“Home, Sweet Home” Gets Me Every Time

Home Sweet Home art from Etsy shop claireabellemakes

As a writer, by profession, I explore words and phrases every day. I’m fascinated by clichés and oft-used phrases. So, I’ve decided to bore you all with a look at where some of those sayings come from.

Starting with one that we should all feel so lucky to say, “Home, Sweet Home.” (It’s also one I touched upon in great detail yesterday.) So where does “Home ,Sweet Home” come from? And what does “Home, Sweet Home” mean?

Home Sweet Home vintage mugs from Etsy shop SimpleTreasury

Well, according to the vast depths of the internet wikipedia, the phrase originates from an American playwright, author, poet and all-around creative guy, John Howard Payne. In 1822 he wrote the lyrics, which were then set to music and the next year, became an integral song of the 1823 novella Clari, or The Maid of Milan. (Not to be confused with the later opera Clari.)

The lyrics are as follows:

Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home;
A charm from the skies seems to hallow us there,
Which seek thro’ the world, is ne’er met elsewhere.
Home! Home! Sweet, sweet home!
There’s no place like home
There’s no place like home!

There’s even a movie about the lyricist, appropriately titled, Home, Sweet Home.

Home Sweet Home pillowcase from Etsy Shop audemarine

But that doesn’t really answer the question, “what does ‘home, sweet home’ mean?” I guess nothing is going to answer that question except one’s own mind though.

To me, “home, sweet home” is not referencing a place, but the feelings associated with the idea of home.  “Home, sweet home,” is the comfort and safety associated with that idea. It’s the familiarity and ease and all the feelings—stress, love and everything in between.

My “home, sweet home” is the sigh of relief I feel after a long day. It’s the joy I feel when surrounded by friends and family. It’s the pride of a job well done. It’s the weight lifting off my shoulders before a three-day weekend.

What’s does “home, sweet home” feel like to you?


  1. Alex says:

    Gonna get wicked cheesy on you, but home is wherever Craig and Toby are. I can be anywhere, and as long as I have them with me it’s home sweet home to me. It’s a feeling of comfort, and nothing gives me that more than those two.

  2. Thanks for featuring my Home Sweet Home wall art, super nice of you!

    Home for me is the place I feel comforted. AS someone who struggles with health issues, home is where I can recover and relax (mostly in the presence of a fluffy persian cat!).

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