It’s mid-week so let’s enjoy some music. Being an overseas student is difficult in many ways, but one of the saddest moments is when we have to deal with the sudden feeling of homesickness. It might happen many times, especially when we are sitting on the train listening to some moody music. These are 5 songs that you should consider avoid listening to to if you are seriously homesick, or you may end up sobbing like a child.
1. Home- Michael Bublé
The name says it all. This song is a classic. For many international students, the long summer break is the ideal time for homecoming, but for some, it’s an ideal time to stay back, to explore as well as to work more. Michael Bublé’s song expresses this quite exactly as he sings ‘Another summer day, has come and passed away […] I wanna go home’.
2. Million Years Ago- Adele
Nicknamed the queen of heartbreak, Adele knows how to shatter our heart into pieces with her emotional voice. ‘Million Years Ago’ is about dealing with one’s self growing up, facing the fact that everyone has to change and someday we might have to go our own way. Listening to this song, you might end up thinking back about your whole life, the good, the bad, the joy and the tears when she sings ‘I feel like my life is flashing by but all I can do is watch and cry’. Then even worse, she goes right into the feels: ‘I miss the air, I miss my friends, I miss my mother…’. Good job, Adele, there must ninjas cutting onions everywhere.
3. I’ll Be There For You- The Rembrandts
Seriously, who would have listened to this song without clapping near the beginning? We all love the all-time popular series ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S’ and we all love this cheery opening song. Friends are crucial for a happy life, and this song tells it clearly. Even though ‘your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life D.O.A’, having friends besides you still makes you feel better. We might make lots of friend in another country, but we all miss those friends back in our home country, ones that can only talk to us via Facebook or Skype. And let’s face it, when you think of your homecoming, you don’t just think about spending time with your family, you are also think about your friends.
4. Need You Now- Lady Antebellum
This song might not be truly homesick for everyone, but for some, the context of the song itself is quite moody. The ‘You’ in ‘Need You Now’ might not necessarily be a lover (though for some it might be a distant love, who knows?) but a person you really need back there, oceans apart, whenever you feel lonely. ‘It’s a quarter after one, I’m all alone and I need you now’ Who wouldn’t feel a little bit lonely as an overseas student at that time?
5. My Land- Secret Garden ft Espen Grjotheim
Last but not least, feeling homesick may be equal to nationalism, as the more you miss your home country, the prouder you feel about it. Deep down in our heart, no matter how far we travel, our home country still wins that best place in our heart as the most beautiful nation ever, because it’s beautiful in many ways. This song sings it for you: ‘For you are my land and you always will be the voice ever calling me home to you’.
Last modified: April 14, 2016