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"Temporary Home" is the title of a song written by Zac Maloy, Luke Laird and co-written and recorded by American
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country artist Carrie Underwood. It is the second official single from her third studio album, Play On, and was released to
"Temporary Home"
Single by Carrie Underwood
from the album Play On
Released October 20, 2009 (2009-10-20)
Format CD single

Music download

Genre Country, Christian
Length 4:28 (album version)

4:19 (radio version)

Label Arista Nashville
Writer(s) Luke Laird

Zac Maloy Carrie Underwood

Producer Mark Bright
Certification Gold (RIAA)[1]
Carrie Underwood singles chronology
"Cowboy Casanova"(2009) "Temporary Home"(2009) "Undo It"(2010)

country radio the week of December 14, 2009. Before being released as a single, the song was made available to iTunes on October 20, 2009. A promotional music video for the song was released in November 2009,[2] and an official music video followed in February 2010. In December of 2010 the song was ranked at #25 on Billboard's Top Country Songs of 2010.[3]


[edit] BackgroundEdit

On November 16, 2009, Underwood performed the song on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.[4] She also performed this song on Home for the Holidays, a CBS special that Faith Hill hosted on December 23, 2009. Before her performance at Foxwoods Casino, Connecticut, Underwood's tour bus crashed and the driver was killed. During her performance, Underwood got emotional and said "This song means so much to me..." and gave a tearful performance.[5]

[edit] ReceptionEdit

Reviews of the song have been mainly positive. Billboard gave a positive review saying that "Hope reverberates through the scenarios as each character senses that life on Earth is but a temporary trial....Vocally, she has never sounded more heartfelt and compelling. "Temporary Home" is a powerful song that's stirring but not preachy, and Underwood's performance is sure to resonate strongly with listeners."[6][7]

Country Universe gave the track an A- grade saying "It’s not the narrative that powers this song, but the depth and strength of her personal conviction. From the inclusion of neglected members of society to the intricate shades of fully-invested emotion to the telling last line –“this is our temporary home”–, the song provides a glimpse at the person behind the artist."[8]

Roughstock has also been positive in their review saying, "In "Temporary Home," three characters all take on some interpretation of the title phrase: a literal sense for the foster child bounced from home to home, a struggling young mother in a halfway house, and a spiritual sense for the man on his deathbed. What could've easily been a mountain of glurge instead becomes simple and effective."[9]

Jim Malec of 9513 was less enthusiastic about the song saying "It’s hard to relate to, or have much sympathy for, people who we know aren’t real. As a result, “Temporary Home” has a very dull emotional affect—we’re sad because hard times are sad, and we’re happy because we hope tomorrow will be better, but we know the whole scenario is constructed to preach a particular point of view. Between the first note and the last, not a single lyric works to reveal something about ourselves or strives to tell us a story—it’s impact is blunt, hits fast and fades quickly.". He was positive about Underwood's vocals saying, "Underwood shows off those refined chops on new single “Temporary Home”; her vocal is beautifully delicate, and the downtempo pace of the song grants a welcome reprieve for her typically bombastic production."[10]

[edit] Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label
United States October 20, 2009 Music download Arista Nashville
Canada Sony Music
United States December 14, 2009 Airplay Arista Nashville
Canada Sony Music

[edit] Music videoEdit

Originally, a live performance from CMT's Invitation Only, was released as a music video to promote the single. A concept music video for the song was filmed in Nashville, Tennessee, and premiered on CMT on February 4, 2010.[11]

The video was directed by Deaton Flanigen. In the song's music video Underwood is shown riding around town in a taxi cab. During her journey she watches a young boy with his new foster mother, and a mother trying desperately to get a job. Finally, she reaches her destination, a hospital room with an elderly man, presumably her grandfather, lying on his deathbed. Between the third verse and third chorus on the video, Underwood goes in and talks to her dying grandfather (portrayed by Brian Dennehy) in the video and hugs him. Throughout the video, Underwood is also shown performing the song while standing among trees in the winter, with snowfall coming down behind her. Underwood said of the video, "It's kind of like one person on their way somewhere, which is a theme of this song. You're headed someplace, and then they kind of share these special moments with the characters. But through that, I felt like everybody's on their own journey, and we all cross paths. So I felt like it was close enough to the story, but just far enough away to where it kind of provided a different angle."[12]==[edit] Awards and nominations==

[edit] 53rd Grammy AwardsEdit

Year Nominated work Award Result
2010 "Temporary Home" Best Female Country Vocal Performance Nominated

[edit] 16th Inspirational Country Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominated work Award Result
2010 "Temporary Home" Inspirational Music Video of the Year Won
2010 "Temporary Home" Inspirational Mainstream Country Song of the Year Nominated

[edit] 2010 CMT Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominated work Award Result
2010 "Temporary Home" (from CMT Invitation Only) CMT Performance of the Year Won

[edit] 2010 CMA Triple-Play AwardsEdit

Year Nominated work Award Result
2010 "Temporary Home" Triple-Play Songwriter (along with "Cowboy Casanova", "Undo It") Won

[edit] 2011 BMI AwardsEdit

Year Nominated work Award Result
2011 "Temporary Home" Songwriter of the Year Won

[edit] Chart performanceEdit

"Temporary Home" debuted at #92 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and at #66 on the Canadian Hot 100. It also debuted at #48 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart on the week ending December 12, 2009, and has so far become her 12th top 10 single. On the chart week of April 10, 2010, the song became her ninth #1 single and peaked at number 34 on the U.S. Christian Songs chart.

Chart (2010) Peak


Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[13] 65
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 41
US Country Songs (Billboard)[15] 1
US Christian Songs (Billboard)[16] 34
Preceded by

"A Little More Country Than That" by Easton Corbin

Billboard Hot Country Songs

number-one single April 10, 2010

Succeeded by

"Highway 20 Ride" by Zac Brown Band

[edit] Sales and certificationsEdit

As a promotional single (before the release of Play On):

United States: 31,000

  • These sales only count for the purchases of the song that were bought during the album's promotion period before it was released as an official single.[17]

As a confirmed single (after the release of Play On):

United States: 777,000[18]

The song has been officially confirmed as Gold.[19]