1967

RETURN HOME * ALVA LEWIS * CALTONE 111 * UK

A popular theme in music from the West Indies, returning, or going, home, which on one level must have a lot to do with the deeply adhered to feeling of estrangement many people have for Africa as the spiritual home of their ancestors. It is interesting that there are other communities who have also been displaced and forcibly evicted from their native soil that do not share this same desire and constant reference to some place as being their true home in any sense of the word. Many present day Australians, for instance, are from an ancestral stock, more recent than their African equivalent, that was forcibly removed from England, Scotland and Wales and made to live in the Antipodes, yet those decedents of native Britons do not, as far as I am aware, make constant reference to 'going home'. This is not true with the Irish many of whom voluntarily emigrated from Ireland yet constantly refer to the 'Emerald Isles' as their true home, often in the most sentimental terms, with probably more songs devoted to the worship of that place than any other nationality. 

See also:

Revelation

 

Some other 'Going Home' records:

Rome Home, Home, Home Iíve Got To Go Back home I Am Going Home Iím Coming Home

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