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2. The Love Thieves
3. Home
List of Ultra songs
4. It's No Good
Song Home
By Depeche Mode
Songwriter Martin L. Gore
Produced by Depeche Mode
Tim Simenon
Recorded at Abbey Road
RAK (London)
Electric Lady (New York City)
Larrabee West (Los Angeles)
Length (mm:ss) 5:40 (album version)
5:45 (single version)
3:59 (radio edit)
Tempo 151 BPM
Time signature 4
Key D♭ Major
Programmed by Kerry Hopwood
Engineered by Q
Engineering assistance Paul Hicks
Guy Massey
Lee Fitzgerald
Tom Rixton
Gary Forde
Lee Phillips
Jamie Campbell
Audie Chamberlain
Robbie Kazandjian
Mixed by Tim Simenon
Mastered by Mike Marsh
Keyboards Dave Clayton
String arrangements Dave Clayton
Score, conducting Richard Niles
String coordination Graeme Perkins
Additional vocal engineering Gareth Jones
Vocal coach Evelyn Halus
Art direction Anton Corbijn
Colour prints Brian Dowling
Sleeve design Area
Recorded January 1996–February 1997
Originally released 16 June 1997
Live performances as Depeche Mode 572 times *
Total live performances 576 times *

"Home" is a song from the 1997 album Ultra by Depeche Mode. It was released as a single on 16 June 1997.


The string section of the song was recorded in one day in early June 1996 at Westside Studios, the same studio where a great portion of the album Black Celebration was recorded.

Martin Gore in Bong magazine issue no. 37, 1998: "It's got a great atmosphere and a great string arrangement."

Gore says in a Mexican magazine called Revolution in early 2010:

"To be honest that song was written at a pretty dark period in my life when I was recognising the amount that I was depending on alcohol to fill my daily existence. I saw that my whole lifestyle was being affected by that fact and I think the song was a way of recording my "resignation" at the situation."

During a 'TimesTalks' conference in March 2017, an audience member asked Martin Gore about this song:

Q: A very special song to me is 'Home'. Could you talk a little bit about how that came about, [and] what's behind it, the meaning?

Martin Gore: ... ehm...

Andy Fletcher: I know what he's gonna say.

Martin: Do you? Do you want- please!

Andy: Well I always thought it was about home, going home, etcetera etcetera, and then Martin said, "It's not about that, it's about death." Is that true?

Martin: Kind of, yeah. I mean, I was going through a very dark period at that time, and I had just imagined that I was heading for an early grave, and kind of accepting that at that point.



Here is a song

From the wrong side of town

Where I'm bound

To the ground

By the loneliest sound

That pounds from within

And is pinning me down

Here is a page

From the emptiest stage

A cage or the heaviest cross ever made

A gauge of the deadliest trap ever laid

And I thank you

For bringing me here

For showing me home

For singing these tears

Finally I've found

That I belong here

The heat and the sickliest

Sweet smelling sheets

That cling to the backs of my knees

And my feet

But I'm drowning in time

To a desperate beat

And I thank you

For bringing me here

For showing me home

For singing these tears

Finally I've found

That I belong

Feels like home

I should have known

From my first breath

God send the only true friend

I call mine

Pretend that I'll make amends

The next time

Befriend the glorious end of the line

And I thank you

For bringing me here

For showing me home

For singing these tears

Finally I've found

That I belong here

Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©1997 Grabbing Hands Music Ltd/EMI Music Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Music video

Live performances

Main article: Available recordings of "Home"
Main article: List of dates where "Home" was played

Live versions

This section provides an example of a live version of Home from each tour that it was played.

1981-1985: Dreaming Of MeNew LifeJust Can't Get EnoughSee YouThe Meaning Of Love
Leave In SilenceGet The Balance RightEverything CountsLove In ItselfPeople Are PeopleMaster And ServantBlasphemous Rumours / SomebodyShake The DiseaseIt's Called A Heart
1986-1989: StrippedBut Not TonightA Question Of LustA Question Of TimeStrangelove
Never Let Me Down AgainBehind The WheelLittle 15Personal Jesus
1990-1998: Enjoy The SilencePolicy Of TruthWorld In My EyesI Feel YouWalking In My ShoesCondemnationIn Your RoomBarrel Of A GunIt's No GoodHomeUseless
Only When I Lose Myself
2001-2009: Dream OnI Feel LovedFreeloveGoodnight LoversPreciousA Pain That I'm Used To
Suffer WellJohn The Revelator / LilianMartyrWrongPeaceFragile Tension / Hole To Feed
2013-2017: HeavenSoothe My SoulShould Be HigherWhere's The RevolutionGoing Backwards
Cover Me
2023: Ghosts Again
1992-1998: Faith HealerDriftingStalker / Missing Piece
2000-2008: Strange HoursJezebelPreyAllelujah
2003-2008: Dirty Sticky FloorsI Need YouBottle Living / Hold OnA Little PieceKingdomSaw Something / Deeper And Deeper
2012-2015: Longest DayTake Me Back HomeAll Of This And NothingShine
1989-2003: CompulsionStardustLoverman
2012-2015: SpockSingle BlipAftermathsEuropa Hymn • "Pinking" (Christoffer Berg Remix)
Official releases