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"You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home" is a country pop song written for the 2009 film Hannah Montana: The Movie. The song is performed by Hannah Montana, a character Miley Cyrus portrays in the film. A karaoke version of the song is available in the soundtrack's karaoke series. The song is musically country pop and pop rock. Lyrically, the track is about staying grounded and going back to one's roots.

The song received critical success for its use in the film. "You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home" was met with average-to-low commercial outcomes for Cyrus in several countries, compared to those of her previous efforts as Montana. The song received a music video to coincide with the home release of Hannah Montana: The Movie.

The song was never featured in the show.

Development

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift became involved with Hannah Montana: The Movie when filmmakers emailed her specifically to request the use of her music in the film. Swift agreed to make a cameo appearance in the film to sing "Crazier" as well as to co-write a song with Boys Like Girls lead singer Martin Johnson.[1] In an interview with MTV, Johnson described working with Swift:

"She's awesome. She's one of the most talented songwriters to work with, if not, the best. For such a young girl, she's so creative and spot-on. She knows the audience, she truly understands the kind of pop music that is from the heart and done in a tasteful way. She knows ways to make things pop and also make you feel it at the same time. We wrote a bunch of songs together and it was a lot of fun."
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"You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home" is used as the closing number of Hannah Montana: The Movie. In the film, Cyrus performs as popstar Hannah Montana onstage at an outdoor fundraiser to save her hometown's treasured park from developers. More than 2,000 extras were used to film the scene.[1]

Critical reception

The song received positive reviews from critics. Simon Weaving of Screenwize.com said the film's conflicts are "mostly expressed in the simple, sugared lyrics of a series of pop hits that seamlessly find their way into the story– including 'The Best of Both Worlds' and 'You’ll Always Find a Way Back Home'."[2] James Plath of Dvdtown.com described the song as being "integrated pretty well into the narrative".[3] Peter Canavese of Grouncho Reviews said "the story makes way for [...] 'You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home'", which would attract "the film's target audience of pre-teen girls".[4] Warren of Truitt of About.com listed the song as the third best song by Hannah Montana. The song was included on the short list for Best Original Song at the 82nd Academy Awards.[5]

Chart performance

The song made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 at number eighty-seven on the week ending April 11, 2009.[6][7] "You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home" fell one spot to number eighty-eight in the following week,[8] but on the week ending May 2, 2009 it reached its peak on the Hot 100 at number eighty-one due to digital downloads that placed it at number fifty-two on Hot Digital Songs.[9] In the Canadian Hot 100, "You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home" debuted at eighty-eight on the week ending April 11, 2009 and reached its peak at number seventy-six on the week ending May 2, 2009.[7][9]

Music video

A promotional music video for "You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home" was filmed in correlation to the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack.[10] The video, part of a series of promotional videos titled The Miley Sessions, was released in March 2009 on Disney.com and features Cyrus singing in a vacant recording studio.

An excerpt from Hannah Montana: The Movie premiered as the song's music video in August 2009 on Disney Channel to promote the home release of the film. The video begins with Cyrus and her backup dancers atop a stage in a crowded outdoor concert. Cyrus is dressed as Hannah Montana and is wearing a business suit. As Cyrus begins singing, she and the dancers engage in intricate choreography. The video then transitions to a clip from Hannah Montana: The Movie in which Cyrus' character is getting down from a private airplane. The video continues to alternate between Cyrus performing and more film clips; scenes include Stewart taking off her Hannah Montana wig and interacting with Travis Body, her love interest in the film, portrayed by actor Lucas Till. Midway through the video, Cyrus and her dancers exit the stage through a back door and instantly enter sporting western clothing with Cyrus in a western teal button up shirt, a checkered red and white table cloth with purple ruffles pettiskirt or a petticoat, and cowboy boots.

Charts

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Canadian Hot 100[9] 76
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 81

Lyrics

You wake up. It's raining and it's Monday
Looks like one of those rough days
Time's up!
You're late again so get out the door (get out the door)

Sometimes you feel like runnin'
Find a whole new life and jump in
Let go, get up and hit the dance floor

But when the lights go down, it's the ending of the show!
And you're feeling like you got nowhere to go
Don't you know?

