Many years ago, a bandleader named Jack Kramer had an idea. What if he took a song that his rock band, Second Coming, had recorded on Mercury Records in the 70s, and tweaked it to be a song for homeless animals. The song, “Take Me Home,” was about someone who wanted to go home with a girl (probably from a bar). But the words were also very likely what a pet in a shelter might be thinking: “Take Me Home!”
Instead of the semi-plaintive mood of the original version, however, the song was changed into a happy and uplifting “animal anthem.” Kramer’s hope was that a lilting and gently joyful song would be a reflection of the joy of rescuing an animal as opposed to the heartrending music that usually accompanies many public service announcements and ads for rescue groups. The lyrics say, “Take me home and I’ll be extra good to you …. I can greet you at the front door every time that you come home, and you will feel so fine … Take me home, and I’ll make all your dreams come true.”
“I’m out here all alone, and I’m yours for your very own. Please take me home, my heart and soul belong to you. If you do, I know you’re gonna love me, too … Take me home, I really need a family. I get scared, ’cause I don’t know my destiny.”
Kramer’s wife rescued animals, and she was sure that the song, even though it wasn’t originally about animals, would resonate with animal lovers everywhere. So Kramer and his band rewrote it and re-recorded it.
Chicago Animal Care and Control used it for a public service announcement, and a local store sold it with the proceeds being donated to a local rescue. School children raising money for another local shelter also sold the CDs.
Now, Kramer wants to make the song available to anyone who would like to use it for fundraising, animal videos, or anything related to animal rescue. Feel free to download it, listen to it, use it.
One enterprising fifth grade class made a YouTube video using the song and including animals in need of rescue or adoption as well as dogs rescued by and belonging to Kramer.
Listen to the song and smile. Imagine your own rescue dog singing it to you. Imagine all shelter dogs singing it. It’s their anthem.