Written shortly before Supertramp went in the studio to record the Breakfast In America album, Roger Hodgson said the song was "a last-minute surprise." He added that the song operates on two levels. Said Roger: "Talking about not wanting to go home to the wife, take the long way home to the wife because she treats you like part of the furniture, but there's a deeper level to the song, too. We all want to find our home, find that place in us where we feel at home. Home is in the heart and that is really, when we are in touch with our heart and we're living our life from our heart, then we do feel like we found our home."

TRIVIA: The band refused a $5 million offer from the Greyhound company to use this song in bus commercials.