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Home Is Where the Hatred Is
Esther Phillips Lyrics


A junkie walking through the twilight
I'm on my way home
I left three days ago but no one seems to know
I'm gone

Home is where the hatred is, home is filled with pain
And it might not be such a bad idea
If I never, never went home again
Stand as far away from me as you can and ask me why

Hang on to your rosary beads
Close your eyes to watch me die
You keep sayin', kick it, quit it
Kick it, quit it, kick it, quit it

God, but did you ever try to turn your sick soul
Inside out so that the world can watch you die
Home is where I live, inside my white power dreams
Home was once an empty vacuum that's filled now
With my silent screams

Home is where the needle marks
Try to hear my broken heart
And it might not be such a bad idea
If i never, never went home again

Home again, home again, home again
Kick it quit it, kick it quit it, kick it quit it
Kick it, can`t go home again

Lyrics © CARLIN AMERICA INC, Peermusic Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: GIL SCOTT-HERON

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A junkie walking through the twilight
I'm on my way home
I left three days ago, but no one seems to know I'm gone
Home is where the hatred is
Home is filled with pain and it,
might not be such a bad idea if i never, never went home again

stand as far away from me as you can and ask me why
hang on to your rosary beads
close your eyes to watch me die
you keep saying, kick it, quit it, kick it, quit it
God, but did you ever try
to turn your sick soul inside out
so that the world, so that the world
can watch you die

home is where I live inside my white powder dreams
home was once an empty vacuum that's filled now with my silent screams
home is where the needle marks
try to heal my broken heart
and it might not be such a bad idea if I never, if I never went home again
home again
home again
home again
kick it, quit it
kick it, quit it
kick it, quit it
kick it, can't go home again



All comments from YouTube:

ChrisOtheBigC

Brilliant. Esther was nominated for a Grammy for her performances on this album: Aretha Franklin won. Ms. Franklin literally handed her trophy over to Ms. Phillips, stating that she believed no one but Esther Phillips deserved it that year. True story. CLASS.

Blair Proctor

@AfroSoul there's photos back in 1970s showing Aretha handing her Grammy to Esther in Jet Mag. However, I completely agree with you on the depiction of Aretha in Genius as being selfish.

AfroSoul

After seeing Genesis Aretha I can’t see her doing that. But if did salute to her.

Jeffrey Hall

Yeah!

Richard Marshall Bowman

I once saw Ms. Esther perform this song in Seattle back in the day...the 70's @ The Heritage House.    There wasn't a dry eye in the place.   But, she didn't just perform this,she lived this song....So did Gil.....and.....so did I.

Jeffrey Hall

@Kristy Daniels We are Kindred Spirits!

Amanda Gierat

Wow. Lucky you 🙏🏼💥

Kristy Daniels

So did I, it was pure HELL!

loveloses

Light and strength to you sir

Pauletta Nelson

Esther Phillips sings this song like she owns it.  I love her voice.  Unfortunately her and Gil Scott-Heron encountered the same kind of demise.  Her voice was unique, there is no one that sings like her.  R.I.P. to the both of them.

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