You can change your hair
And you can change your clothes
You can change your mind
That's just the way it goes
You can say goodbye and you can say hello
But you'll always find your way back home

You can change your style
You can change your jeans
You can learn to fly
And you can chase your dreams
You can laugh and cry
But everybody knows
You'll always find your way back home

Your best friends
Your little hometown
Waiting up wherever you go now
You know that you can't always turn around (turn around)

'Cause this world is big and it's crazy (it's crazy)
And this girl is thinking that maybe
This life is what some people dream about (dream about)

'Cause when I'm feeling down and I'm all alone
I always got a place where I can go
'Cause I know

You can change your hair
And you can change your clothes
You can change your mind
That's just the way it goes
You can say goodbye and you can say hello
But you'll always find your way back home

You can change your style
You can change your jeans
You can learn to fly
And you can chase your dreams
You can laugh and cry
But everybody knows
You'll always find your way back home

Yeah they know exactly who you are (back home)
Where the real you is a superstar (back home)
You know it's never too far away

You can change your hair
You can change your clothes
You can change your mind
That's just the way it goes
You can say goodbye and you can say hello
But you'll always find your way back

You can change your hair
And you can change your clothes
You can change your mind
That's just the way it goes
You can say goodbye and you can say hello
But you'll always find your way back home

You can change your style
And you can change your jeans
You can learn to fly
And you can chase your dreams
You can laugh and cry
But everybody knows
You'll always find your way back home

You'll always find your way back home
You'll always find your way back home
You'll always find your way back home
You'll always find your way back home

You'll always
You'll always find your way
You'll always find your way (back home) back home

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hannah Montana The Movie Production Notes VisualHollywood.com Archived from the original on November 18, 2009. Retrieved on October 16, 2009.
  2. Weaving, Simon. Review of "Hannah Montana: the Movie" ScreenWize.com Archived from the original on July 12, 2009. Retrieved on November 28, 2009.
  3. Plath, James (August 22, 2009). Hannah Montana: The Movie (Blu-ray) DVDTown.com Archived from the original on August 26, 2009. Retrieved on November 28, 2009.
  4. Canavese, Peter. "Hannah Montana: The Movie". Grouncho Reviews Retrieved on November 28, 2009.
  5. Kilday, Gregg (December 16, 2009). "Academy unveils original song candidates". Trade Entertainment Retrieved on December 19, 2009.
  6. Ben-Yehuda, Ayala (April 2, 2009). "Lady GaGa Scores Hot 100 Milestone With 'Poker Face'". Nielsen Business Media, Inc Retrieved on November 27, 2009.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Hannah Montana – You'll Always Find Your Way back Home – Music Charts". aCharts.us Retrieved on November 27, 2006.
  8. Trust, Gary (April 16, 2009). Chart Beat: Rascal Flatts, Miley Cyrus, Eminem, Jason Mraz Nielsen Business Media, Inc Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved on November 27, 2009.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 "You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home". Nielsen Business Media, Inc Retrieved on November 27, 2009.
  10. You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home (The Miley Sessions) Yahoo! Music Archived from the original on May 30, 2009. Retrieved on November 27, 2009.


