From the first time I heard this song it caught my attention. The subtle changes of the meaning “home-boy” paints
such a vivid picture of the prodigal son. Have you been there? Coming back home is so dramatic and overwhelming.
The song still gives me chills, especially the last lines of the song, “Mamas goin’ grey and so is Daddy’s mind
I wish you’d come on back and make it alright, before they’re called…homeboy”
Don’t wait until it’s too late-that part is me.~Robynn
Hear the story behind here..
This may sound more like a title of a hip hop track, but American Country music singer and songwriter Eric Church loved the idea of naming a Country cut after the urban slang term for a male friend. It was Church’s sports-coaching co-writer who came up with the title and the North Carolina native strung a story round it about a small-town homeboy who severs ties with his square family. The song was chosen as Church’s first single from his third studio album and released to country radio on February 14, 2011.
Church came up with this song thinking of the different ways you can use the word “Home.” He said of the track: “I love the message of the family element. I think everybody at some point and time in their life has been on the wrong path. I know I have. I think it’s about having a family member come and say, ‘Hey, I think you’re on the wrong path.’ And I know that’s what the sentiment of the song was for me. It attacks some social things and uses the environment that we’re in today to tell the story. ‘Homeboy’ is about two brothers, but it does deal with social issues. It deals with drugs. It deals with gangs. It deals with those things and I think that’s what’s going on in the country and it’s fun to be able to put that in a song and at least raise the awareness about stuff a little bit.”
The song’s music video was shot in the former Tennessee State Prison, which was also the setting for the movies The Green Mile and The Last Castle. Church previously filmed the clip for “Lighting” there.
The album’s name, “Chief,” refers to a nickname of not only the singer’s grandfather, but also Church’s own pet name among friends and family. “My grandpa was chief of police for 35 years in Granite Falls, N.C., but the cool part of the story is my nickname on the road is Chief,” he explained. “That’s what the band calls me. That’s what everybody calls me, and my grandpa’s nickname was Chief so it was kind of a full circle.”
It was released in February 2011 as the ninth single of his career, and the first from his album Chief.
LYRICS: Written by Eric Church and Casey Beathard
You were too bad for a little square town
with your hip-hop hat and your pants on the ground
Heard you cussed out mamma, pushed daddy around
You tore off in his car
Here you are runnin’ these dirty old streets
Tattoo on your neck, fake gold on your teeth
Got the hood here snow, but you cant fool me, we both know who you are
Homeboy your gonna wish one day you were sittin’ on the gate of a truck by the lake
with your high school flame on one side, ice cold beer on the other
Ain’t no shame in a blue collar forty, little house little kids little small town story
If you don’t ever do anything else for me just do this for me brother, come on homeboy
I’s haulin’ this hay, Uncle Joe’s farm
Thought of us bare foot kids in the yard
Man it seems we were just catchin’ snakes in the barn
now you’re caught up in this mess
I can use a little help unloadin’ these bails
I can keep ya pretty busy with a hammer and a nail
Ain’t a glamorous life, but it’ll keep you outta jail
and not worry us all to death
You can’t hold back the hands of time
Mamas goin’ grey and so is Daddy’s mind
I wish you’d come on back and make it alright
before they’re called…homeboy
Come on homeboy
Come on homeboy