Alan Jackson Has the Perfect Song This Week

New Tune Makes Apt Send Off for College-Bound Kids

“If it doesn’t work out, you can always come home.”

That’s what Alan Jackson’s father told him when he was moving to Nashville.

It’s what Jackson told his own daughter when she was moving to California.

And I think it’s what I’ll tell my son when he leaves for college in Atlanta on Thursday (Aug. 13).

“That meant a lot and that’s why that song spilled out,” Jackson told The Associated Press about “You Can Always Come Home,” a song he wrote for his new album. He admitted that even playing the rough track for his family made everyone tear up.

And since this is the time of year when so many young men and women are moving on and moving out — and so many nests are emptying — I think it’s a good idea to shine a light on lyrics that will help us all get through it.

Here are the lyrics, courtesy of

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.