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2. The Love Thieves
3. Home
List of Ultra songs
4. It's No Good
Depeche Mode
Produced by
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)
151 BPM
Time signature
D♭ Major
Engineering assistance
Paul Hicks
Guy Massey
Lee Fitzgerald
Tom Rixton
Gary Forde
Lee Phillips
Jamie Campbell
Audie Chamberlain
Robbie Kazandjian
Mike Marsh
String arrangements
Score, conducting
Richard Niles
String coordination
Graeme Perkins
Additional vocal engineering
Vocal coach
Evelyn Halus
Art direction
Colour prints
Brian Dowling
Sleeve design
January, 1996 - February, 1997
Originally released
June 16, 1997
Played live
540 times *
Total live plays
544 times *

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

Dates with available recordings of Home

There are currently 361 recordings of Home available.

Dates where Home was played

1997 Ultra Parties

Home was played 2 times during this tour.

1998 The Singles Tour

Home was played 64 times during this tour.

2001 Exciter Tour

Home was played 85 times during this tour.

2003 Paper Monsters Tour (Dave Gahan solo)

  • Home was not played during this tour.

2003 "A Night With Martin L. Gore" (Martin L. Gore solo)

Home was played 4 times during this tour.

2005-2006 Touring The Angel

Home was played 124 times during this tour.

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

Home was played 88 times during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

Home was played 58 times during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

Home was played 119 times during this tour.

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