July 29.2015 – The Story Behind “I’m Already There” by Lonestar

While Mama Jaymes was alive, she would say she didn’t like this song! She’d say, ‘He’s not there! Doesn’t he know he isn’t really there?!” It always made us both laugh. And of course, she knew every word of the song.

My mom passed on January 25th, so while I miss her daily, the 25th of each month is a little harder to get through.
Today I am playing this song to remind me that she is with me still. Maybe it touches your heart too and you can relate to it as well. I hope so. ~Robynn

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Songwriter Gary Baker thinks back to a summer day in 1999, when co-writing a smash single nearly lost out to whacking a golf ball.

He had hit the links that morning, and was running late to meet writing partner Frank Myers and Lonestar lead vocalist Richie McDonald. They were beginning another song when Gary arrived. “We moved on to ‘I’m Already There,’ a song that Richie had started on his own,” recalls Gary. “He had the title, the first verse and most of the chorus. He probably could have finished it by himself, but I think Frank and I put the right touches on it.”

Richie had the makings of a touching ballad, inspired by a phone conversation with his 2-year-old son, Rhett. “We were on the West Coast, and he said in his little voice, ‘Daddy, when will you be home?’ It just broke my heart. I thought, physically, I’m not home yet, but mentally, I’m already there.”

Frank remembers Richie playing the chorus on the piano the day they were writing. “I loved it right away,” he says. “I could definitely relate to that sentiment.”

Gary also related, as it hit so achingly close to home. “I immediately thought of my son, Cole,” says Gary wistfully. “That’s the first thing he always says to me when I have to go on the road: ‘When are you coming home?’ This is one song that was really written from the heart.”

Frank and Gary, who have teamed up on John Michael Montgomery’s “I Swear” and other hits, helped Richie flesh out the tune. “The main thing I said,” laughs Frank, “was whatever we do, don’t kill the guy off. Let’s get him back on the phone with his wife.”

Gary chimes in, “We re-wrote the second chorus to make it from the wife’s point of view. I think we broadened it by bringing the spouse into the picture.”

The result was picture perfect, and “I’m Already There” stayed at No. 1 for an incredible six weeks, the weeks of June 23rd through July 28th 2001. “It touched people’s lives,” says Frank. “Anybody could make that song their own.”

Adds Gary, “The song means a great deal to my family, so it’s my favorite of all time. I’m just glad that Richie didn’t start that morning with it – look what I might have missed!”
Written by Bob Paxman

The music video premiered on CMT on June 7, 2001 and it was directed by Michael Salomon. On April 21, 2003, they released another version of the music video to recast the song as a tribute to the military. This version is the one that is most-played on TV.

LYRICS: written by Gary Baker, Frank Myers and Richie McDonald
He called her on the road
From a lonely cold hotel room
Just to hear her say I love you one more time
But when he heard the sound
Of the kids laughing in the background
He had to wipe away a tear from his eye
A little voice came on the phone
Said “Daddy when you coming home”
He said the first thing that came to his mind

I’m already there
Take a look around
I’m the sunshine in your hair
I’m the shadow on the ground
I’m the whisper in the wind
I’m your imaginary friend
And I know I’m in your prayers
Oh I’m already there

She got back on the phone
Said I really miss you darling
Don’t worry about the kids they’ll be alright
Wish I was in your arms
Lying right there beside you
But I know that I’ll be in your dreams tonight
And I’ll gently kiss your lips
Touch you with my fingertips
So turn out the light and close your eyes

I’m already there
Don’t make a sound
I’m the beat in your heart
I’m the moonlight shining down
I’m the whisper in the wind
And I’ll be there until the end
Can you feel the love that we share
Oh I’m already there

We may be a thousand miles apart
But I’ll be with you wherever you are

I’m already there
Take a look around
I’m the sunshine in your hair
I’m the shadow on the ground
I’m the whisper in the wind
And I’ll be there until the end
Can you feel the love that we share
Oh I’m already there
Oh I’m already

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About Robynn

Robynn Jaymes has spent her whole life in radio… 30 years!! And almost half of them have been at Star Country. Originally from Cincinnati, Robynn came to the area as a Liberty University student. Along with all things country music, Robynn is a big fan of Football!—The Virginia Tech Hokies, The Washington Redskins and, of course, the Cincinnati Bengals. And also, “I’m addicted to the Weather Channel,” she says. Right now, Robynn is a big fan if the music coming from Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney! Robynn is also a winner of the Billboard Air Personality of the Year award. Hear all new Warm & Fuzzies with Robynn M-F at 11:45AM!

3 thoughts on “July 29.2015 – The Story Behind “I’m Already There” by Lonestar

  1. Lillie Butler

    Love that song I’m already there it is great

  2. Carmen Hunter

    Saw it sang on the VOICE show. Love it!

  3. Joseph Moser

    I had just started a new job that put me back travelling as a marketing manager again but now I had a family in New Jersey. I was down in Florida, in that “lonely cold hotel room” when the song came on the radio. It still brings me to tears, even though the kids are grown, married, with kids of their own.

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