The years was 1986.
Randy Travis had been on a huge roll. His debut album – Storms of Life – had yielded three hit singles already and it was time to finish the album with one more hit. The song chosen was a slow ballad about life and how wonderful the times at home can be.
Listen to the classic No Place LIke Home by Randy Travis and enjoy today’s Flashback Friday…
No Place Like Home – Randy Travis
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Man I love that kind of country music. There is nothing like a slow country ballad about life, love, and everything in between. This kind of country music from the great Randy Travis is perfect for a summer afternoon. It makes me want to grab an ice-filled lemonade and sit on the porch swing with my girlfriend.
No Place LIke Home could have been the biggest cliche song in the world. It’s a phrase everybody remembers and overuses. When things are good it’s even more corny to say “There’s no place like home…there’s no place like home…” Somehow Randy was able to overcome that cliche and make this song something special.
You know…this is the kind of song that has a sad melody. It’s slow moving and somber the entire time. But when the song kicks off there is only a hint of sadness and it’s all from the tone of the vocals and the melody. The story actually starts out looking fondly at the things in life.
As the song moves along, though, we realize the song is about a man having to leave his home, his family, and the woman he used to love. It turns out the family couldn’t work things out and they all have to move on.
It’s a sad tone for a song, but sometimes that’s how life works out. We have to move on and it’s time to make a new home for yourself and perhaps with someone else. If there are kids in the situation they’ll certainly be a part of home in the best of cases, but sometimes it doesn’t work out.
It’s a bit of a sad song, but it’s the kind of country music I seem to like most.
How about you?