Over the course of country music history, the genre has had its fair share of female empowerment songs. Loretta Lynn rocked the world with “The Pill” and Jeanie C. Riley set everyone straight with “Harper Valley P.T.A.” Over the past decade, Miranda Lambert has taken the torch passed on from these wonderful women and combined it with her kick butt, don’t take no crap attitude.
4 Lessons from Miranda Lambert on Being a Strong Woman:
1. His Fist is Big But My Gun’s Bigger
When you’re pushed into a corner with the odds stacked against you, level the playing field. Just to be clear, we’re not endorsing murder here.
In “Gunpowder and Lead” the literal story is of a woman who has been beaten by man and she takes matters into her own hands and waits for his arrival with a shotgun. Metaphorically, Miranda is telling us not to take any mistreatment. Stand up for yourselves and, as my Daddy always says, all you need to do is cock the shotgun and people will run.
2. I Don’t Have to Be Hateful, I Can Just Say Bless Your Heart
Many times in life, we receive a perfectly worded invitation to a fight. Miranda reminds us we don’t have to attend those in her song “Only Prettier.” We can have differences of opinions without causing a ruckus. We’re all the same, except that we’re better than anyone who tries to bring us down.
3. Behind Every Woman Scorned is a Man Who Made Her That Way
Women as a gender are often thought of as nurturers who are willing to take care of everyone in their lives. “Baggage Claim” isn’t just a fun play on words, it’s a song that reminds us that if someone takes advantage of that generosity, you can tell ’em to buzz off. Helping people, or men, is fine but when it becomes detrimental to ones self, it’s time to have that person carry their own baggage.
4. I Bet He’d Understand a Heart Like Mine
Be yourself. That’s the best message any woman can hear. “Heart Like Mine” is look at all the things the narrator does that people don’t approve of, for whatever reason. It’s a look at the vices that we all have, whether or not they’re mentioned in the lyrics, and the response we should all have to the judgments of others: who cares! You have issues and so do they, so if anyone gives you a hard time for being yourself, just start quoting this ditty.
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