"Home For a Rest" (sometimes abbreviated H4AR) is a song by Canadian folk rock band Spirit of the West, from their 1990 album Save This House. Although never officially released as a single, it is the band's most famous song and is considered a classic of Canadian music.
Written by John Mann and Geoffrey Kelly, the song tells of a drinking spree in London. The lyrics and the musical setting clearly revel in the fun of the experience, but also show a longing for the rest and comfort of home: the song's chorus is "You'll have to excuse me, I'm not at my best/I've been gone for a week, I've been drunk since I left/These so-called vacations will soon be my death/I'm so sick from the drink, I need home for a rest."
British geographical references such as Euston Station, Charing Cross Road and Yorkshire appear in the lyrics. The song's musical arrangement incorporates the traditional reels "Castle Kelly," "Glass of Beer," and "Swallow's Tail."
"Home For a Rest" is always the final song played at the band's concert performances, excepting encores.
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