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Miley Stewart/Hannah MontanaRobby Ray StewartJackson StewartLilly Truscott/Lola LuftnagleOliver OkenRico SuaveJake RyanRoxy RokerAmber AddisonAshley Dewitt • Traci van Horn • Cooper Montgomery • Albert Dontzig • Susan Stewart • SienaJesse • 'Mamaw' Ruthie Ray Stewart • "Bubba" Joe Stewart • Grandma Ruby • Aunt Dolly • Uncle Earl • Aunt Pearl • Luann Stewart • Bobby Ray Stewart • Kenneth "Ken" Truscott • Heather Truscott • Taylor SwiftOswald GrangerAlbert EinsteinHenrietta LaverneLucindaJohn CenaThorJoannie PalumboMr. CorelliJoshMikayla
Episodes
Season One: "Lilly, Do You Want to Know a Secret?" • "Miley Get Your Gum" • "She's a Super Sneak" • "I Can't Make You Love Hannah if You Don't" • "It's My Party, and I'll Lie if I Want To" • "Grandmas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Play Favorites" • "It's a Mannequin's World" • "Mascot Love" • "Ooh, Ooh, Itchy Woman" • "O Say, Can You Remember the Words" • "Oops! I Meddled Again!" • "On the Road Again?" • "You're So Vain, You Probably Think This Zit is About You" • "New Kid in School" • "More Than a Zombie to Me" • "Good Golly, Miss Dolly" • "Torn Between Two Hannahs"• "People Who Use People" • "Money for Nothing, Guilt for Free" • "Debt it Be" • "My Boyfriend's Jackson and There's Gonna Be Trouble" • "We Are Family, Now Get Me Some Water!" • "Schooly Bully" • "The Idol Side of Me" • "Smells Like Teen Sellout" • Bad Moose Rising"
Season Two: "Me and Rico Down by the Schoolyard" • "Cuffs Will Keep Us Together" • "You Are So Sue-able to Me" • "Get Down, Study-udy-udy" • "I Am Hannah, Hear Me Croak" • "You Gotta Not Fight for Your Right to Party" • "My Best Friend's Boyfriend" • "Take This Job and Love It" • "Achy Jakey Heart" • "Sleepwalk This Way" • "When You Wish You Were the Star" • "I Want You to Want Me... to Go to Florida" • "Everybody Was Best-Friend Fighting" • "Song Sung Bad" • "Me and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas" • "Don't Stop 'Til You Get the Phone" • "That's What Friends Are For?" • "Lilly's Mom Has Got it Goin' On" • "I Will Always Loathe You" • "Bye Bye Ball" • "(We're So Sorry) Uncle Earl" • "The Way We Almost Weren't" • "You Didn't Say it Was Your Birthday" • "Hannah in the Streets with Diamonds" • "Yet Another Side of Me" • "The Test of My Love" • "Joannie B. Goode" • "We're All on This Date Together"
Season Three: "He Ain't a Hottie, He's My Brother" • "Ready, Set, Don't Drive" • "Don't Go Breaking My Tooth" • "You Never Give Me My Money" • "Killing Me Softly with His Height" • "Would I Lie to You, Lilly?" • "You Gotta Lose That Job" • "Welcome to the Bungle" • "Papa's Got a Brand New Friend" • "Cheat It" • "Knock Knock Knockin' on Jackson's Head" • "You Give Lunch a Bad Name" • "What I Don't Like About You" • "Promma Mia" • "Once, Twice, Three Times Afraidy" • "Jake... Another Little Piece of My Heart" • "Miley Hurt the Feelings of the Radio Star" • "He Could Be the One" • "Super(stitious) Girl" • "I Honestly Love You (No, Not You)" • "For (Give) a Little Bit" • "B-B-B-Bad to the Chrome" • "Uptight (Oliver's Alright)" • "Judge Me Tender" • "Can't Get Home to You Girl" • "Come Fail Away" • "Got to Get Her Out of My House" • "The Wheel Near My Bed (Keeps on Turnin')" • "Miley Says Goodbye?"
Season Four: "Sweet Home Hannah Montana" • "Hannah Montana to the Principal's Office" • "California Screamin'" • "De-Do-Do-Do, Da-Don't-Don't, Don't, Tell My Secret" • "It's the End of the Jake as We Know It" • "Been Here All Along" • "Love That Lets Go" • "Hannah's Gonna Get This" • "I'll Always Remember You" • "Can You See the Real Me?" • "Kiss it All Goodbye" • "I Am Mamaw, Hear Me Roar!" • "Wherever I Go"
Songs
Season One: The Best of Both WorldsWho SaidJust Like YouPumpin' Up the PartyIf We Were a MovieI Got NerveThe Other Side of MeThis is the LifeI Learned from You
Season Two: We Got the PartyNobody's PerfectMake Some NoiseRock StarOld Blue JeansLife's What You Make ItOne in a MillionBigger Than UsYou and Me TogetherTrue Friend
Movie: You'll Always Find Your Way Back HomeLet's Get CrazyThe Good LifeDon't Walk AwayHoedown ThrowdownDreamThe ClimbButterfly Fly AwayCrazierLet's Do ThisSpotlightWhat's Not to LikeThe Best of Both Worlds: The 2009 Movie Mix
Season Three: It's All Right HereLet's Do ThisMixed UpHe Could Be the OneJust a GirlI Wanna Know YouSupergirlEvery Part of MeIce Cream Freeze (Let's Chill)Don't Wanna Be TornLet's Get CrazyLet's Make This Last 4EverIf We Were a Movie (duet)
Season Four: Gonna Get ThisQue SeraOrdinary GirlKiss It GoodbyeI'll Always Remember YouNeed a Little LoveAre You ReadyLove That Lets GoI'm Still GoodBeen Here All AlongBarefoot CinderellaWherever I Go
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