Album: Play On
Writing Credits: Luke Laird, Zac Maloy and Carrie Underwood
Label: Arista Nashville
Certification: Gold – number one single
The story: the song tells three different sides to one common thread chronicling three different people from different generations going through diverse situations who see their earthly walk in life – from different perspectives as being only a Temporary Home.
My thoughts: I love this song (I cannot even count the number of times I have played and re-played it). It isn’t strictly a Christian track but its message cannot be mistaken. When a song can make you cry and be uplifting, that is good songwriting. Carrie’s awesome voice carries us on a wonderful journey following the joys and trials of a young child, a single mother and an elderly man who is unwell. The song is rich in profound lyrics especially for something released in the Country scene (a genre which normally is all about having “fun,” and most the time puts a smile on your face). As usual, Carrie sounds flawless in her vocals. And, I like that underneath the slower pace, there is still ever so slightly a country twang present.
The song is one of the few I’ve heard that tells such a compelling story. It imparts a beautiful reality – this [earth] is only a temporary home. I suppose it might have the potential to come off sounding a little morbid, but, let’s face it: it is a certainty. If we see our life now as just fleeting – “temporary,” then we can also recognize what we have to look forward too – riches beyond measure.
Similarly, the accompanying music video is pretty to watch, you can see it here.
The lyrics: This is my temporary home. …Windows in rooms I’m passing through. This is just a stop on the way to where I’m going…