Home Sweet Home: About the Song

Song History

"Home Sweet Home" was written by American lyricist John Howard Payne and English composer Sir Henry Bishop for an opera that was first produced in London in 1823. The song became hugely popular throughout the United States, and was a favorite of both Union and Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.

Lyrics

chorus:
Home! Home!
Sweet, sweet home!
There's no place like home
There's no place like home

verses:
'Mid pleasures and palaces
Though I may roam
Be it ever so humble
There's no place like home

A charm from the sky
Seems to hallow us there
Which seek thro' the world
Is ne'er met with elsewhere

To thee, I'll return
O verburdened with care
The heart's dearest solace
W ill smile on me there

No more from that cottage
A gain I will roam
Be it ever so humble
There's no place like home

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