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Darling Be Home Soon Lyrics

Artist: Lovin' Spoonful

Darling Be Home Soon
Lovin' Spoonful
- words and music by John Sebastian
- from the Francis Ford Coppola movie "You're a Big Boy Now"
starring Peter Kastner
- #15 hit for The Lovin' Spoonful in 1967

And talk of all the things we did today
And laugh about our funny little ways
While we have a few minutes to breathe
Then I know that it's time you must leave

But darling be home soon
I couldn't bear to wait an extra minute if you dawdled
My darling be home soon
It's not just these few hours but I've been waiting since I toddled
For the great relief of having you to talk to

And now
A quarter of my life is almost past
I think I've come to see myself at last
And I see that the time spent confused
Was the time that I spent without you
And I feel myself in bloom

So darling be home soon
I couldn't bear to wait an extra minute if you dawdled
My darling be home soon
It's not just these few hours but I've been waiting since I toddled
For the great relief of having you to talk to

------ instrumental break ------

Darling be home soon
I couldn't bear to wait an extra minute if you dawdled
My darling be home soon
It's not just these few hours but I've been waiting since I toddled
For the great relief of having you to talk to

And beat your crazy head against the sky
And see beyond the houses and your eyes
It's ok to shoot the moon

So darling
My darling be home soon
I couldn't bear to wait an extra minute if you dawdled
My darling be home soon
It's not just these few hours but I've been waiting since I toddled
For the great relief of having you to talk to


by RosieAnnie on 5/18/2008 12:52pm
My husband was in ICU for 26 days- unable to hear or speak. One thing for me during this horrific ordeal was I wanted so desperately just "to talk" with him. 5/18/08
by Mike on 2/17/2009 8:30am
Conversation is our gretest riches. And finding one who shares your deepest thoughts with is the true joy of this life. Sebastian expresses it so well.
by Van on 2/21/2009 10:56am
Silence is only "golden" when you have someone to talk to.
by jeff on 2/22/2009 11:38pm
splendid words so prevliged we are to have one another.
by Steph on 3/3/2009 4:08pm
I love the idea of beating one's crazy head against the sky. Its such a profound and beautiful thought.
I love talking to my significant other, its one reason I love having a phone. When I just want to talk, I can just pick it up and he's there on the other end almost always.
by marc on 8/19/2009 10:52pm
we are always waiting, unable to stand it. always.
by davo on 9/2/2009 7:07am
"toddled" seems such a silly word in a song that expresses such a profound expression "for the great relief of having you to talk to" - Love it :)
by Phil on 11/28/2009 5:13pm
I have a girlfriend living in China. I miss holding her and making love to her but I miss talking to her the most.
by whoa on 12/27/2009 4:56pm
tmi buddy
by david white on 2/12/2010 12:58pm
this is one of my favorite songs of all time, it expresses feelings that i had but ould mot articulate
i appreciate ll of your comments
by martin xavier on 5/23/2010 8:49am
nothing like that 1 person that every individual can relate too. blue eyed girl on the other end of the phone
by Michael Caporaletti on 7/7/2010 5:51pm
Such an inspirational song; the lyrics can virtually turn you inside out. Always tell the folks you love how you feel or forever regret you didn't.
by MUsicfan on 7/12/2010 2:46am
This is one of the most beautiful love songs ever written!
by Rexer on 7/20/2010 2:23am
I don't have her anymore. I missed
her for years.
by RE824 on 9/12/2010 2:29am
I Love the sincerity of this song.
by Al's Daughter on 11/22/2010 9:45pm
Now that I do not have a Home, I understand how lovely it is to have someone to want you to come back soon. And that Great Relief is still elusive for me.
by lieveling on 5/4/2011 2:33pm
Have always held same sentiments that Michael describes above from 7/7/2010. When I finally got chance to express the same it was a cloud-nine feeling. Sadly within the hour I had landed without a parachute! No second chance. Perhaps she should have stayed a fantasy. Still a beautifully crafted, magical song.
by Musicfan on 6/29/2011 7:07am
Whay a pure beautiful peace of music bravo!
by MaureenC on 7/2/2011 11:14am
This song is even more sublime now,
cuz I have a love like this in reality!
by john on 9/12/2011 4:46pm
heard on 9/10. ohhh the revelance.
by j.o. on 10/25/2011 12:55pm
tod·dle (tdl)
intr.v. tod·dled, tod·dling, tod·dles
1. To walk with short, unsteady steps.
2. To walk leisurely; stroll.
An unsteady gait.
by yvette on 11/29/2011 7:03pm
This was my mother's song for me. She used to phone my machine and sing a few lines...
she passed in 2007 and the song - whether sung by Lovin' Spoonful or the Rankins or Joe Cocker, still brings me closer to her...
by Marvin Walker on 5/24/2012 10:34pm
I wanted to know the writer - assume it's John Sebastian. Can't believe site dedicated to lyrics wouldn't post writer's name- perhaps it's credited to band?
by Rachel on 5/28/2012 9:43pm
This is my husbands 4th tour in the middle east. This song is beyond fitting.
by Joyce on 6/9/2012 10:35am
The chorus of this song had been bouncing around in my head for weeks and I thought I would go crazy not remembering what it was. I finally heard it again this am o the radio and it took me back 30 years to the lost love of my life. It can be beautiful but also heart wrenching depening on our situations in life.
by Betty on 6/13/2012 6:00am
John Sebastian was young when he wrote this song. When he preforms it now, does he sing "and now three quarters of my life is almost past"?
by PJ on 7/17/2012 1:19pm
Tedeschi Trucks Band opens their live set with this masterpiece. They play it beautifully for 10 minutes or more
by Gary on 7/22/2012 3:38pm
I can't hear this song without thinking of the times my wife, an Air Force Master Sergeant, was away and possibly in harms way for months at a time.
by TOM on 8/14/2012 3:01pm
i want this song played at my funeral. my family knows why.
by RURIK on 10/1/2012 12:54pm
This beautiful song has TWO unusual words that make it lovable...

