(I Want to) Come Home

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"(I Want to) Come Home"
Single by Paul McCartney
Released 1 March 2010
Format Download
Genre Rock
Length 3:34
Label MPL Communications
Writer(s) Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney singles chronology
"Meat Free Monday"
"(I Want to) Come Home"
"My Valentine"

"(I Want to) Come Home" is a song written and recorded by Paul McCartney for the 2009 film Everybody's Fine.[1]

Composition and recording[edit]

An early cut of Everybody's Fine was screened for McCartney, with Aretha Franklin's cover of "Let It Be" inserted as a place holder by director Kirk Jones. McCartney was inspired to write the song for the film after connecting with the protagonist, portrayed by Robert De Niro, a widower who "hits the road to visit his scattered children after they cancel a weekend gathering."[1] McCartney told USA Today, "I can very much relate to a guy who's got older children, who happens to have lost his wife, the mother of those children, and is trying to get them all together at Christmas. I understand that."[1] After recording a demo version on cassette, McCartney received notes for the song from Jones requesting an intro for the song as opposed to its original "abrupt" start. McCartney then collaborated with the film's music composer Dario Marianelli on orchestrations for the song "resulting in an intimate ballad with piano, guitar and spare strings."[1] "(I Want to) Come Home" was recorded with engineer Geoff Emerick along with 20 other tracks around this time.[2]


The song was released as a single in online music stores on 1 March 2010.[3] According to Amazon.com, the song is not included on the soundtrack to the film.[4] The song was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, but did not win, losing the award to "The Weary Kind", from Crazy Heart, by Ryan Bingham.[5]

Cover version[edit]

In 2012, Tom Jones released a recording of the song on his studio album, Spirit in the Room.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Gundersen, Edna (2 December 2009). "McCartney pens original song for film 'Everybody's Fine'". USA Today. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "The McCartney Recording Sessions - 2009". Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "(I Want To) Come Home released in the UK - Paul McCartney Official Website". Paulmccartney.com. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Amazon.com: Everybody's Fine| Dario Marianelli: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "HFPA - Nominations and Winners". Goldenglobes.org. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Jeffries, David. "Spirit in the Room - Tom Jones : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 April 2013.