That’s My Home

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PROFILE
Songwriters Otis René, Leon René, Ben Ellison
Year Written 1932
About That’s My Home
The René brothers, Leon and Otis, were born in Covington, Louisiana at the turn of the 20th century. They wrote several well-known R&B songs, including “When It’s Sleepy Time Down South.” In addition to composing, they also created and ran several label and even a record pressing plant. Louis Armstrong was the first to record “That’s My Home.”

Lyrics

Where the sun sets in the sky
And the flowers never die
And friends don’t pass you by
That’s my home

Where the folk say, How do you do?
They really mean it too
Whereas mama’s love is true
That’s my home

I’m always welcome back
No matter where I roam
It’s just a little shack
But to me, it’s home sweet home

Where the Swanee river flows
And the shady pine trees grow
Then I know, I really know
That’s my home

I’m always welcome back
No matter where I roam
It’s just a little shack
But to me, it’s home sweet home

Where the Swanee river flows
And the shady pine trees grow
And then I know, I really know
That’s my home, going home

Session / Album Information

2002

“That’s My Home,” a duet with k.d. lang, was recorded in March 2002 and released that same year on Tony Bennett & k.d. lang: A Wonderful World. Vocal arrangements were by Rob Mathes. The album was orchestrated and conducted by Peter Matz, with musical direction and arrangements by Lee Musiker.

This recording released on:

  • 2002: RPM/Columbia CD: CK 86734 — Tony Bennett & k.d. lang: A Wonderful World
  • 2011: Disc #68 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK66) Tony Bennett & k.d. lang: A Wonderful World

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