I’ve Come Home Again

Charles DeForest

Charles DeForest

Composer and Lyricist Charles DeForest
Year Written 1989
About I’ve Come Home Again
This song was written by New York cabaret artist Charles DeForest for Tony Bennett and Astoria: Portrait of the Artist. DeForest got his professional start as a singer for the Benny Goodman Orchestra, but soon set out on his own as a performer in piano bars and cabarets in Manhattan. He won several awards for his cabaret work, including those from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets in 1994 and 1996 and the Mabel Mercer Foundation in 1992. Mr. DeForest died in 1992.


I’ve come home again
To where it all began
Where all those wondrous dreams
Were a prayer still unanswered

That warm and easy world
With its simple splendor
Wide-eyed, wishful boy
So naive and tender

I’ve touched a star or two
Tomorrow if I try
Even brighter stars impress
Will be answered

And should the moment blind me
The little boy will remind me
Hand in hand,
We’ll go home again

Session / Album Information


“I’ve Come Home Again” was recorded in May, 1989 and was released the following year on Astoria: Portrait of the Artist. It was arranged and conducted by Jorge Calandrelli.

I"ve Come Home Again

Listen to I"ve Come Home Again on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1990.

This recording released on:

  • 1990: Columbia CD: CK 45348 — Astoria. Portrait Of The Artist
  • 1990: CBS/Sony CD: CSCS-5057 — Astoria. Portrait Of The Artist [Japan]
  • 1990: CBS LP 12″: 4660051 — Astoria. Portrait Of The Artist [UK]
  • 2011: Disc #57 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK56) Astoria: Portrait of the Artist
  • 2013: Sony Music Entertainment: 98381 — Astoria: Portrait Of The Artist

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