When I’m Called Home – Song and Lyrics by Abbey Lincoln


Discover the poetic beauty in ‘When I’m Called Home’ by Abbey Lincoln. This lyric breakdown takes you on a journey through the artist’s thoughts, emotions, and the story they aim to tell. From clever metaphors to evocative imagery, we delve into the nuances that make this song a lyrical masterpiece. Whether you’re a fan of Abbey Lincoln or a lover of well-crafted words, our detailed analysis will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation of this song.

When I’m called home
I will bring a book
That tells of strange and funny turns
And of the heart it took
To keep on living in a world
That never was my own
A world of haunted memories
Of other worlds unknown.
I’ll tell them of the trouble here
When they call me home.
When I’m called home
I will sing a song
And tell them of a beggar’s life
Where everything goes wrong
Where everybody’s hopes and dreams
Are shattering by the wind.

I’ll tell them of a ghostly world
Of us and they and him.
I’ll tell them how the shadows fall
When they call me home.
When I’m called home
I will tell the stars
Of the battles that were lost
In a world of wars.
I will tell the rivers
Of the children lost at sea
Of a how a soul is bartered
And what it costs a spirit free.
Hallelujah tell a story, oh,
When they call me home.