You Can Always Come Home

Album: Angels and Alcohol (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • This tender Alan Jackson penned song was inspired by personal experience. "My first daughter, a few years ago, graduated and went off to college," the singer told Taste of Country. "It just reminded me of, when I came to Nashville, I didn't know anything about it. It was a big move, and it was scary, and everybody thought we were crazy."

    Jackson's father's words at that time mean even more to him now that he's a dad. "He didn't discourage me from going [to Nashville] or anything," the singer recalled, "but he said, 'You can always come home. If it doesn't work out, you can always come back.' And it's true."

    "When you're a parent, if you have kids, [no matter] how old they are, you're always going to take them in and take care of them, or whatever, so they always feel like they have a net," Jackson continued. "And so, when (second daughter) Allie left to go out there, I wrote this song, and that's kind of what it's about, really."

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