January 17

“The House That Built Me:” A Song that Made Miranda Lambert Cry

Going out of the world you used to be in is exciting and makes you look forward to the future. However, along the way, you get lost and couldn’t find your way home. Some people get to the point of being depressed because they do not know now who they truly are. The only way to find yourself is to go back from the beginning.

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Photo Credit: Miranda Lambert/ Official Facebook Page

The Story of “The House That Built Me”

Miranda Lambert’s single “The House That Built Me,” tells the story of a woman who returns to her childhood home. In that place, she looks at the rooms and things and remembers her childhood. She thinks that maybe, just maybe, all these memories flashing back to her will heal whatever pain she is feeling.

I thought if I could touch this place or feel it

This brokenness inside me might start healing.

Like everyone else, the narrator lost herself, and now she’s not happy about who she is becoming.

Out here it’s like I’m someone else,

I thought that maybe I could find myself

If I could just come in I swear I’ll leave.

Won’t take nothing but a memory

From the house that built me.

Chart Performance of the Song

“The House That Built Me” was supposed to be recorded by Blake Shelton, but Miranda liked the song, she decided to record it. She included her recording in her album Revolution in 2009. Later on, she released it as a single. After six years of making music, Lambert finally scored her very first number one song on the chart. It reached the top of both the Hot Country and Country Airplay chart. In addition, it has crossed over to the pop chart at number twenty-eight.

Why She Recorded the Song

When Lambert cried the first time she heard the song. She said in an interview with CMT that she never cries when she listens to music, but this one was different.

“I love it. That song came on and my reaction to it was… I just cried. I don’t really cry when I listen to music, but that song definitely hit me really hard.”

Miranda Lambert, CMT Interview

The Songwriters

The song was written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin. On an interview with The Boot, Shamblin said that the song was written several years ago, but when his co-writer called him and asked to revisit the song, they finally put the finishing touches to it.

Song Certification

“The House That Built Me” was platinum-certified by RIAA in 2011. In addition, she won the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

Watch this nostalgic song by Miranda Lambert.



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