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Lambert said of this song written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin: "That's another one of those songs where I think, 'Dang it, why didn't I think of that?' Everybody's had that comfortable home place - or maybe even a person - that made you who you are, but that you can't ever really go back to. I grew up on an old dairy farm in the country. We had older ladies knock on the door all the time and ask if they could come in because they were raised there, or their husband lived there when they got married… so many different stories. My mom would give them tea, and I'd sit there and listen to them tell the story about our house. And now I know the people that live there. I would be really sad if I could never go back there again… because our dog is buried in the yard, and there are just so many memories. I heard this song and I cried for two hours. When a song hits you like that, you know it's gonna affect other people the same way."

Lambert first came across this with her boyfriend, Blake Shelton, while listening to songs for Revolution. She told CMT that it was a "life-changing song " for her. She added: "I love it. That song came on and my reaction to it was... I just cried. I don't really cry when I listen to music, but that song definitely hit me really hard. I asked Blake if I could have it. We called the producers at midnight and asked, 'Can we switch this? It's on hold for Blake... can we put it on hold for Miranda?" Lambert explained that it was memories of the house that she grew up in, which triggered the tears when she first heard the song. "My parents live right down the street from the house I grew up in. I grew up in one house until I was 14, and they live in the house where I lived from 14 on. Our friends live in the old house, actually."

Lambert told CMT that when she went into the studio to record this song, she asked her mom to do her a special favor... but didn't tell her why. "My Mom went and took pictures of [the house] for me, and e-mailed them to me when I was cutting the song. I didn't tell her why. I just told her I needed pictures of the old house. I had them on the music stand in front of me when I was recording that song."

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Key, BPM (tempo) and time signature of The House That Built Me.
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The album The House That Built Me is released on.

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The record label that has released The House That Built Me.
Columbia Nashville
(P) 2009 Sony Music Entertainment

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