Story Behind The Song: Billy Ray Cyrus Reveals True Meaning Of His Hit ‘Wher’m I Gonna Live?’


Thanks to the Cyrus family’s 2013 YouTube series Seriously Cyrus, we were able to hear exclusive, unplugged performances from the family patriarch, Billy Ray Cyrus.

During his segment titled “Sunday Sessions,” Cyrus told the backstory of a song from his 1992 debut album, Some Gave All.

“I played this little club in West Virginia 5 nights a week, 4 sets a night,” he says. “One night I came home on a Tuesday night, which evolved into Wednesday morning when all my stuff was sitting out in the front yard. I asked myself, ‘Where am I gonna live? Where am I gonna live when I get home, my gosh that’s a song!’ And anyway, I just started singing this song as I sat there looking at all my belongings on the road there in Ironton, Ohio.”

“Wher’m I Gonna Live?” became the third single from his album and gained quite a bit of success. It reached the Top 25 on the US Billboard Country charts and Top 20 on the Canada charts.

The music video featured him coming home with all of his stuff outside, contemplating what his next move will be. His Sunday Sessions video featured him playing live intermixed with footage from his 1992 music video.

“Wher’m I Gonna Live?” is on Cyrus’ most successful album to date, but he is going to give Some Gave All a run for its money with his upcoming album, Thin Line.

The album will be released on September 9, but until then, you can get an instant download of three tracks if you preorder the album here on Amazon or here on iTunes. 

You will automatically receive his cover of “Hey Elvis”, a remake of the Don Williams classic “Tulsa Time” featuring Aerosmith rocker Joe Perry, as well as the title track!
Watch the video below to see him perform the 1992 hit “Wher’m I Gonna Live”

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