You know a song is great, when it takes you right back to the very first time you heard it every time it comes on.
There are just some songs out there that have the ability to take you back in time, and Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” does it for me every damn time, as it does for so many others.
With that being said, Lambert changed all of our worlds with the song on this date, twelve years ago today, back in 2010.
The song about revisiting the home she grew up in was written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin, and was originally supposed to be recorded by Blake Shelton. However, when she heard the song for the very first time, she knew she couldn’t pass up on it, as it struck her emotionally.
“It was beautiful… I mean, I just started bawling from the second I heard it. (Shelton) was like, ‘If you have a reaction to this song like that, then you need to cut it.”
Released on March 8, 2010 as the third single from her 2009 album Revolution, the understated “The House That Built Me” was a departure from the previous single she had released off the album, the in-your-face “White Liar.”
A tenderhearted, nostalgic look back at the home she grew up in and how it shaped her life, “The House That Built Me” is a song that relies more on the emotions in the lyrics than the power of the music. It’s a performance that earned Miranda the “Song of the Year Award” at both the CMA’s and the ACM’s, as well as the Grammy award for “Best Female Country Vocal Performance.”
Needless to say, “The House That Built Me” showed a deeper side to Lambert, and gave us all a look inside to what’s important to her.
And to this day, many would argue that it’s the biggest, and most important, song she’s ever released.