Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)

Marvin Gaye, Sy Klopps Blues Band

About Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)

"Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" is a song written by Marvin Gaye, Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield, and first recorded by Gaye in 1962. It was the B-side to his 1969 hit "Too Busy Thinking 'Bout My Baby". Nearly two decades later, Paul Young's version of the song was a UK No. 1 single for three weeks in July 1983.


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By the look in your eye I can tell you're gonna cry.
Is it over me?
If it is, save your tears
For I'm not worth it, you see.
For I'm the type of boy who is always on the roam,
Wherever I lay my hat that's my home,
I'm telling you that's my home.
You had romance, did you break it by chance over me?
If it's so I'd like for you to know
That I'm not worth it, you see.
For I'm the type of boy who is always on the roam, mm,
Wherever I lay my hat that's my home,
Mm, that's my home.
Oh, you keep telling me, you keep telling me I'm your man.
What do I have to do to make you understand?
For I'm the type of guy who gives girl the eye, everybody knows.
But I love them and I leave them,
Break their hearts and deceive them everywhere I go.
Don't you know that I'm the type of man who is always on the roam,
Wherever I lay my hat that's my home.
Wherever I lay my hat, oh oh, that's my home, mm yeh,
That's my home and I like it that way.

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Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984), born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr., was an American singer-songwriter and musician whose career spanned more than two decades. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., he was the son of a storefront minister of a local Pentecostal church sect and grew up singing gospel in church revivals as a young child. Gaye branched out into secular music as a teenager, joining the doo-wop group The Marquees, after returning from an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force, before the group was hired by Harvey Fuqua to be Harvey & The Moonglows. Following the band's separation in 1960, Gaye began working as a session drummer for the Detroit music label, Anna, before signing with Motown Records in 1961, adding an "e" to his s… more »

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Written by: Barrett Strong, Marvin Gaye, Marvin P Gaye, Norman Whitfield, Norman J. Whitfield

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11 facts about this song

Song Origin
"Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" is actually a song by American singer Marvin Gaye, released in 1962.
Repurposed Song
Although the song was originally performed by Marvin Gaye, it was covered by English singer Paul Young in 1983 and became a big hit.
Chart Performance
Paul Young's version of "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in July 1983, and was also his first solo single.
Album Placement
Paul Young’s cover was included in his debut album “No Parlez”.
Dissimilarity in Success
Marvin Gaye’s original song did not chart, which is a stark contrast to the success of Paul Young's cover version in the 1980s.
Artistic License
While covering the song, Paul Young swapped around a verse and a chorus, presumably to offer a fresh take on the song.
Composition
The song "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" was co-written by Marvin Gaye, Clarence Paul, and Barrett Strong.
Song Theme
The song's lyric emphasizes the theme of non-commitment and a free-spirited approach towards life, with the protagonist refusing to settle at one place and treating every place where he lays his hat as his home.
Music Video
The music video for Paul Young's version of "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" features a brief appearance by a then-unknown model named Paulina Porizkova, who went on to have a successful career.
Impact on Career
The success of "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" effectively launched Paul Young's career, and he went on to have a series of UK Top 40 hits in the 1980s.
Recognition
In 1983, Paul Young's interpretation of "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" won the Brit Award for Best British Video.

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