"Feels Like Home"
I read the original, Goethe's Faust
Part One. It's like bumping into a great mind, someone who wants to learn
everything in the world. Something in me wanted to take the exaltation out. I
made it about a freshman at Notre Dame who doesn't know what he wants. I had a
script and showed it to [film director] Mike Nichols. He said, "The kid
doesn't have any arc. Nothing happens to him." But I liked that. It makes
for a gruesome evening of theater [laughs].
I had Henley, Elton John and Linda Ronstadt sing the songs. I wrote this one
for Bonnie Raitt to sing to the Devil, to trick him. Bonnie's great in it. But
something is wrong with me – that's how convoluted it has to be for me to write
a fucking love song.