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American Honey
Lady Antebellum Lyrics


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She grew up on the side of the road
Where the church bells ring and strong love grows
She grew up good, she grew up slow
Like American honey

Steady as a preacher, free as a weed
Couldn't wait to get goin', but wasn't quite ready to leave
So innocent, pure and sweet
American honey

There's a wild, wild whisper blowin' in the wind
Callin' out my name like a long lost friend
Oh, I miss those days as the years go by
Oh, nothin' sweeter than summertime
And American honey

Get caught in the race of this crazy life
Tryin' to be everything can make you lose your mind
I just want to go back in time
To American honey

There's a wild, wild whisper blowin' in the wind
Callin' out my name like a long lost friend
Oh, I miss those days as the years go by
Oh, nothin' sweeter than summertime
And American honey

Gone for so long now
I gotta get back to her somehow
To American honey

There's a wild, wild whisper blowin' in the wind
Callin' out my name like a long lost friend
Oh, I miss those days as the years go by
Oh, nothin' sweeter than summertime
And American honey

And American honey

Overall Meaning

The song American Honey by Lady Antebellum is a nostalgic and sentimental tribute to the idyllic memories of summertime and childhood. The lyrics follow the story of a girl who grew up on the side of the road, where church bells ring and strong love grows. The song expresses the simplicity and innocence of her upbringing, and her free-spirited nature as she was rooted in her small-town but also yearning for bigger things. The lyrics "Steady as a preacher, free as a weed Couldn’t wait to get goin’, but wasn’t quite ready to leave" portray the duality of wanting to leave but also wanting to hold onto the comfort of home.


Through the song, the singer reflects on their memories of those days: "Oh, I miss those days as the years go by, Oh, nothing sweeter than summertime and American honey." The song touches not only on the importance of the memories of the singer's hometown but also on the significance of the people that are left behind. The lyrics resonate with anyone who has experienced the rush and confusion of trying to be everything in life ultimately to miss the simpler times. The chorus call out the beauty of the country with the line "And American honey." which has become a phrase used to describe memories of an idyllic childhood.


Line by Line Meaning

She grew up on the side of the road
The singer describes a girl who was raised in a humble environment by the roadside.


Where the church bells ring and strong love grows
The location where this girl grew up was near a church, and she received a lot of love and support growing up.


She grew up good, she grew up slow
Despite growing up in a simple environment, this girl grew up to be a good and mature person, but at her own pace.


Like American honey
The singer compares this girl's character to American honey, which is said to be pure and sweet.


Steady as a preacher, free as a weed
The girl is described as being steady and reliable like a preacher, but also free-spirited like a weed that grows wherever it pleases.


Couldn't wait to get goin', but wasn't quite ready to leave
Despite being eager to explore the world, the girl was also hesitant about leaving behind her roots and the people she loved.


So innocent, pure and sweet
The girl's innocence and purity are highlighted again, emphasizing her wholesome character.


American honey
The singer concludes that the girl's character exemplifies the image of American honey, which symbolizes purity and sweetness.


There's a wild, wild whisper blowin' in the wind
The singer hears a whisper in the wind, which represents a nostalgic longing for a time long gone.


Callin' out my name like a long lost friend
This whisper feels familiar to the singer, like a dear friend calling out to them from afar.


Oh, I miss those days as the years go by
The singer feels a sense of loss as time goes on, yearning for the days gone by.


Oh, nothin' sweeter than summertime
The singer reminisces about the joys of summer, which represent a simpler time and happier days.


And American honey
The same phrase is repeated, reinforcing the idea that the memories of summertime and the girl who represents American honey still linger in the singer's mind.


Get caught in the race of this crazy life
The singer acknowledges the frantic pace of modern life, which feels overwhelming at times.


Tryin' to be everything can make you lose your mind
Attempting to achieve everything and be perfect can lead to a loss of sanity and burnout, according to the singer.


I just want to go back in time
The singer expresses a desire to move back in time and relive the memories of a simpler time in their life.


To American honey
The singer reminds us once again that what they want to return to is the world and memories represented by American honey.


Gone for so long now
The singer admits that they have been away from the simpler, happier part of their past for a long time.


I gotta get back to her somehow
The singer recognizes that it's time to return to their past and rediscover the person they once were.


And American honey
The final line repeats what the singer wants to return to - the world and memories represented by American honey.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Major Bob Music, Inc. / Rio Bravo Music, Inc. / Castle Bound Music, Inc. / Hanna Bea Songs, Spirit Music Group, Downtown Music Publishing
Written by: Cary Ryan Barlowe, Hillary Lee Lindsey, Shane Stevens

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@danielpangaribuan3097

She grew up on the side of the road
Where the church bells ring
And strong love grows
She grew up good
She grew up slow
Like American honey

Steady as a preacher
Free as a weed
Couldn't wait to get going
But wasn't quite ready to leave
So innocent, pure and sweet
American honey

There's a wild, wild whisper
Blowin' in the wind
Callin' out my name
Like a long lost friend
Oh, I miss those days
As the years go by
Oh, nothin' sweeter than summertime
And American honey

Get caught in the race of this crazy life
Tryin' to be everything
Can make you lose your mind
I just wanna go back in time
To American honey

There's a wild, wild whisper
Blowin' in the wind
Callin' out my name
Like a long lost friend
Oh, I miss those days
As the years go by
Oh, nothin' sweeter than summertime
And American honey

Gone for so long now
I gotta get back to her somehow
To American honey

There's a wild wild whisper
Blowin' in the wind
Callin' out my name
Like a long lost friend
Oh, I miss those days
As the years go by
Nothin' sweeter than summertime
And American honey
And American honey

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All comments from YouTube:

@stevenmorgan5579

Who's here in 2024?

@perterslse2543

Me.. just discovered this beautiful song a few days back

@paulwrezinski8907

Right now!!!! April 17 th 24

@prawdabolidrani

I am

@aeseiri1618

Yep

@beelez-xi1fi

Me 😊

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@redrose3724

This song came out when my daughter died...it always reminds me of her..she was wild n free n loving and fun n beautiful...I miss her

@chuckfaery4288

Sorry to hear

@grgeorydbishop148

I'm sorry. My prayers are going up for your loss . Peace my friend.

@sgg3103

A song all about how I grew up in small town Texas. People were genuinely really solid and stood firm in their foundations in Christ. Family was everything and your integrity honor respect honesty was valuable and had clout.

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