The tune has evolved in meaning since its inception, which lead singer Richie McDonald recalled on the “Today” show.
“‘I’m Already There’ was actually inspired by a little four-year-old — about 16 years ago — that being my son Rhett,” McDonald remembered. “When were gone for like six weeks, I called home one night and he said, ‘Daddy, when you coming home?’ It’s a song that I wrote, that we basically live night after night from a phone conversation morphed into something a lot bigger.”
Yes, it did. After 9/11, the song was adopted by military men and women serving overseas and their families. A song about the every day life of touring the country — or world — with a band was released in early 2001, but by the end of the year it meant something else. In 2003, Lonestar re-released the music video, but featured actual messages from military families along the way.
Watch that version here: