Dream of Home

by Joyce Kwon

supported by
Mike Holzinger
Mike Holzinger thumbnail
Mike Holzinger This was an absolute favorite song to hear in person and on the album! Favorite track: Little Bird.
/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $10 USD  or more

     

  • This handwritten voice/gayageum/chords score is easy to play and appropriate for all levels.

    If you're downloading the album and want the sheet music too, just add a note saying as much. Joyce will be emailing you the PDF.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Little Bird via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      $3 USD or more 

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    A beautiful 4-panel Digipak with bold applications of purple & teal ✨

    Includes unlimited streaming of Dream of Home via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 7 days

      $15 USD or more 

     

  • Cassette + Digital Album

    All lyrics printed in the booklet & signed by Joyce ❤️

    Includes unlimited streaming of Dream of Home via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 7 days

      $15 USD or more 

     

  • T-Shirt/Apparel + Digital Album

    JOYCE FOR THRIVING 2020 is a phrase adapted from a track off the album, "When I'm a Raisin," and has been a slogan throughout the recording process. Ross has one too so you can feel super cool knowing that you are twinsies with the producer. It is printed on the American Apparel USA-Made Jersey T-shirt, which runs small FYI.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Dream of Home via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 7 days
    edition of 30  5 remaining

      $15 USD or more 

     

1.
2.
03:49
3.
03:20
4.
5.
6.
7.
02:50
8.
03:08

about

"The dream of home can be a nightmare. It’s possible that it’s a place that never existed at all ... Still, Joyce holds out hope that there’s space for her somewhere, if only in the collective imagination of those marginalized in their homeland, ostracized in the motherland."

credits

released December 7, 2018

Joyce Kwon: voice & gayageum
Ross Garren: organ, piano, Mellotron, Rhodes, Clavinet, Organelle, glockenspiel, toy piano, Marxophone, Harmonetta & harmonica
Hitomi Oba: tenor, alto & soprano saxophone
Nick DePinna: trombone
Brandon Bae: acoustic & electric guitar
Erik Kertes: electric & upright bass
Gavin Salmon: drums & percussion

All words & music by Joyce Kwon
except Nililiya & Motherless Child — traditional
Published by Voicekwon Music, ASCAP

Produced by Ross Garren
Collaborative arrangements by Joyce & Ross
except Motherless Child — arranged by Joyce

Recorded & mixed by Keith Armstrong
Recorded 2017.11 - 2018.03 in North Hollywood
Mastered by Justin Shturtz at Sterling Sound

Album artwork by Gianina Ferreyra
Makeup & hair by Kaz Shimada
Design & layout by ps fairy

© 2018 ps fairy records
℗ 2018 Voicekwon Music

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

Joyce Kwon Los Angeles, California

singer-songwriter & gayageum player making folk music for folks of the diaspora

contact / help

Contact Joyce Kwon

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code

Track Name: Dream of Home
Dream of home but don't go back there
It's all been packed up, nothing of yours remains

Fragile memories can't withstand a closer look, clear through the lens
You might wish you could unsee, lose the alarming lucidity

Dream of home but don't go back there
There's not a place for you, nowhere to lay your head

Recollections don't hold up when you step back, connect the dots
You might wish you could erase all that's tainted your naivety

So let it live on in precious reminiscing
뒤를 돌아보지 마요 (Don't look back)
A source of strength, a sense of belonging
앞으로만 봐요 (Only look ahead)
Let home stay home so you can go forward

So dream of home but don't go back there
Hold it near inside, keep it safe, keep it dear

Dream of home but don't go back there
Hold it near inside, keep it safe, keep it yours
Track Name: Ruby, 6
Could I find my way back home?
Would you welcome me back in?
Will I recognize the place?
Has it all been rearranged?
I'm ready to go home now but I can't seem to find my way

I've traveled 'round deep in the woods
In buildings that scrape the sky
By salty shallow waters, but they weren't home—they weren't you
And the farther I got away
The more I understood the girl wearing ruby shoes
But no matter how I try and click my heels, I can't get back

Could I find my way back home?
Would you welcome me back in?
Will I recognize the place?
Has it all been rearranged?
I'm ready to go home now but I can't seem to find my way

I've traveled 'round deep in the woods
In buildings that scrape the sky
By salty shallow waters but they weren't home
Track Name: Nililiya
Light the lanterns, set the table
Your long-lost love will return, time to celebrate
Nililiya

늴리리야 늴리리야 니나노 난실로 내가 돌아간다
늴리리야

Days have gone by, the moon doesn’t lie
When will we meet again, never to part?

