Carrie Underwood’s ‘Temporary Home’: Story Behind the Hit Song

by Katie Maloney

Carrie Underwood reveals the inspiration behind her number one hit song, “Temporary Home.”

“Temporary Home” is about a group of people living through circumstances that are less than ideal. Including a young boy who is in and out of foster homes, a single mother struggling to make ends meet, and an elderly man in a hospital. However, they are able to maintain hope because they know this isn’t where they are meant to stay. This is simply their temporary home. During the song, Underwood sings, “This is my temporary home. It’s not where I belong. Windows in rooms that I’m passin’ through. This is just a stop, on the way to where I’m going. I’m not afraid because I know this is my temporary home.”

Carrie Underwood’s “Temporary Home”

“Temporary Home” is a track from Underwood’s third studio album, Play On. The song became Underwood’s ninth number-one single. Additionally, the song also received a Grammy Awards nomination, won a CMT Music Award, won a BMI Award, and won an Inspirational Country Music Award.

What Inspired Carrie Underwood To Write The Song?

Underwood co-wrote the single with Luke Laird and Zac Maloy. She says she was inspired to write the song after reading the book, Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.

“I was reading a book called Purpose Driven Life. It talks about how this world is temporary, it’s a temporary home. And we’re on our way to someplace else, and we need to do everything we can here now because this isn’t it. It’s not over. That is something I believe down to my core,” says Underwood.

Underwood says that, after being inspired by the book, the words to the song poured out of her.

“One day, I was getting ready to write, and it just comes in like a flood. It’s a sad song, but it’s a joyful song because these people are on their way someplace else. This is just a stop on the way,” Underwood says.