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"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. 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 1909, it was featured[citation needed] in the silent film The House of Cards, an Edison Studios film.[1] 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.[citation needed]

The song is famous in Japan as Template:Nihongo ("My Humble Cottage"). It has been used in such movies as The Burmese Harp[2] and Grave of the Fireflies. It is also used at Senri-Chūō Station on the Kita-Osaka Kyūkō Railway.

Popular culture[]

Key phrases from the song have been a cultural staple for several generations.

  • The song was very popular with troops on both sides of the American Civil War.
  • It was a particular favorite of President Abraham Lincoln and his wife, who requested it in an 1862 performance at the White House by opera singer Adelina Patti.
  • Needlework portraits of a house with the phrase "Home Sweet Home" have long been an icon.
  • The song's melody played in the underscore as Dorothy spoke of "No Place Like Home" near the end of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.
  • Tom Lehrer's satire of the old southern United States finished with the line, "Be it ever so decadent, there's no place like home."
  • The song is featured in the film Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), when Jonathon first speaks with his Aunts.
  • The song is featured in the film "Amityville II: The Possession" (1982).


  1. The House of Cards at the Internet Movie Database
  2. Tony Rayns (16 March 2007). "The Burmese Harp: Unknown Soldiers". The Criterion Collection. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 

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