Singer-songwriter Brennen Leigh goes home again on the tender "Don't You Know I'm From Here," the latest release from her forthcoming album Prairie Love Letter (out September 18).
The song reflects on the urge to reconnect with your roots and what it's like to feel like a stranger in your own home town.
"I could get here with my eyes closed and one hand on the wheel/ I like to see the rows and rows of corn/ It makes me feel like a kid again/ Slowly watch my home town reappear," Leigh sings. "Well I know my accent's gone/ But I would not put you on/ Don't you know I'm from here?"
Leigh says the song is about how everything changes -- even the small towns we thought we knew by heart.
"'Don't You Know I'm From Here' is about going home, expecting your hometown to stay the same no matter how long you've been gone," Leigh says. "Like the character in the 'Twilight Zone' episode that's able to time travel back to his childhood, I've learned that expectation only leads to disappointment and a feeling of loss. It's my version of 'Rank Stranger.'"
Watch the video for "Don't You Know I'm From Here" below.
Prairie Love Letter, produced by Robbie Fulks, is a tribute to Leigh's birthplace on the state line between Minnesota and North Dakota.
"This is a collection of songs about my childhood home: the line between Western Minnesota and Eastern North Dakota," Leigh says in a press release. "I've lived away for eighteen years and been homesick every one of them."
For more information on Brennen Leigh, visit her official website.