The House That Built Me

Miranda Lambert

About The House That Built Me

"The House That Built Me" is a song written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin, and recorded by American country music artist Miranda Lambert. Blake Shelton was originally set to record the song but when Lambert heard it, she immediately wanted to record it for herself. It was released in March 2010 as the third single from her third studio album, Revolution. It is the fastest-rising single of her career, reaching the Top 20 in its eighth week. For the chart week of June 12, 2010, the song became Lambert's first Number One hit on the U. S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and held its place at the top for four consecutive weeks. It is also Lambert's first single of her career that she did not have a hand in writing. Additionally, it was her second single to receive a platinum certification from the RIAA on January 31, 2011. Lambert performed the song during the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards on April 18, 2010, and received a standing ovation. At the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on February 13, 2011, she won the Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. 


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I know they say you can't go home again.
I just had to come back one last time.
Ma'am I know you don't know me from Adam.
But these hand prints on the front steps are mine.
Up those stairs, in that little back bedroom
Is where I did my homework and I learned to play guitar.
And I bet you didn't know, under that live oak
My favorite dog is buried in the yard.

I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
This brokenness inside me might start healing.
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.

Mama cut out pictures of houses for years.
From 'Better Homes and Garden' magazines.
Plans were drawn, and concrete poured,
And nail by nail and board by board
Daddy gave life to mama's dream.

I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
This brokenness inside me might start healing.
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.

You leave home, you move on and you do the best you can.
I got lost in this old world and forgot who I am.

I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
This brokenness inside me might start healing.
Out here it's like I'm someone else,
I thought that maybe I could find myself.
If I could walk around I swear I'll leave.
Won't take nothing but a memory
From the house that, built me.

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Miranda Lambert

Miranda Leigh Shelton (née Lambert) (born November 10, 1983) is an American country music artist who gained fame as a finalist on the 2003 season of Nashville Star, where she finished in third place and later signed to Epic Records. Lambert made her debut with the release of "Me and Charlie Talking", the first single from her 2005 debut album Kerosene. This album, which was certified Platinum in the United States, also produced the singles "Bring Me Down", "Kerosene", and "New Strings". All four singles were Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. more »

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Written by: Allen Shamblin, Tom Douglas

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11 facts about this song

Songwriter
"The House That Built Me" was not written by Miranda Lambert herself; it was written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin.
Inspiration
The song was inspired by songwriter Allen Shamblin's real-life experience of revisiting his childhood home.
Recognition
The song earned Miranda Lambert her first-ever Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 2011.
Chart Success
"The House That Built Me" peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2010, marking Lambert's first song to reach the top spot.
Initial Intention
The song was initially pitched to Blake Shelton, Lambert's husband at the time. However, after Lambert heard the song, she was moved and asked if she could record it.
Emotional Connection
Lambert reportedly broke down in tears the first time she tried to record the song in the studio because she was deeply touched by the lyrics.
Critics' Choice
"The House That Built Me" is often regarded as one of Lambert’s most emotive and best-performing songs, receiving critical acclaim for its thoughtful lyrics and Lambert's vocal performance.
Multi-Platinum Certification
The song was certified multi-platinum by the RIAA, with over two million digital downloads.
Video Accompaniment
The music video features Lambert visiting a house and looking around, reminiscing about her past. The house in the video was not actually her childhood home, however.
Other Versions
In addition to Lambert's original version, "The House That Built Me" has been covered by several others artists, most notably the country singer Tanya Tucker, who included the song on her Grammy-winning album "While I'm Livin'".
BMI Awards
"The House That Built Me" won Song of the Year at the 2011 BMI Country Awards.

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