Hidden Gems: Cathedrals – “Come Home”

Here is another absolutely gorgeous hidden gem from the Cathedrals.  This song was on 1993’s High And Lifted Up CD, which I consider to be the best of the Haase/Fowler days.  Though there were two huge uptempo hits on this album with “Jesus Saves” and “Jesus Has Risen”, and a classic ballad for George Younce in “I Thirst”, this song may be the strongest on the CD.  A gorgeous piano introduction leads to a sweet verse sung by Scott Fowler.  Smooth group harmonies are performed flawlessly in the chorus, and the second verse is sung just as expertly by Fowler, building in intensity with a nice key change at the end of the verse and a powerful vocal by Scott lead to a much more powerful chorus from the group.  The tag is repeating variations of the last line to a high power ending.  Lyrically this one of the strongest songs I’ve heard in a long time.  It is an open invitation for believers who have strayed from their relationship with Christ to return, and is loosely based on the parable of the prodigal son, though it is not directly referenced in the lyric.  This was an extremely powerful song when done in concert, and on the Live At Shadow Mountain Community Church video, it is performed with just Roger Bennett’s piano accompaniment.  The live version is even better than the studio version, if you can find the video, get it and watch this song, otherwise, pull out the ol’ CD and give it another spin.  You’ll be glad you did.

About Wes Burke
I'm a .NET developer and Southern Gospel music fan. Married with a wonderful family.

6 Responses to Hidden Gems: Cathedrals – “Come Home”

  1. coomercove says:

    Great minds, Wes, think alike. This is my favorite song Scott Fowler did while he was with the Cathedrals.

  2. natesings says:

    This is the best CD they did in the 90s in my opinion with Faithful being a close 2nd. Come Home was a great feature for Fowler.

  3. Kyle says:

    I LOVE this song. I have a Homeland Harmony version of this song with just the piano, and it’s just as beautiful. I wish Scott would do this song with L5….

  4. Quaid says:

    Yes, that could be a great L5 radio single. Just to satisify my curiosity, I’d perfer to hear them do it without the orchestration, though.

  5. volscot says:

    I really, REALLY like the “High And Lifted Up” project. It is also my favorite Haase/Fowler Cathedrals project, followed by “The Best of Times” and “Faithful”. I wouldn’t consider “Jesus Has Risen” an uptempo song at all, however. At best it would be considered medium tempo.

    I also think “Death Has Died” was underrated from this project. I’m surprised Sig Sound hasn’t featured this song since Ernie co-wrote it with one of Phil Cross’ ex-wives, Carolyn.

    Scot Eaves

  6. Dan Wilkins says:

    This song came out just as I was re-discovering the Cathedrals. My brother was a drug addict, and as I heard this song over and over, I prayed for God to rescue him. It has now been 10 years that my brother has returned to productive living. He is a recovery counselor living in a rehab center and studying for his master’s degree. One measure of a great song is how it leads you into intercessory prayer.

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