Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head

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Here comes Mr. Misery
He's tearing out his hair again
He's crying over her again
He's standing in the super-market shouting at the customers

Here comes Mr. Misery
He'll never be any good with a mouth full of gold and blood
He's contemplating murder again
He must be in love

But you know she doesn't want you
But you can't seem to get it in your head
Oh and you can't sleep at night
And she haunts you when you go to bed
When you're tired of talking and you can't drink it down
So you hang around and drown instead
Home isn't where it used to be
Home is anywhere you hang your head

You hang your head
Home is anywhere
You hang your head
Home is anywhere
You hang your head
Home is anywhere you hang your head

Here comes Mr. Misery
Looking for a place for his mouth to shoot
Saying "You'd look cute in your birthday suit"
You tore him out and screwed him up
Like a bad page in a naughty picture book

The day ended as it began
He was seconds older than the man he was this morning
And the world has wiped it's mouth since then
Or maybe it was yawning


Home isn't where it used to be
Home is anywhere you hang your head

Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head
Written byDeclan MacManus
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe with Colin Fairley
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar, balgo, kanoj, klingovaroj
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
Nick Lowe - acoustic guitar
RecordedMarch-May 1986, Olympic Studios, London
ReleasedSeptember 15, 1986
AlbumsBlood & Chocolate, 1986
CollectionsGirls Girls Girls (cassette), 1989
Various Artists collectionsLine: Der Sampler 12, 1986 (Germany)

First known performance:
October 5, 1986, Los Angeles, CA
Last known performance:
February 10, 2023, New York, NY
     (65 known performances, 9 as a snippet)

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Andrew performed live, 2003-03-27, EC tribute, Knitting Factory, Los Angeles 2003 archive.org
Ross Bellenoit & The Deceptions performed live, 2016-05-19, Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore, Pennsylvania 2016 YouTube
Robbie Fulks performed live, 2020-10-18, private venue, Los Angeles, CA 2020 AllMusicSetlist.fm
Nick Lowe performed live, 2010-10-01, RDSHP benefit, San Francisco 2010 Richard de Lone Special Housing Project
Erich Sellheim home studio production, sung in German 2019 YouTube

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