Back Where I Come From

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"Back Where I Come From"
Single by Mac McAnally
from the album Simple Life
B-side"Company Time"[1]
ReleasedJanuary 1990
Format7" single
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Mac McAnally
Producer(s)Jim Ed Norman, Mac McAnally
Mac McAnally singles chronology
"Minimum Love"
"Back Where I Come From"
"Down the Road"

"Back Where I Come From" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Mac McAnally. It was released in January 1990 as the first single from his album Simple Life. The song reached number 14 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[1] Its B-side, "Company Time", was later a single for Linda Davis in 1994.


The song is a mid-tempo in which the narrator expresses nostalgia towards his hometown in Mississippi.[2] Regarding its content, McAnally told American Songwriter, "When I wrote 'Back Where I Come From' I thought that it was a hit, but also that it said something that I personally wanted to be the first to say."[3] The song, the first cut on Simple Life, has a play length of 3 minutes and 32 seconds; a 1-minute and 20 second reprise, performed by McAnally on piano with backing from the Nashville String Machine, is the album's sixth track.[4]

Cover versions[edit]

"Back Where I Come From" was covered by Kenny Chesney on his 1996 album Me and You, produced by Barry Beckett. Chesney also included a live version of the song on his 2000 Greatest Hits album. Of Chesney's recordings, McAnally said that "As a publisher I knew I was devaluing the copyright by singing it myself instead of passing it onto better and bigger singers, but I did it anyway. One of many of my classically bad business choices, but thankfully Kenny Chesney was kind enough to bail me out and cut it again."[3]


From Simple Life liner notes.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 18
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 14


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 261. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ "Mac McAnally finding his place on the charts". The Hour. April 10, 1990. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Moore, Rick (January 2, 2012). "Mac McAnally". American Songwriter. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Simple Life (CD booklet). Mac McAnally. Warner Bros. Records. 1990. 26136-2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1245." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 26, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  6. ^ "Mac McAnally Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.