"Give Me Back My Hometown" as written by Luke Robert Laird and Eric Church....
Damn, I used to love this view
Sit here and drink a few
Main street and the high school lit up on Friday night
Down there it's another touchdown
Man, this year's team is stout
I can hear them goin' crazy
And up here so am I
Thinkin' about you sittin' there sayin' I hate this, I hate it
If you couldn't stand livin' here why'd you take it, take it

Give me back my hometown
'Cause this is my hometown

All the colors of my youth
The red, the green, the hope, the truth
Are beatin' me black and blue 'cause you're in every scene
My friends try to cheer me up get together at the Pizza Hut
I didn't have the heart to tell them that was our place
These sleepy streetlights on every sidewalk side street
Shed a light on everything that used to be

Give me back my hometown
'Cause this is my hometown

Yeah, yeah, oh, yeah, yeah
Ah ooh, yeah, yeah
You can have my grandma's locket
The knife out of my grandpa's pocket
Yeah my state champion jacket I don't care you can have it
Every made memory every picture, every broken dream
Yeah everything, everything, everything

Give me back my hometown
'Cause this is my hometown

Yeah, yeah, oh, yeah, yeah
Ah ooh, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, oh, yeah, yeah
Ah ooh, yeah, yeah
Ah ooh
Ah ooh
Ah ooh
Ah ooh
Ah ooh


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"Give Me Back My Hometown" as written by Luke Robert Laird, Eric Church

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    General CommentI think the correct lyrics are "the red, the green, the hope, the truth."

    Anyway, to me this song is a sequel to Springsteen. The events in Springsteen didn't end well as shown by the video. The person he loved has now left him, perhaps moving out of his hometown, everything they did around his town are haunting the narrator, and everywhere he goes he keeps thinking about her, when he just wants to forget and "get his hometown back. I love Eric Church, and can't wait for his new album
    metallicafan9485on January 19, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI looked at the video as seeing that now his hometown has become corrupt and it seems that the girl he loved has either passed away or was part of a deal that saw her rat him to the cops
    harderman61on January 26, 2014   Link
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    My OpinionMy opinion on the song is that he went through a divorce.

    Thinkin' about you sittin' there sayin' I hate this, I hate it
    If you couldn't stand livin' here why'd you take it, take it

    From that I get that if she didn't want to live there with him why did she take his proposal, and her negative attitude sucked the life out of his hometown.
    jsax24on March 01, 2014   Link
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    Song MeaningFrom music inside u website:

    Meaning of Give Me Back My Hometown: The key phrase is I used to love this view. We all hate letting go, because in a perfect world we wouldn't have to. Loves would never die and tragedy would never strike. But they do. That's where the song ends: hopeless bitter loss. It's beautiful in it's own way - if you're hurting that bad, it means your love ran deep. Still, Give Me Back My Hometown is missing a key ingredient: hope. Despair might be what you feel like, but it won't get you anywhere. First, you have to trust that you can make a difference. Second, you can't forget that even if you fail, there's more to life than this world. You hope that when life is over and done with, there's place where no one ever has to die again. Hope keeps love alive. In spite of loss. Even in spite of failure.


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    tstremuson March 11, 2014   Link
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    General CommentMaybe I'm over-simplifying, but I come from a small town. When it was tiny, it was great. Who had our country ways.

    After a while, tourists started to flock in and move there permanently. Politicians moved from large cities and passed laws to change the things we once loved. Rules on the river and things like that.

    So, "If you couldn't stand livin' here why'd you take it" hits home. Why move to a location and mold it into the place you came from?

    Give me back my hometown.

    sindyon May 12, 2014   Link
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    General CommentEverybody has that time in their youth when everything seemed to be going great, feeling on top of the world. Before the songwriter experienced broken relationships, broken dreams, and moving away from home, he was living a high school life of football and a girl (who eventually chose to leave in search of something better).
    When I hear this song, I imagine Eric revisiting his hometown, and remembering all of the good and bad memories. Looking down at the football field, every emotion just comes rushing back, but life has irreversibly changed since then. My favorite lines are in the bridge, "You can have ___". He's saying, I may have all of these items that remind me of my youth, but they're hollow. I would trade all of these things in just to be able to go back and experience the days of my youth again in this place. Sometimes you need to mourn for the loss of the good ol' days.

    Going on a limb, but perhaps the red and green may refer to the football team, as his high school team wore red jerseys, playing on a green field.
    MwKon June 13, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationFor what it's worth, there seems to be two meanings from this song- from the lyrics alone- I think it is about lost love and trying to forget the past where everything reminds him of the girl (she may have even taken her own life- 'I hate this, I hate this') and he wants to move on and see the town as he used to growing up.

    From the video, however, I get the sense that it's about taking back our country- to bring back the factories and manufacturing and jobs, the 'mom and pop' stores - the good old 'made in America' label - a time when English was the only language spoken and before the Walmarts of the world invaded towns. A time when pride in your community and country and working hard made America strong. The cemetery in the beginning is the lost America, the quaint, towns gone. The background looks like a wasteland representing lost jobs that have gone overseas. The rich woman is the 'take over', the greed of corporate America to make more money at the expense of lower paying jobs or lost jobs overseas or even foreigners buying up our land and businesses. It's an ode to the times when life was simpler and I'm proud to be American- born and bred ruled. Apple pie, baseball, Sunday picnics with the family, having real conversations instead of texting . . . okay, I'll stop now.
    writermomon June 16, 2014   Link

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