C.S. Lewis, renowned author of “The Chronicles of Narnia”, once said “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal…To love is to be vulnerable.” Love is a magical thing, certainly something we all dream about. But to open yourself up to that rapture is to risk the intense pain of heartbreak, the kind on display in Miranda Lambert’s recent video for “Tin Man.”
“Tin Man” was intended to be the stand-out single on Lambert’s recent two disk album, “The Weight of These Wings.” But good songs have a way of making themselves known. Fans and critics alike praised “Tin Man”, a song rumored to be about Lambert’s split with her ex-husband Blake Shelton, as an unexpected triumph. It is weighty, poignant, and brave, so personal that feel like you are reading Lambert’s private journal.
Lambert recently released an unplugged music video for “Tin Man” that perfectly matches tone of the lyrics. In the video, she is sitting on her bathroom floor, presumably one she used to share, strumming a guitar as her voice echoes off the shower tiles. The video puts us in the place of a friend sitting in the doorway, listening as Lambert pours out her heart.
“You shouldn’t spend you whole life wishin’ for something bound to fall apart,” she sings, this time without the atmospheric keys and backing band. “Take it from me darling, you don’t want a heart.” She wishes she had the Tin Man‘s armor instead of her scars and by the end of the song, even offers her heart in return for the protection.
In a world that asks celebrities to revoke their privacy, Lambert pulls back the curtains and bares her broken heart. It may not be a situation we want to relate to, but it is honest and true. To love is to be vulnerable, and in “Tin Man” that vulnerability is on display.