Nililiya
늴리리야 늴리리야 니나노 난실로 내가 돌아간다

Young yesterday, graying today
What can you do? What can you say?
Nililiya

늴리리야 늴리리야 니나노 난실로 내가 돌아간다
늴리리야

늴리리야 늴리리야 니나노 난실로 내가 돌아간다
Track Name: When I'm a Raisin
Someone gave me some advice:
“Stay out of the sun or you’ll get wrinkles”
It’s too late for that, that’s not what’s for me

When I’m a raisin, I’ll say I dared to look into the sun
That I let myself be blinded by its glow

When I’m a raisin, I’d like to say I have no regrets
That I lived and loved fully
Let my heart swell and shatter again and again

I won’t let myself spoil with delusions of self-preservation
Life is for living, the sun for shining, I’m for thriving

When I’m a raisin, I won’t be sad
I’ll have lived my life out in the sun
And be prepared to go into the light
Track Name: Song of Platitude
They say that time heals all things
But it's no use while you're stuck in time
You say you're fine that you'll be alright
Going through the motions like a mime

You don't want to cry so you sing
You feel like you'll die so you ring a friend who says—

They say that time heals all things
But what's the use when you're stuck in time?
You say you're fine that you're moving on
Going through the motions like a mime

You don't want to cry so you sing
You feel like you'll die so you ring a friend—
Don't cry! Won't you sing?
Though you can't help but sigh as you cling to what you've left

They say that time heals all things
But you won't be whole till you're out of time
Everything happens for a reason
But you can find no reason or rhyme
Track Name: Motherless Child
가련하다 갈곳잃은 우리 (Pitiful are we who’ve lost our way)
서글프다 나라없는 우리 (Sad are we the nationless)
비통하다 자유없는 우리 (Sorrowful are we stripped of freedom)
돌아갈길 잊어버렸나? (Have we forgotten the way back?)
너무 멀리 가버렸나? (Have we gone too far?)

Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
A long ways from home, a long ways from home

True believer | I do believe
True believer | We’ll find our way home
True believer | When the heavens cry out
Heavenly land, true believer | 흙 다시 만져보자
True believer | We will rise up, rise up and take back our land
Motherless child | 바닷물은 언제 춤을 출까?

Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
바닷물은 언제 춤을 출까? (When will the ocean rise to dance?)
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
흙 다시 만져보자 (Let us touch the soil again)
A long ways from home, a long ways from home

Such a long, long ways from home
Track Name: Why-Go-Round
It’s time to let go and move on, you’ve held on for too long
It’s time to let go and be free, forget what just won’t be

And run away to a place where you can be—just be
Far away from the stale air of a room closing in
Out in a world without walls

It’s time to let go and move on, you’ve held on for too long
It’s time to let go and be free, forget what just won’t be

And run away to a place where you can be—just be
Far away from the stale air of a room closing in
Out in a world without walls

It’s time to let go and move on, you’ve held on for too long
It’s time to let go and be free, forget what just won’t be

You deserve to be happy, you deserve to be free
You deserve to be happy
Track Name: Little Bird
Little bird, little bird, what have you come home to find?
Sweet memories lingering in the breeze in fields of foxtail, tall and lithe

Little bird, little bird, flying 'cross an endless sky
In reverie, you forget the things that made you leave in search of life

(Korean bird calls quoted from the folk song Saetaryeong)
쑥국 쑥국 쑥쑥국 쑥국
쑥국 쑥국 쑥쑥국 쑥국

Oh, I hear your song longing for a time gone by
Clear melodies, above the trees as you sing of hope and fly


작은 새야 작은 새야 무엇을 찾으려 집에 왔니?
산들바람에 유연하게 흔들리는 키큰 강아지 풀 밭
아름다운 추억들이 아련히 떠오르네

작은 새야 한없는 하늘을 가로질러 날아가는 작은 새야
공상에 빠진 너는 삶을 찾아 떠나갔던 이유를 어느새 잊고있네

오 귀여운 새야 지난 세월을 그리워하는 너의 노래소리를 나는 듣네
네가 희망을 노래하고 나무위를 지나 하늘 높이 날때 들리는 청아한 가락

If you like Joyce Kwon, you may also like: