Morgan Wallen’s ‘More Than My Hometown’: Story Behind the Hit Song

by Katie Maloney

Morgan Wallen surprises fans with his fourth consecutive Billboard number one song, “More Than My Hometown.”

Wallen released the single in the summer of 2020 as a much needed musical gift to fans stuck at home during quarantine. The song spent 36 weeks on the Hot Country Songs chart and quickly jumped to the number one spot. But what’s the story behind the song? Wallen spills about the true meaning behind the country hit.

At first listen, “More Than My Hometown” seems to be about a breakup. During the song, Wallen sings about a couple who quickly fall in love. However, they have different ideas about how they want to live their lives. He wants to stay in his hometown while his girlfriend wants to explore a new city. Despite their love for each other, they know that they have to part ways. Wallen sings, “Your big dream bags are all packed up and ready to go. But I just need you to know that I love you more than a California sunset. More than a beer when you ain’t twenty-one yet…I love you more than my hometown.”

However, during an interview, Wallen shares that the song is about more than moving on from a relationship. Wallen says that the true meaning behind the song is about staying true to yourself even when you love someone.

“It’s a song that represents, to me, a lot about not changing who you are for someone else,” says Wallen. “Even if you may really love that person, it’s important to stay true to who you are,” he says.

Wallen also says that talking about hometowns and the love someone has for where they come from seemed like a good metaphor for the song’s topic.

‘I thought that comparison to a hometown was a good analogy…It has a few different meanings but that was the most important one to me,” says Wallen.

“Additionally, Wallen says that he thinks it’s because of the message to stay true to yourself that so many people can relate to the song.

“And maybe that’s why it resonates with so many people,” says Wallen.

Morgan Wallen’s “More Than My Hometown.”

Three Interesting Facts About Morgan Wallen’s ‘More Than My Hometown’

In honor of his hit single, we’ve compiled a list of interesting facts about “More Than My Hometown.” Get ready for some dinner-party worthy trivia!

1.) The Same Wallen Squad Wrote “This Bar.”

Wallen wrote “More Than My Hometown” with Michael Hardy, Ernest Keith Smith, and Ryan Vojtesak. The same four also co-wrote Wallen’s previous single, “This Bar.” The song is about a man who reminisces about the times he’s had in a bar. Wallen sings, “Those nights, what I would give for one more Bud Lights and kissin’ on the front porch. Didn’t even know what I was looking for but I found myself in this bar.” The song spent 21 weeks on the charts and peaked in the 29th spot.

2.) Joey Moi Produced The Song

The Canadian producer is the same guy who produced Florida Georgia Line’s first four albums. With two albums down, Wallen isn’t far behind the country superstars. In addition to Wallen, Moi has also worked with the bands Nickelback and My Darkest Days. Additionally, Moi has collaborated with country performers including Chris Lane, Dallas Smith, and Jake Owen.

3.) Morgan Wallen ‘Accidentally’ Writes Songs

Alright, this fact isn’t about “More Than My Hometown.” But, it’s still interesting so we’re including it. It takes a real musician to pick up a guitar and just accidentally create a great song. But that’s exactly what Wallen does. Wallen posted a video on Instagram of him playing the guitar. Along with the video, he writes, “Dangerous. Me and @ernest accidentally wrote anothERN.”