Come Back Home, Purple Hearts song: lyrics & meaning

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Netflix released Purple Hearts on July 29, 2022. Based on the book by Tess Wakefield, the movie presents an unconventional love story starring Sofia Carson in the role of Cassie, a musician who gets married for convenience to Luke, an Army trainee ready for deployment in Iraq. As already happened in the past, Sofia wrote many songs inspired by the movie story, and one in particular, Come Back Home, caught the viewers’ attention. The song was written by the character Cassie, inspired by Luke’s deployment, and we can also hear it over the ending credits. In this article, we will analyze the lyrics and their meaning.

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Come Back Home: inside the lyrics and their meaning

Come Back Home is a love song about the girl’s feelings when the man is fighting a war far away. The girl is terrified because of the uncertainty: every day can be crucial, and every war operation can lead to death.

There is a question inside the song’s lyrics that hides an essential meaning:

We’re drowning in our eyes
Don’t know what we’ll find
I’m not sure, should we fly or fight this?
We’re terrified

Behind the question “should we fly or fight this?” is the insecurity about managing such an unsafe situation: fear can be overwhelming, and our brain tends to think about all the things that may happen. But what help can it bring if we constantly reflect on all the possibilities, all the ways things can go wrong if there is literally nothing we can do? That’s why the doubt comes: should we just refuse the emotions we feel and try to live?

However, trying to step away from this fear is practically impossible:

Pretending now that we don’t care
The tension climbs ‘cross the air
I’m more than scared
I’m drowning in your eyes
I’m terrified

The only way out is to drown in fear and let words come out naturally: the girl can’t deny it; she only wishes that her man would come back home:

Letting my fears show till I can face ’em
Letting my tears go till I can taste them
How do I know where you and I go?
Damn it, I hope you come back home
Come back home

In Come Back Home, Sofia Carson describes the sensations she imagines every woman has when their men are fighting a war: constantly worrying about what can happen the day after, sleep is something that doesn’t come easily, and you feel paralyzed in the life you are living. There’s nothing you can change, and the only thing you can do is wait. Indefinitely.

It’s hard to sleep at night when
It’s do or die
Well our world spins round and round and
We’re paralyzed

That’s the real meaning of the lyrics inside Come Back Home: I’m scared to death and can’t fight these emotions; I’m afraid of what can happen, and I wish you’ll be home soon. Many women will relate to this message, having their men fighting wars in all corners of the world.

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The complete lyrics

We’re drowning in our eyes
Don’t know what we’ll find
I’m not sure, should we fly or fight this?
We’re terrified

Pretending now that we don’t care
The tension climbs ‘cross the air
I’m more than scared
I’m drowning in your eyes
I’m terrified

I don’t know what’s happening to me
Can you hear my pulse beat underneath
Words are getting hard for me to speak
That’s not for me

Letting my fears show till I can face ’em
Letting my tears go till I can taste them
How do I know where you and I go?
Damn it, I hope you come back home
Come back home

It’s hard to sleep at night when
It’s do or die
Well our world spins round and round and
We’re paralyzed

Pretending now that we don’t care
The tension climbs ‘cross the air
We’re more than scared
So lost inside our eyes
We’re terrified

Letting my fears show till I can face ’em
Letting my tears go till I can taste them
How do I know where you and I go?
Damn it, I hope you come back home
Come back home
Come back home

I don’t know what’s happening to me
Can you hear my pulse beat underneath
Words are getting hard for me to speak
That’s not for me

Letting my fears show
Letting my tears go
How do I know where you and I go?
Damn it, I hope

Letting my fears show till I can face ’em
Letting my tears go till I can taste them
How do I know where you and I go?
Damn it, I hope you come back home
Oh, come back home
Oh, come back home