As part of “Austin City Limits” 43rd season, Miranda Lambert stopped by the show Friday Nov. 3 for an hour-long performance of her hits.
The 33-year-old delivered a dynamic performance of 13 of her songs, including “Vice,” “Automatic,” “The House That Built Me” “We Should Be Friends” and the show highlight, an acoustic version of “Tin Man.” Between each performance Miranda told personal stories behind the songs.
“Tin Man,” featured on the Texas native’s Platinum certified double album, The Weight of These Wings, is a note to the Tin Man, who in the movie “The Wizard of Oz ” longed for a heart, explaining that he’s lucky he doesn’t have one so he wouldn’t have to experience the pain of heart break as she did and all that comes along with it.
“Hey there, Mr. Tin Man/ You don’t know how lucky you are / You shouldn’t spend your whole life wishin’ / For something bound to fall apart / Every time you’re feeling empty / Better thank your lucky stars / If you ever felt one breakin’ / You’d never want a heart.”
“I wrote this song with two of my best friends that are from Texas as well, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall,” said Miranda from the stage. “I think we all needed to write this song. At the time that we wrote it, we all sort of took equal parts in each other’s pain and put it down on paper and on a record, so I recorded it but I wanted to do it by myself because I feel like that’s where it starts—with a song and a guitar and a person and a girl and some emotions, so I’m going to leave it there tonight.”
The six-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year winner, leads the pack at the 51st Annual CMA Awards with 5 nominations, including Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for The Weight of These Wings. Tune in to the show on Nov. 8, when it airs live on ABC at 8p.m. ET, to see who wins.