Since at least World War II, a regular theme of Christmas songs is the desire for home. Sometimes, it’s the singer with that longing, such as in “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” or “(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays”; other times, the singer wants someone else to come home, as in “Please Come Home for Christmas” or “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” My Christmas Song of the Day for December 22 falls in the second category.
In England, Kate Bush (born 1958) is a phenomenon. Of her 11 albums, 10 of them have made the top five; she is the only female artist to have top-five albums in five decades. She also has had four top-10 singles. In the United States, it’s a different story: She’s had only one Top 40 single, “Running Up That Hill,” which got to #30 in 1986, and her most successful album, 1993’s The Red Shoes, peaked at #28.
The first American CD single from that 1993 album, “Rubberband Girl,” contained a short but pretty holiday song called “Home for Christmas.” I found this song on Christmas Super Hits, a diverse 4-CD set released by Sony Music in 2010 that, at least at one time, was only available at F.Y.E. music stores. (That is the only place I remember seeing it, anyway.) Other than on the original CD single, this compilation might be its only U.S. release. So enjoy this relatively rare Christmas song with me.