He expresses a desire to return home and be with his lover. The release was accompanied by a music video, directed by Noble Jones, who had previously filmed the video for "Feeling Good". The song was also used in the film The Wedding Date. Subsequently, two cover versions of the song have also been released as singles by other artists. The first of these was recorded by Irish boyband Westlife , whose version was a top ten hit in several European countries. American country music singer Blake Shelton also released his version in early , which reached the top of the American country singles charts.
He was expressing the sentiment we've all felt, of wanting to be home after being gone for a long period of time. When I first heard what he had to say, I felt it might be too much of a complaint, especially since it was about being stuck in Europe, where we happened to be; I thought to myself, "Oh, great, complain about being stuck in Europe. So I sat down at the piano, and we worked on it again, and my part of it came together. Then we sent it on to Amy. Amy Foster-Gillies: My dad [singer-songwriter David Foster] introduced me to Michael before he was even signed to a record deal. I was living in Los Angeles at the time, so we became fast friends; he stayed at our house, and he helped host my daughter's fifth birthday party. He's such a good human being, and he promised me that any success that he had, he would include me. I just thought to myself, "Yeah, sure. The first opportunity he had to write an original song, he called me and asked me to help out. Just like Alan said, when I first heard the song, I thought it was about bashing Europe, too.
His recording of "Home" was released as a single on May 23, and included as a track on the compilations American Idol Season Finale - Season 11 EP and Journey to the Finale released at the same time. The single debuted at No. According to Drew Pearson, it was originally intended for Greg Holden, but was submitted to Idol as a possible finale number by Pearson's publishing company, Pulse Recordings. Originally it had only two verses, but an arrangement change was made about a month after it was written, and the second verse was repeated. After the release of the song, Phillips said that while the song and its writers are "really good", "it's not really something I would write". The song "Home" was well-received when it was first performed on American Idol. Phillips received a standing ovation—the only one of the night—from the judges. Randy Jackson said, "Dude, I loved the song, I love you, I loved the production, I loved the marching band--everything about that was perfect! Professional reviewers have praised the song unanimously, calling it one of the best American Idol coronation songs of all time.
Home means something different to everyone, so it make sense that songs about home span genres of music. There are plenty of songs about homes and hometowns that are nostalgic, especially country tunes. While plenty of home songs are sentimental, they can be about new beginnings, too.