Analysis of The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert Essay

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“The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert is a song that tells the story of a woman going back to visit her childhood home after experiencing life as an adult. The speaker discusses how she identifies her home with the memories and experiences that have molded her into the person she becomes, but she feels that something is missing from her life. She believes that going back to “the house” will help her recover her true sense of self. When my childhood home was sold, I experienced a deep sense of loss. Like the speaker in the song, I felt that I was missing pieces of myself for many years afterwards. Just as the speaker learns that it is not the tangible house that keeps her memories alive, but herself, I eventually learned that …show more content…
For instance, she says, “I thought if I could touch this place or feel it, this brokenness inside me might start healing. Out here it’s like I’m someone else, I thought that maybe I could find myself.” This implies that the speaker feels that she has lost her identity and she does not know who she is anymore; she feels disconnected from her roots. The speaker goes on to say that “If I could just come in I swear I’ll leave, won’t take nothing but a memory from the house that built me.” This shows how the speaker is reassuring the current occupant of the house that she means no harm; she only wants one final moment to reminisce in the place that holds many memories for her. In the second verse the speaker talks about the careful planning that goes into the construction of her home. For instance, she says “Mama cut out pictures of houses for years, from ‘Better Homes and Garden Magazine’. Plans were drawn and concrete poured, and nail by nail and board by board Daddy gave life to Mama’s dream”. This shows how the speaker’s mother spends a significant amount of time trying to decide what she wants the home to look like. It is implied that the speaker’s father builds the house by hand, not just to build any house, but to build the family home that his wife has always imagined.

The coda of the song discusses how the speaker ventures into

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