"Momma's House" tells the story of a painful breakup that has tarnished the image Dustin Lynch had of his small hometown, and the painful ways memories of his romance haunt him "on every street, every corner." At his lowest point, Lynch is ready to "burn this whole town down"; it's only a reverence for his "Momma's House" that prevents him from doing so.
The country rocker was penned by Dylan Schneider, Michael Lotten, Rodney Clawson and Justin Wilson. The song was the first Lynch recorded for his fourth studio album; it stirred such the buzz that "Momma's House" became the creative catalyst for the set.
Lynch named the album after his Tennessee hometown. Every track on Tullahoma
is about him growing up there, pointing to something that happened to him or his close friends and family. They further the storyline of his 2017 fictional "Small Town Boy
Shot in Lafayette, Tennessee, and directed by Mason Dixon, the hot-blooded video finds Dustin Lynch brooding over a bad breakup. As he walks around, things ignite around him: mailboxes, a park bench, and an apartment building all go up in flames before he realizes the consequences of his actions and the singer elects instead to drown his sorrows at a bar.
Dustin Lynch admitted to ABC Audio the song initially shocked him. "'Momma's House' is a lyric that I've never heard before," he said. "When one of my friends sent me this song, it hit me in a way where I was like, 'Whoa!' It kind of made me step back and go, 'I was not expecting that out of the title 'Momma's House.'"
However, it turned out to be an emotion he could relate to, especially having grown up in a small town. "You break up with the girl you're dating," he explained, "and you're like, 'My world's crumbling. There's no one else here.'"
"My grandparents are high school sweethearts, my parents [are] high school sweethearts, my sister married her high school sweetheart," Lynch continued. "So whenever my high school sweetheart didn't work out, it was such a shock."
"I thought I had life figured out, right?" he added. "And I felt that emotion where I just, I wanted to burn the town down because everything in my hometown reminded me of her."