"Dawdled" and "toddled". You know Sebastian could have rhymed two other words together that related to his message, but picking these two words let you know he's heard his grandma saying "dawdled" (meandered and sidetracked on something else when you were expected at some meeting).

EX: "I was going to meet up with my best girlfriends at the mall, but I got caught up writing on FaceCrook, and "dawdled" way past the time I was supposed to meet up with them."

Then, as if "dawdled" wasn't enough of a prominent verb from the 17th Century, they use "toddled", which gives the whole song a simple folk theme of romance.
by Dave Grosshans on 10/22/2012 7:11pm
To Marvin Walker, John Sebastian wrote the lyrics and music to Darling be Home Soon
by Nelly on 1/12/2013 6:25pm
I have loved this song ever since I heard Bobby Darin´s soft, romantic voice almost whispering it!
by juanananda on 2/26/2013 9:30am
Absolutely a beautiful love song. Certainly one of the most memorable from my youth. I always thought that the heart-wrenching longing seemed more suited for a corny country song, rather than a folk song or a loving ballad.
I think that we can all relate to it because, at a soul level, we long for that deep connection to ourselves. We search, in vain, for intimacy outside of ourselves, but it's not possible without being intimate with ourselves first. Hence, we project it out onto our beloveds. I don't know if John meant to say this, but to me the next to last stanza speaks of our time on earth, we go and beat our crazy heads, etc. I read, go and live life fully. Then, hurry back to our core and get restored in our self-realization.
by Mellanie on 5/2/2013 8:27am
I sang this song to my children and now I sing it to my granddaughter, changing the I to you befoe toddled. To me that holds so much meaning as to my children growing and going their own way and me just wanting to hold on to them but letting go at the same time.
by Kathy on 10/1/2013 1:59am
I got John's albumn in 1972 with this song and have loved it ever since. Joe Cockers version is fabulous. But I am mostly touched by those who wrote notes above. Especially the mothers and grandmothers who sang this song to their children. What a beautiful thought. I am suddenly struck by how much love there is in the world. So thank you.
by Sam on 1/13/2014 6:16am
January 10, 2014 marked the 1 month anniversary of my wife's unexpected passing. We were married 40 years. As I went through a tumultuous day, the "Darling be home soon" lyric entered my mind. So damn poignant. So sad, and so hopeful...
by Tina on 1/21/2014 12:34am
Has been a fav since the spoonful brought it out. Used to perform. But was never sure of "toddled." Used to put in words i thought made sense. Words are more precious than ever because i have have kept in touch with very special friends. And i find great relief in our conversations and not having to explain much. They know. They feel. We can skip the intro paragraphs and go straight to what wants to be said. Thx JS and the Spoonful.
by Scott on 6/18/2014 8:17pm
To all who have commented here in the spirit of this wonderful song, for gifts we have lost, what we still have and what we may someday yet gain, thank you brothers & sisters.
by Ton on 8/27/2014 3:12pm
I was a young boy and i listened to the chargs. Then I heard this song. I was in love for the first time. I was blowen away. In love and such a beautiful song. I am 62 now but when I hear this song, I feel young again. Thans you Lovin Spoonful.
by kieran on 8/28/2014 2:31am
