Hometown (Single)

by Kenny Foster

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On May 22nd 2011, my hometown of Joplin, Missouri was ravaged by the most deadly tornado in recorded history. In the same spring, flooding, storms, and various other tornadoes affected Tuscaloosa, Alabama - Raleigh, North Carolina - St. Louis, Missouri - Springfield, Massachusetts - Tushka, Oklahoma - and countless other cities and small towns all over this great land of ours. My mother, father, and sister were lucky enough to have survived in the crawlspace of their home as their house was swept away overhead, but not everyone was so fortunate. These storms took the lives of more than 500 people in the United States and over 539 world-wide. Those that survived were left to mourn the loss of loved ones, their homes, their businesses, and any semblance of normalcy they may have once had. The song “Hometown” was written to bring some solidarity between those directly affected, and the nation that stood aghast. It was a way to bring those communities together, no matter the distance, to rebuild stronger communities and stronger people. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this song go directly to the United Way who is working diligently to raise buildings, money, and hope for the people in these areas. Whether you were directly affected by the tornadoes in 2011 or whether you helplessly wept along with them, this song is for you.

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I had a dusty box of trophies in the attic
Till that attic took a trip to “kingdom come”
I guess that storm had sent it flying back to high school
And in the rubble said they'd only found the one.

Mom said she never had the room to keep ‘em
Said they always took up way too dang much space
But when I saw her safe and sound, Dad and Sister by her side
I’d have given her a trophy for that face.

I can think of better things to put my hometown on the map
Than to have it blown clear off it Sunday Night
But if I know her like I know I do,
She ain’t goin’ down without a fight.

Here in my hometown
It’s just like your hometown
We’ve got sisters, we’ve got brothers,
Memories of one another we hold dear

Here in my hometown
The one like your hometown
Sure there might be a little less of it
We might have a bigger mess of it
But all we really need is all still here

Here in our hometown

I know each girl dreams of being princess
To wear that dress and walk daddy down the aisle
Instead they searched through what was left of their old kitchen
And pulled that veil from underneath the pile

Three stories made a heap upon their shoulders
Must have felt like this whole world came crashing in
But they took it step by step, found a Laundromat and then
Made that dress all sparkling white again

I can think of better things to put my hometown on the map
Than to have it blown clear off it Sunday Night
But if I know folks like I know folks in my town
They’re gonna be alright

Here in my hometown…

Mother Nature ain’t around to answer questions
But what she tore down, we’re building right back up
When you’ve got everything to gain,
Well then what’s a little rain
Gonna do to folks that don’t know when to stop…

Here in my hometown
It’s just like your hometown
We ain’t got a lot of things,
but we’ve got memories that we hold dear

Yeah here in my hometown…
In our home town…

credits

released June 8, 2011
I wrote it and sang it. Vince Romanelli produced it.

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Kenny Foster Nashville, Tennessee

Writer, singer, philosopher, philanthropist. Kenny Foster has already seen some life, and hopes for a whole lot more of it. Listen to some of the tales he spins, and tell us if your head doesn't do the same. Think on it, and then play it again. It's even better the second time around. ... more

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