Every Reason I Go Back

Album: Easy Does It (2009)

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  • Vero Beach, Florida. It's where Jake Owen grew up. He spent his childhood there, his teenage years, and some of his adult life. And then one day he felt the urge to pull up the anchor and sail out of town. "I feel like you can't grow in your life in any certain way without being under the shadow in the sense of your family, friends, and all that, without getting out and doing your own thing. So I left. It was the best thing I ever did."

    "My twin brother still lives there, my older brother lives there with his wife, my mom and dad live there. And I went home this past Christmas - this was right before I wrote the song - and I went back to the same bars that I used to go to and hang out with my friends, and my same friends' houses, my mom and dad's house. And even though I'd gotten tired as a kid growing up and hearing my mom and dad preach to me all the time, my dad, he'd say, 'Son,' I'd say, 'Yeah?' He'd go, 'What?!' I'd have to say, 'Yes, sir,' you know? (laughing) And I got tired of that.
    But now I realize that that that those are the same reasons I still go back home, because of the morals and the values that were instilled in me and my friends. And I wouldn't be the man I am today without the things that were instilled in me as a kid. And that stems from my family and my friends, and just life in general." (Check out our interview with Jake Owen)

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