Posted by: davidlarkin | September 13, 2018

Don’t It Make You Wanna Go Home?

Return of the Prodigal Son – Rembrandt (1669)

“Going home” is a repeated theme throughout history, from Jesus parable of the Prodigal Son in the New Testament Scripture, Homer’s Odyssey and the story of Odysseus’ journey home after the fall of Troy, to Thomas Wolfe’s modern novel, You Can’t Go Home Again published posthumously in 1940.

Jesus promised us a home in heaven.  He said:

In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.

John 14:2 (NASB)

A week or so ago, I made a YouTube slide show for a song I recorded 30 years ago. In 1988, when I was a lawyer living in Carmel, California, I recorded this song, “Don’t It Make You Wanna Go Home.” I found that recording on a cassette tape in a box in the garage about 15 years ago. I had forgotten it. It was originally a country/pop hit by Joe South in 1969. My arrangement is unlike Joe’s. I recorded the song on a Portostudio 4-track, hence the recording quality. I made my own arrangement, sang and overdubbed all the vocal parts, played all the instruments: a Gibson J-50 acoustic guitar, a Gibson SG Bass Guitar, an Alesis drum machine I programmed for the song, and the electric guitar is a 1971 Gibson Les Paul Custom Deluxe which I still have. The guitar solo at about 2:10 is one of my best. I recorded the solo in one take, playing the guitar on my bed in my Carmel bedroom. In the slideshow, I used a picture of Jimmy Page playing a black Gibson Les Paul guitar similar to mine.  I used Shotcut open source software to make the video. My first full coordinated slide show video with Shotcut. It was fun to make. Took me back to my youth. Fortunately, God has forgiven the sins of my youth.  It is probably 70s music. Here is the YouTube link. The title painting is Rembrandt’s “Return of the Prodigal Son.”

Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!

Psalm 25:7 (ESV)

Here is my YouTube video link:


  1. It’s awesome!!

  2. Thank you.

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