Better Be Home Soon

Crowded House

About Better Be Home Soon

"Better Be Home Soon" Sample is a 1988 song written by Neil Finn and performed by the rock band Crowded House. The song was released as a single in June 1988 by Capitol Records. It performed modestly on both the American and British charts, but managed to peak at number two on the Australian and New Zealand charts. The song appeared on the album Temple of Low Men, which was later released in July 1988. In 2001, and the song was voted by members of APRA as the 33rd best New Zealand song of the 20th century. In 2005, following drummer Paul Hester's death, Neil Finn performed the song solo at the ARIA Awards while a montage of Hester's life was played in the background. 


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Somewhere deep inside
Something's got a hold on you
And it's pushing me aside
See it stretch on forever

I know I'm right
For the first time in my life
That's why I tell you
You'd better be home soon

Stripping back the coats
Of lies and deception
Back to nothingness
Like a week in the desert

I know I'm right
For the first time in my life
That's why I tell you
You'd better be home soon

So don't say no
Don't say nothing's wrong
Cause when you get back home
Maybe I'll be gone

It would cause me pain
If we were to end it
But I could start again
You can depend on it

I know I'm right
For the first time in my life
That's why I tell you
You'd better be home soon
That's why I tell you
You'd better be home soon

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Crowded House

Crowded House are a pop rock band formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1985 by lead-vocalist and primary songwriter, New Zealand-born Neil Finn. The other founding members were Australians Paul Hester and Nick Seymour. Later band members included Neil's brother Tim Finn and Americans Mark Hart and Matt Sherrod. Crowded House are referred to as The Crowdies by Australian fans. more »

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Written by: Neil Mullane Finn

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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12 facts about this song

Release Information
"Better Be Home Soon" is a song by Crowded House from their second album, "Temple of Low Men." It was released as a single in 1988.
Chart Performance
The song achieved major chart success. It reached the number 2 spot on the Australia ARIA Charts, number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and number 13 on UK Singles Chart.
Song Composition
The song is played in the key of C Major and is noted for its simplicity and classic chord structure, including bar chords and basic progressions.
Lyric Composition
The heart-touching lyrics, penned by lead vocalist Neil Finn, reportedly reflect the pressure and tension the band experienced while working on their second album.
Award Nominations
In 1989, "Better Be Home Soon" was nominated for the ARIA Music Award for Single of the Year and won the APRA award for Song of the Year.
Song Theme
The song discusses desperation, loneliness, and longing for home - feelings that resonated well with listeners.
Music Video
The music video for the song, directed by Alex Proyas, features the band performing in a room filled with candles, creating an intimate and haunting atmosphere.
In 2005, Yaël Naim performed a cover of "Better Be Home Soon" alongside David Donatien.
Song Legacy
"Better Be Home Soon" is considered one of Crowded House's signature songs and remains incredibly popular, often highlighted in their live performances.
Career Impact
The song really solidified Crowded House's presence in the international music scene and they continued to have successful hits throughout the 1990s.
Other Appearances
The song featured in the 1996 Australian movie "Cosi," contributing to the film's impactful soundtrack.
Rolling Stone Australia named "Better Be Home Soon" as one of 'The 100 Greatest Australian Songs Of All Time'.

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