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February 5

Clint Black is Killin’ Time with “Nobody’s Home” and other Hits

“Nobody’s Home” is a song that American country music artist Clint Black composed and recorded. Released in October 1989, it was the third single from his debut album Killin’ Time. “Nobody’s Home” was his third consecutive number-one hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. It was Black’s first single that does not have an accompanying music video.

Who Clint Black is

Before Clint Black started, he had a liking for a variety of musical genres. In an interview, Clint’s father shared that Clint chose to focus on country music in the early 1980s. This was a time after singers George Strait and Reba McEntire moved the genre back toward the more traditional. The style kept alive by George Jones and Merle Haggard.

For six years, Black had several types of jobs. To support himself, he was a construction worker; bait cutter; and fishing guide. He did this while singing at various lounges as a solo singer and guitarist. In 1987 at one of his gigs, Black met another guitarist named Hayden Nicholas.  The two collaborated to write and record demo versions of songs that Black could use to land a recording deal. Their first collaboration, “Nobody’s Home”, worked its magic. Soon enough, Clint Black had his recording contract in 1988. Musically, the two men connected. From there, they began a songwriting partnership that lasted for decades.

What the Song is About

“Nobody’s Home” is a ballad about a man who becomes depressed and miserable. His misery is because of the abandonment of his former significant other. Ever since the breakup, he has lived his life symbolically as a zombie. Each and every day, he maintains the same routines in his life. However, he is not mentally the same person as he once was before the split.

…nobody’s home…
… been numb since our last goodbye…
…haven’t felt a thing…

How well the Song did

On the week of January 20, 1990, “Nobody’s Home” stayed at the top of the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for three consecutive weeks. And, in Billboard magazine’s year-end issue, it went on to be named the No. 1 song of 1990.


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