"Missing home" in songs

Tom Lehrer spoofed it in “My Home Town”:

“I Wanna Go Back to Dixie”:

And (sort of in) “The Wild West is Where I Want to Be”

500 Miles - Bobby Bare

Tulare Dust - Merle Haggard

They’re Tearing the Labor Camps Down - Merle Haggard

Big City - Merle Haggard

Luckenbach Texas - Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson

“Where Corn Don’t Grow” - Travis Tritt

“My Old Kentucky Home” – Stephen Foster
“My Old Kentucky Home” – Randy Newman
“Take Me Back to Manhattan” – Cole Porter
“Berkshire Poppies” – Traffic
“Acadian Driftwood” – the Band
“My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua Hawaii” – Hank Snow

Them Old Cotton Fields Back Home - Johnny Cash

Tennessee - Arrested Development

I Sang Dixie - Dwight Yoakam

Back to the Old House - The Smiths

Probably at least a third of the bluegrass genre is about missing home. For example, Tall Pines: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mitohz4Y7N8

A number of Irish-American songs from around the time of the great migration are about missing Ireland, the girl back home or mother as well. Although I haven’t studied as much music outside of English language, I would have to imagine that any group that has migrated in large numbers has a few such songs.

There are uncountable songs of this sort in the Irish-American tradition. Some of the better-known ones are on this album.

A couple of other songs that spring to mind are “Home” by Si Kahn, and “Sloop John B” (aka “The John B Sails,” “The Wreck of the John B,” “I Want to Go Home” and probably other names).

You Can’t Go Home Again (Nanci Griffith. The city is Austin.)
Isle of Innisfree (Irish traditional, various artists)

This reminded me of Spinal Tap’s song “Hell Hole”. It’s about thinking your home is a hell hole and being eager to get out, and the narrator in the song does just that. He gets out and becomes rich and famous, only to discover it isn’t what he expected and now he can’t wait to get back to his “hell hole”.

Speaking of bluegrass:

Rank Strangers - The Stanley Brothers

Bowling Green - The Everly Brothers

My Home’s in Alabama - Alabama

Galveston - Glen Campbell

The Old Apartment - Barenaked Ladies

House That We Used to Live In - The Smithereens
Our House - Madness

Come Dancing - The Kinks