On this day, 11 years ago, Miranda Lambert released her nostalgic, tear-jerking tune, “The House That Built Me,” in 2010. The song acted as the third single off her third studio album Revolution and quickly became Lambert’s first No. 1 on the Billboard “Hot Country” charts. The gem also won her a Grammy Award for “Best Female Country Vocal Performance” and a nomination for “Song Of The Year” and “Best Country Song” at the same ceremony.
Both critically and commercially successful, the song was a left turn from Lambert’s previous, sassy hits such as “Kerosene” and “Gun Powder and Lead.” Instead of Lambert, Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin acted as the writers behind the sentimental song.
“That’s another one of those songs where I think, ‘Dang it, why didn’t I think of that?’ Everybody’s had that comfortable home place – or maybe even a person – that made you who you are, but that you can’t ever really go back to,” Lambert once said of the tune.
Miranda Lambert’s ‘The House That Built Me’ Almost Went To Another Country Star
Lambert was 26-years-old when she first heard a rendition of “The House That Built Me,” though the writers had initially meant it to be recorded by a male country artist. Douglas and Shamblin sent the song to Scott Hendricks, who then included it on a CD of potential songs for his client and Lambert’s boyfriend at the time, Blake Shelton. According to Song Facts, when Lambert heard the tune for the first time with Shelton, it brought her to tears.
“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.” For Lambert, the song was visceral. It triggered an outpouring of emotion that tied back to her memories of growing up on a farm. As a result, Lambert asked Shelton if she could record the song instead. “My parents live right down the street from the house I grew up in. I grew up in one house until I was 14, and they live in the house where I lived from 14 on. Our friends live in the old house, actually,” Lambert said.
Even 11 years after its release, the song hits home for many of her fans. With its opening lines of, “I know they say you can’t go home again,” it’s impossible not to relate to the emotion behind the song. Even the music video is guaranteed to get you in your feels. As Miranda Lambert gets off her tour bus, she tours her childhood home, which now belongs to another family. If you haven’t seen it, watch it below. But be warned, it’s impossible not to cry while watching.