Story Behind the Song: Miranda Lambert, ‘The House That Built Me’
In March of 2010, Miranda Lambert released "The House That Built Me," as the third single from her Revolution album. The fastest-rising single of Lambert's career, the song hit the country Top 20 in just eight weeks, and reached No. 1 -- Lambert's first time in the top spot -- in June.
A four-week No. 1 song, "The House That Built Me" has been certified double platinum and earned numerous awards nominations. The song picked up Song of the Year at the CMA Awards; Song of the Year and Single Record of the Year at the ACM Awards; and Best Female Country Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards.
Below, award-winning songwriter Allen Shamblin talks with The Boot about how he and Tom Douglas co-wrote "The House That Built Me."
The song was originally written [in the early 2000s]. We were at Sundance [Film Festival] in Utah doing some writer shows for the Bluebird Café in conjunction with Sundance. I had the title for the song, and I ran it by Tom.
We started talking about the idea. When you co-write a song, you each dig into your own heart for where you're coming from. The inspiration for me was the last 10 years or so, with having my own children. I [was] often think[ing] about the neighborhood and the house that my father built that I grew up in.
About [November of 2008], Tom contacted me on the phone. He said, "Hey, let's revisit this song." We finally got back together to work out some of the holes, and the song really came into focus then. People really responded to the new version.
This story was originally written by Alanna Conaway, and revised by Angela Stefano
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