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May 21

Why Does Miranda Lambert Cry When She Sings “The House That Built Me?”

It’s not a usual phenomenon, but it’s totally there. When you search Miranda Lambert crying when she sings “The House That Built Me,” you’ll get loads of page results, with videos too!

But why?

The Backstory Behind Miranda Lambert’s Tears

There’s no doubt that “The House That Built Me” is one of Lambert’s most emotional songs. And it’s no surprise that singing it would bring a tear or two in her eye. But the question that comes into mind is why she does that, even when the song is almost a decade old.

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via Miranda Lambert’s Official Facebook Page

Well, the answer is pretty complicated, and it isn’t straightforward too. But it has to do with how close the Allen Shamblin and Tom Douglas-written ballad comes to mirroring her own raising. It was almost as if they were there witnessing the struggles that Lambert had when she was a kid being raised.

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via C Flanigan/FilmMagic/ Rolling Stone

Her parents were private investigators who struggled when the local economy went south, which worsened by a few shady business decisions. The family of four, including Lambert and her brother, were left homeless. The family stayed with another family for a while before moving into a rental property that was in such bad shape that it came close to being bulldozed.

But there is hope in the story, as the family got back to their feet, one day at a time. So, it’s no wonder the song resonates so much with her.

And the Song almost went to Blake too!

Since the song has such personal attachment to the blonde firecracker, it’s so difficult to imagine the song belonging to someone else. But in fact, the track was first pitched to Lambert’s then-boyfriend, country star Blake Shelton. 

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Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton/ usmagazine.com

When the song was pitched to Shelton, he happened to be in the same room as Lambert. He was with her when he first listened to it. As the song played, he looked over, and she was sobbing. Shelton then knew he had to give up the song. He did, and the rest is history.


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