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"Welcome Home"
Single by Coheed and Cambria
from the album Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Released September 2005
Format CD
Recorded 2005
Genre Progressive metal, progressive rock
Length 6:15, 4:29 (radio edit)
Label Columbia, Equal Vision
Producer Michael Birnbaum, Chris Bittner, Coheed and Cambria
Coheed and Cambria singles chronology
"The Suffering"
"Welcome Home"
"Ten Speed (Of God's Blood and Burial)"
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"Welcome Home" is a song by the progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria. It is the third track on the album, Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness. The song was the first single on the album, and was made into a music video. The song tells of the hostility in The Writer and Miss Erica Court's relationship in the story of Coheed and Cambria. The song is featured as a playable track in the game Rock Band and as well is featured in the soundtrack of the Xbox 360 version of Madden NFL 06.



The song itself details The Writer's hostile feelings for Erica Court after he has learned that she cheated on him. In the graphic novel, The Writer sees a twisted vision of himself binding Erica with a rope to throw her in a grave - which represents the end of his love. The graphic novel shows The Writer saying, "Welcome home," to Erica as she looks at her open grave, but as this is only a vision, The Writer still longs to be with her.


The song features stringed instruments during the verses and outro. In addition to the bass, synthesised strings, and drums, there are two electric guitars with distortion (one of which is Claudio's Gibson EDS-1275), a synth guitar added in after recording, and the classical guitar heard in the introduction and the chorus. The verses of the song are similar to Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir", featuring a rolling beat and a string and guitar driven chord progression. Some speculate this is why Claudio chooses to use one of his EDS-1275's (he owns two, one in white and one in cherry red) or the previous song, "Always and Never" uses a 12 string guitar and the two songs are frequently a medley.

Music video

The music video opens with a red liquid resembling blood forming the band's symbol, the Keywork, during the opening acoustic guitar riff. As the other instruments kick in, the band is shown playing on a metallic silver stage, as pictures rise out of the ground around them. The pictures then begin to play scenes from the storyline. The video alternates between the storyline and the band's performance throughout the rest of the video. It should be noted that the video is nearly two minutes shorter than the album version of the song, due to the shortening of the intro and the exclusion of part of the solo.

Inclusion in Rock Band

In 2007, this song was included in the Harmonix music video game Rock Band, exposing Coheed and Cambria to a considerably wider audience. However, the words "Whore" and "Fucking" were edited to "Wolf" and "Mucking" respectively.[1]

In June 2008 the song was featured in a television advertisement for the Wii version of Rock Band. In July 2008 it then went on to become the Magazine "High Times", best music video, for choreography and vocals.

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