43. Clifford T. Ward : Homethoughts 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.

Songwriters: Clifford T. Ward


Note:
Worcestershire: Where I was born
Cistern: A tank for storing water, especially one supplying taps or as part of a flushing toilet.
Browning: Robert Browning. Poet. Wrote a poem called Home Thoughts From Abroad, in 1845. It is written as a first person, in which the speaker expresses feelings of homesickness through sentimental references to the English countryside. The poem’s opening lines are renowned for their evocation of patriotic nostalgia

Oh, to be in England now that April’s there


Keats: John Keates, poet, 1795-1821.
William Wordsworth: Poet, 1770-1850.