Leaving Home


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"Leaving Home" is a song from Slightly Odway, the debut album of Australian alternative rock band, Jebediah. It was written by band members, Chris Daymond, Kevin Mitchell, Vanessa Thornton and Brett Mitchell. It was released as a single on 27 June 1997 on the Murmur label, which peaked at number 48 on the ARIA Singles Chart and reached number 10 in the Triple J Hottest 100 music poll for 1997.


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Were you laughed at by your friends 
And were you lost for words when everybody finally told you what they thought 
You can't keep up with the trend 
It makes you lose but somehow everybody always makes up in the end 
Oh, was it something that I ate 
Oh, didn't even touch my plate 
Oh, suddenly I'm feeling great 
Do you like me now 

Leaving home, life was never good to me 
Leaving home, I smell the morning air 
Leaving home, life was never good 
You can work it out we're leaving home 

I could hear them through the door 
As people came in laughing at the way they acted when they were alone 
And an argument can start with nothing more than this 
To be the light and leave you standing on your own 
Oh, am I doing it again 
Oh, I'm a loser now and then 
Oh, and I smile at everything 
Do you like me now 


Hope I like the life I find when I leave everything behind 
I hope I'm sure I've made my mind to go and leave home

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Jebediah is an Australian alternative rock band formed in 1994 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia. The group consists of vocalist and guitarist, Kevin Mitchell, guitarist, Chris Daymond, bassist, Vanessa Thornton, and Kevin's brother, Brett Mitchell on drums. After winning the National Campus Band Competition, the band was brought to national attention when the single, "Jerks of Attention", received heavy airplay on Australian alternative radio station, Triple J—this was followed by the release of the breakthrough debut album, Slightly Odway. more »

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Leaving Home" Release
"Leaving Home" by Jebediah is a popular punk rock song that was released on May 12th, 1997.
Album Debut
The song was taken from Jebediah's first album called "Slightly Odway." The album turned platinum in Australia.
Chart Ranking
"Leaving Home" peaked at number 10 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart.
Song's Success
The hit single also went on to be listed as #48 in the Triple J Hottest 100 in 1997.
Music Video
The music video of "Leaving Home" features the band members riding in a car, with scenes of them performing.
Musical Genre
The song is categorized under genres such as punk rock, alternative rock, and indie rock.
Band members Kevin Mitchell (also known by his alias Bob Evans), Chris Daymond, Vanessa Thornton, and Brett Mitchell are the songwriters of "Leaving Home."
About the Song
"Leaving Home" is essentially a coming-of-age song that deals with the raw emotions and sudden responsibilities of growing up and leaving home.
The song was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).
Band's Breakthrough
"Leaving Home" was regarded as Jebediah's breakthrough single and one of the songs that helped identify "the Jebs" sound.

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