April 29.2014 – The Story Behind “Almost Home” by Craig Morgan

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“Almost Home” is a song by country music singer Craig Morgan. It was the second single from his 2003 album I Love It. The song was Morgan’s first Top 10 hit on the U.S. country music charts

According to co-writer Kerry Kurt Phillips, the homeless man’s explanation that he is “almost home” is intentionally open-ended, and can mean that the man had almost reached home in his dream, or that he is about to die and go to Heaven: “A lot of people ask me if the guy almost died… was he dying or dreaming? It’s funny how people have different interpretations. That’s the neat thing about a song, and I think understatement is the key to a good song…leaving enough room for the listener to draw their own conclusion so I never answer them on that. I guess it’s up to the listene.

“Almost Home” reached the top 10 on the Hot Country Singles Billboard charts the week of June 14.2003.

“Almost Home” earned Craig a “Song of the Year” award from BMI,and a Songwriter’s Achievement Award from the Nashville Songwriters’ Association International.

LYRICS: Written by Craig Morgan and Kerry Kurt Phillips
He had plastic bags wrapped ’round his shoes
He was covered with the evening news
Had a pair of old wool socks on his hands
The bank sign was flashing 5 below
It was freezing rain and spittin’ snow
He was curled up behind some garbage cans
I was afraid that he was dead
I gave him a gentle shake
When he opened up his eyes
I said, “Old man are you ok?”

He said,”I just climbed out of a cottonwood tree
I was runnin’ from some honey bees
Drip dryin’ in the summer breeze
After jumpin’ into Calico creek
I was walkin’ down an old dirt road
Past a field of hay that had just been mowed
Man I wish you’d just left me alone
‘Cause I was almost home”

He said “I was just comin’ round the barn
‘Bout the time you grabbed my arm
When I heard Momma holler, “Son hurry up”
I was close enough for my old nose
To smell fresh cobbler on the stove
And I saw daddy loadin’ up the truck
Cane poles on the tailgate
Bobbers blowin’ in the wind
Since July of ’55
That’s as close as I’ve been”

He said,”I just climbed out of a cottonwood tree
I was runnin’ from some honey bees
Drip dryin’ in the summer breeze
After jumpin’ into Calico creek
I was walkin’ down an old dirt road
Past a field of hay that had just been mowed
Man I wish you’d just left me alone
‘Cause I was almost home”

I said,”Old man you’re gonna freeze to death
Let me drive you to the mission”
He said,”Boy if you’d left me alone
Right now I’d be fishin'”

He said,”I just climbed out of a cottonwood tree
I was runnin’ from some honey bees
Drip dryin’ in the summer breeze
After jumpin’ into Calico creek
I was walkin’ down an old dirt road
Past a field of hay that had just been mowed
Man I wish you’d just left me alone
‘Cause I was almost home”

Man I wish you’d just left me alone
Cause I was almost home (almost home)

Man I wish you’d just left me alone
I was almost home

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4 thoughts on “April 29.2014 – The Story Behind “Almost Home” by Craig Morgan

  1. Troy

    “Almost Home” is one of my favorite country tunes. My interpretation was that the old guy was dreaming of when he enjoyed life because life is so unenjoyable for him now.

  2. Anonymous

    Where was it filmed?

  3. Where was it filmed?

  4. Kent Gideon

    I live that life .Presently I am writing a story about such or atleast attempting .And writing :”SOUL -IN-CHAINS”,A BIO/MEMOIRS .INhopes. to use “Almost Home” as the theme.

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