I have gotten home from the hospital to an empty house. Trying to get over loosing my big toe and learning to walk again. Going through this my ex has been wonderful, we talk each day. All I could think of while in the hospital and now is this song and the great relief of having her to talk to.
by Steve on 9/17/2014 8:13am
"toddled" refers to the singer's childhood. He's/she's waited a lifetime "for the great relief of having you to talk to".
by Terry on 9/23/2014 10:41am
Yes, Steve hit it on the head. Toddled refers to toddler, childhood, and he has waited his whole life for the great relief. And now that three quarters of my life has gone by and after a long spell without someone to share the small details of life with, it seems even more powerful to have that special someone to talk to today.
by Steve on 9/26/2014 3:15am
BINGO! Best of luck in your search for for someone
whom you want to be home soon......
by Don on 10/10/2014 3:22pm
a woman just gave birth at wood stock john came out on the stage made the announcement of the berth and said this is reely a city then sang that song
by Kevintravels on 11/16/2014 8:58am
One of my favorite memories from the old Ed Sullivan Show was when the band played this song. There was a curtain behind them when they began that pulled open on cue to reveal a full orchestra to play the instrumental break. It was such a surprise and it still gives me the chills just thinking about it.
by Phil on 1/10/2015 8:08am
It is such a relief to find someone you can tell all those things hidden inside you. I was almost 60 before it happened to me. But what a happy relief it has.
by pete on 6/26/2015 9:16am
The woman I love has just gone to Portugal for 2 weeks. Darling be home soon! Got tears in my eyes now.
by Barry on 6/29/2015 8:55am
My wife and I's first dance at our wedding was to Joe Cocker's version...and in two weeks we celebrate our 20th anniversary. The song is still incredibly special. For a nice take on it - check out Tedeschi Trucks Band cover on Youtube. Great trumpet work.
by Matt on 12/12/2015 11:52am
I love The Association's cover of this. Gorgeous song, though. As someone who's been single for way too long, I could sort of see it meaning, "Hurry up and get into my life!" ;)
by Clyde on 5/21/2016 4:37pm
Always loved the song since I first heard it in 1967 (I was 15 and my girlfriend was leaving for an extended vacation). I always thought I knew the lyrics and I assumed the "here" in line 2 was "hear" but it now makes perfect sense. John really meant "Come here and talk of all the things we did today and listen to our funny little ways."
Now, after over 42 years of marriage to my soulmate, I've decided that this is the song I want played at my funeral (a la The Big Chill ... I always liked Sebastian better than Jagger), especially now that THREE quarters of my life is almost past and I think I think I've come to see my life at last.
by pete c on 6/19/2016 8:33am
have always loved this song and agree with all the comments above - but can somebody please explain exactly what ok to shoot the moon actually means?
by Em C on 3/21/2017 10:04am
The phrase has an old meaning of sneaking out on a landlord at night to avoid paying rent, but has also a few newer meanings; most of the ones you could talk to a youngster about without blushing involve going after something thought to be out of reach, as by analogy in the game of Hearts where it is used to grab it all or get stung.
by Jeff on 5/28/2017 1:22pm
Great song. Check out the live version by SLADE on Slade Alive!!!!
by Martin on 6/4/2017 2:31am
Fantastic song which brings tears to the eyes ,songs aren't written like this anymore. Holders version on "Slade Alive is tremendous.

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