May 27.2014 – The Story Behind “Carolina” by Parmalee

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“Carolina” is the title of a song recorded by Parmalee. It was first released on their 2008 EP entitled Complicated before being remixed and re-released on February 4, 2013 as their second single for Stoney Creek Records. It is included on their album Feels Like Carolina, which was released on December 10, 2013.

“Carolina” was written by group members Matt Thomas, Joshua McSwain, Scott Thomas and Barry Knox with Rick Beato.

Matt Thomas explained the song’s meaning : “It’s all about home,” he said. “It’s very autobiographical, since we’re gone all the time. We always miss all the family events and everyone, so coming home is good. We were out in California for a few months and got back home to North Carolina, and it felt like home. I had this notion that reminded me of California, so I put the two together, and we flipped it into a relationship song.”

Barry Knox added: “This song kind of defines us as a group, as far as our music and lyrical content. Obviously, we’re from Carolina, so it means a whole lot to us. We’ve been together for a few years before we wrote that song, and when we wrote it, we felt that we really hit it. Matt’s voice is perfect on the song, and it just sounds like a Parmalee song.”

“Carolina” debuted at number 58 on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week of February 16, 2013.

On the Country Airplay chart dated December 21, 2013, “Carolina” became Parmalee’s first Number One country hit.

“Carolina” has sold 472,000 copies in the US as of December 2013.

Matt Thomas told Taste of Country that this was a make-it-or-break-it song for the band and if it hadn’t been a hit, they might not have had a chance to release another single with Stoney Creek. “We kind of got here to Nashville on the song,” he shared. “Everybody at the label felt like it was a hit song, so did we so it was kind of like this should be a no-brainer. We were a little nervous when we first put it out over the summer.”

LYRICS: written by Matt Thomas, Joshua McSwain, Scott Thomas, Barry Knox and Rick Beato.
Home is where my heart is still beating
And I don’t know when I’ll see her again
I hate to see her cry when I’m leaving
But now I’m a thousand miles away again

And she feels like Carolina
Looks like California
Shining like those New York lights on Broadway
When she looks back I’m behind her
I’ll always be there for her
She makes me feel like home’s not so far away
She feels like Carolina

It’s hard to understand the way I’m living
And I know she thinks I’m never coming home (never coming home)
But I miss her pretty smile, I’m coming back in a little while
But I’m a thousand miles away again

And she feels like Carolina
Looks like California
Shining like those New York lights on Broadway
When she looks back I’m behind her
I’ll always be there for her
She makes me feel like home’s not so far away

No matter how far I go, you know I can’t stop thinking about her
And there’s nothing like the way I feel, the way I feel when I’m beside her

[2x]
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh

She feels like Carolina
Looks like California
Shining like those New York lights on Broadway
When she looks back I’m behind her
I’ll always be there for her
She makes me feel like home’s not so far away

Carolina (Carolina)
California (California)
Like home’s not so far away

She feels like Carolina (Carolina)
Looks like California (California)
She makes me feel like home’s not so far away
She makes me feel like home’s not so far away

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