‘Sweet home’

House Music at Your House

This answer to Henry Bishop’s ‘Home! Sweet home!’ appears to have been a top seller in Sydney in the late 1850s. 

A British-born composer and performer, William Thomas Wrighton (1816–1880) was best known for hits such as ‘Her bright smile haunts me still’, ‘The postman’s knock’, and this song, ‘Sweet home’, or ‘The dearest spot of earth to me is home’, as it was better known in the United States.

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Anna Fraser, Nicole Forsyth and Luke Byrne have whipped up a trio version of ‘Sweet Home’ at home. Feeling inspired to have a go yourself? 

Luke Byrne has put together some guitar chords to help you along and we’ve added a variety of other sources to inspire you.

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Meet the performers

Nicole Forsyth

Project director for House Music at Your House, Nicole Forsyth, violist, loves storytelling through music, and the possibilities of old and new art telling stories across time.

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Luke Byrne

Luke is a Sydney-based composer, musical director and pianist. Recent commissions include Capricorn and Desert Sea for Sydney Philharmonia, Storm Bird, Buruwan Elegy and Birinyi for Gondwana Indigenous Children's Choir with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Where Sails Once Flew for Adelaide Chamber Singers. Luke arranged the national anthems for the 2015 Netball World Cup and in 2012 was composer-in-residence for Sydney Children's Choir.

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Anna Fraser

Anna has gained a reputation as a versatile soprano specialising predominantly in the interpretation of early and contemporary repertoire. 

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Your Versions

Sweet Home watercolour Suzanne Forsyth

'Sweet Home.'  Watercolour by Suzanne Forsyth, Sydney.


‘Sweet home’

The dearest spot of earth to me is Home, sweet Home!
The fairy land I long to see is Home, sweet Home!
There, how charm’d the sense of hearing!
There, where love is so endearing!

All the world is not so cheering as Home! sweet Home!
The dearest spot of earth to me is Home, sweet Home,
The fairy land I long to see is Home! sweet Home!

I’ve taught my heart the way to prize my Home, sweet Home,
I’ve learned to look with lover’s eyes on Home, sweet Home!
There, where vows are truly plighted!
There, where hearts are so united!

All the world besides I’ve slighted for Home, sweet Home!
The dearest spot of earth to me is Home, sweet Home!
The fairy land I long to see is Home, sweet Home!

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