"Home! Sweet Home!"
(also known as "Home, Sweet Home"
) is a song that has remained well-known for over 150 years. Adapted from American
actor and dramatist John Howard Payne
's 1823 opera Clari, Maid of Milan
, the song's melody was composed by Englishman
Sir Henry Bishop
with lyrics by Payne. The opening lines
- Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
- Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home;
have become famous.
As soon as 1827 this song was quoted by Swedish composer Franz Berwald
in his Konzertstück for Bassoon and Orchestra
(middle section, marked Andante). It is also used with Sir Henry Wood's Fantasia on British Sea Songs
and in Alexandre Guilmant
's Fantasy for organ
Op. 43, the Fantaisie sur deux mélodies anglaises
, both of which also use "Rule, Britannia!
". In 1857 composer/pianist Sigismond Thalberg
wrote a series of variations for piano (op. 72) on the theme of Home! Sweet Home!
. In 1909, it was featured in the silent film The House of Cards
, an Edison Studios
film. In the particular scene, a frontier bar was hurriedly closed due to a fracas. A card reading "Play Home Sweet Home" was displayed, upon which an on-screen fiddler promptly supplied a pantomime of the song. This may imply a popular association of this song with the closing hour of drinking establishments.
The song is famous in Japan
as ("My Humble Cottage"). It has been used in such movies as The Burmese...