Home Thoughts From Abroad 
Words & Music by Clifford T Ward

This song is recorded on, and gave the title to Cliff's 'Home Thoughts' album (1973): it also formed the 'B' side of his famous single Gaye (which reached number 8 in the charts). It was re-released as an 'A' side in 1976. In a recent survey conducted by 'Waves Fanzine', readers voted this song Cliff's best all-time composition - it just beat Up In The World (the song covered by Cliff Richard and Art Garfunkel) into second place: these two won a landslide victory. Indeed, the album itself ('Home Thoughts') is a masterpiece and few fans will dispute it is Cliff's best. The song was named after the poem by Robert Browning.

Home Thoughts From Abroad  

I could be a millionaire if I had the money
I could own a mansion, no I don't think I'd like that
But I might write a song that makes you laugh, now that would be funny
And you could tell your friends in England you'd like that
But now I've chosen aeroplanes and boats to come between us
And a line or two on paper wouldn't go amiss
How is Worcestershire? Is it still the same between us?
Do you still use television to send you fast asleep?
Can you last another week? Does the cistern still leak?
Or have you found a man to mend it?
Oh, and by the way, how's your broken heart?
Is that mended too? I miss you
I miss you, I really do.

I've been reading Browning, Keats and William Wordsworth
And they all seem to be saying the same thing for me
Well I like the words they use, and I like the way they use them
You know, Home Thoughts From Abroad is such a beautiful poem
And I know how Robert Browning must have felt
'Cause I'm feeling the same way about you
Wondering what you're doing and if you need some help
Do I still occupy your mind? Am I being so unkind?
Do you find it very lonely, or have you found someone to laugh with?
Oh, and by the way, are you laughing now?
'Cause I'm not, I miss you
I miss you, I really do.

I really do.

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