Welcome Home

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"Welcome Home" is a single by New Zealand singer/songwriter Dave Dobbyn, released in 2006 from the album Available Light. The song reached number 10 on the New Zealand charts.


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Tonight I am feeling for you
Under the state of a strange land
You have sacrificed much to be here
There but for grace as I offer my hand
Welcome home, I bid you welcome, I bid you welcome
Welcome home from the bottom of my heart
Out here on the edge
The empire is fading by the day
And the world is so weary in war
Maybe we'll find that new way

So welcome home, see I made a space for you now
Welcome home from the bottom of our heart
Welcome home from the bottom of our hearts
Keep it coming now keep it coming now
You'll find most of us here with our hearts wide open
Keep it coming now keep on coming now 
Keep it coming now keep on coming now

There's a woman with her hands trembling
And she sings with a mountain's memory 

There's a cloud the full length of these isles
Just playing chase with the sun
And it's black and it's white and it's wild
All the colours are one

So welcome home, I bid you welcome, I bid you welcome
Welcome home from the bottom of our hearts
Welcome home, see I made a space for you now
Welcome home from the bottom of our hearts
From the bottom of our hearts

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Dave Dobbyn

Dave Dobbyn, ONZM (born 3 January 1957) is a New Zealand musician, singer-songwriter and record producer. In his early career he was a member of the rock group Th' Dudes and was the main creative force in pop band DD Smash. Since then he has released the majority of his recordings as a solo performer. more »

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10 facts about this song

Release and Popularity
"Welcome Home" by Dave Dobbyn was released in 2005 and quickly became one of the artist's most popular songs in his homeland of New Zealand.
Song Subject
The song is about inclusivity and welcoming all people to New Zealand, regardless of their background or where they come from – a sentiment often associated with Kiwi culture.
Recognition & Awards
"Welcome Home" won the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Award in 2005; it is a peer-judged songwriting award that recognizes creativity, originality, and excellence of a single song by a New Zealand songwriter.
Social Impact
The song's message of unity and acceptance resonates strongly within the New Zealand community. After the Christchurch mosque shootings in 2019, the song was used widely as a symbol of solidarity and hope.
Live Performances
"Welcome Home" is often used in nationwide formal events and concerts, creating a bond and connection among the audience that transcends beyond music.
Music Video
The music video for "Welcome Home" features Dave Dobbyn with a diversity of people, highlighting the multicultural inclusivity message of the song.
Cultural Significance
The song has become somewhat of an anthem in New Zealand for its powerful message about welcoming strangers and treating them as friends and family.
Influences
The song was reportedly influenced by a real-life scenario, wherein Dobbyn was upset due to an incident of an Algerian asylum-seeker who sewed his lips together during a hunger strike.
Success
"Welcome Home" reached #9 in the New Zealand music charts.
Critical Reception
Critics have praised the song for its heartfelt lyrics and evocative message. It's often cited as an example of Dobbyn's ability to create music that resonates with New Zealanders.

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