Phillip Phillips Lyrical Analysis: “Home” Is Wherever and Whatever You Say It Is

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Posted by on 01/17/2013 at 3:04 PM Lyrics, TV Week

In “Between the Lines,” we geekily analyze the the lyrics of your favorite songs, line by line, and–BEST PART–you get to join in and do the very same! Propose your own interpretation, tell us why we JUST DON’T GET IT, or lead your very own conversation.

"Settle down / It'll all be clear," Phillip Phillips sings in a repeated verse from his smash hit "Home." Will it, though? Phillips' American Idol coronation song and mainstream breakthrough is notably distinctive from Idol originals past in many, many ways, but its ambiguity is one of its most striking differences. Unlike past super-direct, face-value Idol songs, specifics are kept to a bare minimum, and the song's "I'm gonna make this place your home" refrain, while touching and comforting, has a vagueness to it that allows the listener to sort derive their own meaning from it.

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