Findin’ The Right Way Home

The line “Findin’ the right way home” appears several times in different forms in Jimmy Buffett’s song, “Incommunicado”.  But it’s the line that has stood out to me over the past several days while the song has rolled around my mind.  I think it’s because I’ve been searching for a home, a permanent home for going on five years now.  Whether it’s a physical home, a spiritual home, a metaphorical home… I don’t know the answer to that.  I thought I had found it in San Diego and there isn’t a day that goes by I don’t long to be back there.  I just keep thinking that I can make it work out there, somehow.  I don’t know what was so toxic, I just know that something was.  But enough of that.  Here’s the song that has been with me for the past two days.

by Jimmy Buffett

Travis McGee’s still in Cedar Key
That’s what John McDonald said
My rendezvous so long overdue
With all of the things I’ve sung and read
They still apply to me, they all make sense in time

But now I’m incommunicado
Driving by myself down the road with a hole in it
Songs with no bravado
Takin’ the long way home

Now on the day that John Wayne died
I found myself on the continental divide
Tell me where do we go from here?
Think I’ll ride into Leadville and have a few beers
Think of “Red River”, “Liberty Valence” can’t believe
the old man’s gone

But now he’s incommunicado
Leaving such a hole in a world that believed
That a life with such bravado
Was taking the right way home

So when I finished the last line
I put the book by itself on the shelf
With my heart in it
Never wasting time takin’ the right way home
I know you’re never wastin’ time
Findin’ the right way home

Still I am incommunicado
Livin’ next door to a leg with a pin in it
Never wastin’ time, takin’ the right way home

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