‘The House That Built Me” was first pitched to Blake Shelton, but he gave it to his then-wife, Miranda Lambert, because it was her story.
The song is arguably one of the most beloved songs in country music, with artists and songwriters citing it as one of the songs they wish they wrote. It was penned by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin.
Lambert released the song 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.
It became the country singer’s first Number One hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and stayed at the top for four consecutive weeks. It came her second single to receive a platinum certification from the RIAA.
The Nashville Star contestant delivered the song during the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards. At the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards in 2011, she won a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “The House That Built Me.”
Watch Miranda lose it during this Orlando performance, and the audience finish it for the singer.
“The House That Built Me”
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.
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.
What song feels like the soundtrack of your life?