Relationship revenge is a topic that Miranda Lambert is all too familiar with, but in her newest song, “Way Too Pretty for Prison,” she invites Maren Morris in on the fun.
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Written by Miranda and the hit writing troupe, the Love Junkies—Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose—“Way Too Pretty for Prison” is filled with all of the visuals you might expect if the ladies who lunch were plotting a psychotic murder over chicken salad and chardonnay. Hilarious and tongue-in-cheek (we think), Miranda and Maren punch up the lyrics with Texas-sized attitude, and itchy production takes a bit of the polish off of their nails and pearls.
Thematically much like Brandy Clark’s “Stripes,” the song tells the story of a woman who is tempted to kill her cheating husband, with the help of a friend, but is simply too pretty to go to prison.
“They don’t have rhinestone ball and chain / Lunch trays don’t come with chardonnay / The bars there don’t ain’t got boys to buy us drinks / We’d stick out like two bottle blonds / I must admit it don’t sound fun / For 15 girls to have to share one sink.”
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In a post on her Instagram page, Miranda says that the song was inspired by a “wine night” with Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild. “I always tell my friends, ‘don’t leave if you’ve been drinking, because you’re way too pretty for prison,’” she writes. She also adds that Maren “sang her ass off on it.”
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This song was inspired by a wine night I had with @karenfairchild. I always tell my friends, “don’t leave if you’ve been drinking, because you’re way too pretty for prison,” and the Love Junkies and I turned that into a song. @marenmorris sang her ass off on it. #TexasGirls (preorder / pre-add #Wildcard to hear it. Link in bio)
While the official first single from Wildcard is “It All Comes Out in the Wash,” Miranda has now released four preview tracks: “Locomotive,” “Mess With My Head,” “Bluebird” and “Way Too Pretty for Prison.” The talented singer-songwriter co-wrote all 14 of the songs on the album, which is set to drop November 1.