By Gayle Thompson theboot.com
Alan Jackson‘s latest studio album, Angels and Alcohol includes the tender song “You Can Always Come Home,” which Jackson says was inspired by personal experience.
“My first daughter, a few years ago, graduated and went off to college,” Jackson tells Taste of Country. “It just reminded me of, when I came to Nashville, I didn’t know anything about it. It was a big move, and it was scary, and everybody thought we were crazy.”
With lines like, “You can always come home / Wherever life’s road leads, you can get back / To a love that’s strong and free / You’ll never be alone / In your heart, there’s still a place / No matter how right or wrong you’ve gone / You can always come home,” the song draws inspiration from words from Jackson’s own father, which meant much more to him after he became a dad.
“He didn’t discourage me from going [to Nashville] or anything,” Jackson says of his dad, “but he said, ‘You can always come home. If it doesn’t work out, you can always come back.’ And it’s true.
“When you’re a parent, if you have kids, [no matter] how old they are, you’re always going to take them in and take care of them, or whatever, so they always feel like they have a net,” Jackson continues. “And so, when Allie left to go out there, I wrote this song, and that’s kind of what it’s about, really.”