Or maybe, as Bobby Bare sings in "Detroit City," at a job away from the place we consider home.
The tune, written by the legendary songwriter Danny Dill and Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis, is about a Southerner who goes north to work at one of the automobile factories. It reached No. 6 on the Billboard Country Chart in 1963.
So often people seek fame and fortune in other places only to discover they may have lost much more in terms of personal happiness. And on the flip side, sometimes we have to leave home to find happiness -- wherever and whatever that may be.
"Detroit City" opens with the mournful:
The narrator then tells of falling asleep and dreaming about the home and loved ones he left behind:
Then we learn that he's been living a lie from he's been telling the folks back home:
Then he admits the he's been wasting time in Detroit and needs to return to where he's happy:
Does the song make you think of times you've been homesick?
"Detroit City" lyrics