Small Town

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"Small Town"
Single by John Mellencamp
from the album Scarecrow
B-side "Small Town" (acoustic version)
Released November 2, 1985
Format 7"
Recorded Belmont Mall Studio, April 17, 1985
Genre Heartland rock, roots rock
Length 3:42
Label Riva Records
Writer(s) John Mellencamp
Producer(s) John Mellencamp, Don Gehman
John Mellencamp singles chronology
"Lonely Ol' Night"
"Small Town"
"R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A."

"Small Town" is a song written by John Mellencamp and released on his 1985 album Scarecrow. The song reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1]


Mellencamp wrote the song about his experiences growing up in a small town in Indiana, having been born in Seymour, Indiana, and living in Bloomington, Indiana, which, at the time of the release of the song, was much smaller. The music video has references to both towns. After that, Mellencamp has been known as champion of "small town America."

In popular culture[edit]

NBA legend and fellow Indiana native Larry Bird used this song on his retirement ceremony in 1993, particularly referring his town French Lick, Indiana as a "small town". It was also used for him in the NBA Superstars video series.

The song was played in The Waterboy.

While performing for the NFL Kickoff Special on NBC on September 6, 2007 to celebrate his hometown Indianapolis Colts opening the season after winning Super Bowl XLI, some of the well-known lyrics were changed. "My wife was 13 when I wrote this song" being among the more humorous of lines not in the original. The "L.A. Doll" he sings of in the original version was his then-wife Victoria Granucci.

The song was used as the opening theme to the television movie, The Ryan White Story.

The song was also used as the theme song for the Discovery Times documentary series Off to War, which covered Arkansas Army National Guard soldiers, most of them from rural Clarksville, Arkansas, during their tour of duty in Operation: Iraqi Freedom.

The song is played after Green Bay Packers games.

For a while, it was performed by Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra prior to and in closing the Small Town News sketches featured on Late Show with David Letterman.


Well I was born in a small town And I live in a small town Probably die in a small town Oh, those small communities

All my friends are so small town My parents live in the same small town My job is so small town Provides little opportunity

Educated in a small town Taught the fear of Jesus in a small town Used to daydream in that small town Another boring romantic that's me

But I've seen it all in a small town Had myself a ball in a small town Married an L.A. doll and brought her to this small town Now she's small town just like me

No I cannot forget where it is that I come from I cannot forget the people who love me Yeah, I can be myself here in this small town And people let me be just what I want to be

Got nothing against a big town Still hayseed enough to say Look who's in the big town But my bed is in a small town Oh, and that's good enough for me

Well I was born in a small town And I can breathe in a small town Gonna die in this small town And that's probably where they'll bury me.

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how many times can I say that I I was brought up in a small town too many times I know you're sick of it


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