Miranda Lambert – “Heart Like Mine”

C.M. Wilcox | January 10th, 2011

Miranda LambertSongwriters: Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Travis Howard

Miranda Lambert is good enough that even her lesser tracks beat most of the competition.

That’s basically the story of “Heart Like Mine,” the fifth single from Revolution. Of the eleven songs remaining on the collection, this was just about the safest choice that could have been made for radio release – only “Love Song” (written and sung with the Antebellum boys) seems aimed more directly at the humdrum sensibilities of most station programmers.

As subversive as it isn’t, “Heart Like Mine” is a smart pick for a single, with a sound that’s unlikely to encounter much friction on its way up the charts and enough lyrical substance to keep critics and attentive listeners happy.

Lambert and her cowriters (Ashley Monroe and fellow Nashville Star season 1 alum Travis Howard) manage to flesh the verses out with some nice, character-defining detail, beginning with “I ain’t the kind you take home to mama/I ain’t the kind to wear no ring.” In a lesser song, it wouldn’t get much better than that. Here, the detail only gets more incisive as the song proceeds: “My brother got the brains of the family/So I thought I’d learn to sing,” sings Lambert in a later verse.

In the choruses, she affirms that although she’s a hell-raising, tattooed, music-making rambler who smokes and drinks, she’s sure Jesus has her back. This, without sounding too proud of the recklessness, preachy about Jesus, or certain she has all the answers one way or the other.

Humility. There’s a lot of humility here.

To Lambert’s credit, she’s figuring out how to convincingly write (and sing) the same basic character – the no-nonsense wild child with a soft but decidedly ungooey inside – in ways that no longer have to involve actually stomping out her aggression as she did on “Kerosene” and “Gunpowder and Lead.” She’s gaining some confidence and subtlety as she goes, incorporating more of her spunk into all of her songs, not just the head-bangers. Unlike early singles “Me and Charlie Talking” and “Bring Me Down,” which could have been recorded by anyone, “Heart Like Mine” is uniquely Miranda.

In fact, if this single proves anything, it’s that Lambert is sufficiently comfortable in her skin that even her relative throwaways are now infused with her own distinctive personality. Which makes them, in view of the largely characterless radio climate in which she’s functioning, hardly disposable at all.

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Listen: Miranda Lambert – “Heart Like Mine”

  1. Thomas
    January 10, 2011 at 8:23 am

    …where had i heard this song before? of course, martina mcbride’s “cry on the shoulder of the road” and the latest release of miranda lambert share one or the other key. good song by miranda, although martina might wonder, whether she had a drink too many, when she hears this one on the radio.

  2. Ben Foster
    January 10, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Thomas, it probably wouldn’t be the first time Martina screams “DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?!” at her radio dial.

    As for the song, it’s not one of my favorite Miranda songs, but it’s growing on me. I agree that it’s one of Miranda’s lesser songs, but the review does highlight a few definite positive qualities.

  3. Katherine
    January 10, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I love pretty much anything Miranda sings… another lyric highlight:

    “My Daddy cried when he saw my tattoo/said he loved me anyway”

  4. Nicolas
    January 10, 2011 at 11:47 am

    This was my standout favorite song on the album when I first got it, aside from “White Liar” and “THTBM,” so I’m really ecstatic that its been released as the fifth single now. I think this will be Miranda’s second #1 Billboard hit.

  5. Amanda
    January 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Really disappointed that “Heart Like Mine” is the next single, to be honest. This and “Love Song” are the only two tracks on the album that I skip over every single time. Funnily enough, they appear to be two of Miranda’s favorites.

    Usually when a song doesn’t do anything for me lyrically, I can appreciate it if it’s at least sonically interesting…but “Heart Like Mine” doesn’t even have that going for it, in my opinion. Though I suppose you’re right that this was the safest choice for a single this late in the game. I would have preferred “Airstream Song”, but I imagine that it’s too short for radio play (since the intro would have more than likely been cut).

  6. Fizz
    January 10, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Why play it safe? They’ve already wrung four hits out of the album, what would they have to lose by releasing something less predictable and pedestrian as a single. Seems like now would be the time to go for it and throw it out there.

    Me, I have a soft spot for “The House That Built Me,” but in general don’t care for her obnoxious, mouth-breather voice on songs like “Only Prettier.”

  7. Brady Vercher
    January 10, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I don’t really see the humility in this one; to me, it comes across as self-centered armchair philosophy.

    And it’s the Christians telling her she shouldn’t smoke? Really?

  8. stormy
    January 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Brady: I come from a pretty hardcore Mormon home town and believe me when I tell you they hate some smoking.

  9. Jon
    January 10, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Hard to believe that an artist might have an opinion of her work that differs from a fan’s, isn’t it?

    Stormy, “hardcore” Mormons have quite a few beliefs, attitudes and practices that lie outside of normative Christian ones, which makes your comment a little irrelevant. Well, ok, almost completely irrelevant.

  10. Noeller
    January 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I’m inclined to agree with the review. It’s a “good” song, only by relative comparison. Miranda’s set the bar pretty high, but for most artists, this would be a major coups. Apparently, this is the track that radio programmers asked for specifically, and that’s why it was released. When it showed up in my inbox at work, it said “here’s the one you wanted…”, which certainly doesn’t apply to me, specifically, but I suppose there were others who loved it.

  11. Fizz
    January 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Jon sez: Hard to believe that an artist might have an opinion of her work that differs from a fan’s, isn’t it?

    <—-Only you, Captain Obvious, would feel the need to articulate that which most everybody seems to accept as a given.

  12. Jon
    January 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    On the contrary, Fizz, people regularly express varying degrees of dismay and confusion – “I don’t understand how so-and-so could such-and-such” – when artists whom they like do things they don’t like, whether it’s release a different single than the one the fan thinks ought to be released, write a song the fan doesn’t like, record a song the fan doesn’t like, appear with another artist whom the fan dislikes, expresses admiration for another artist whom the fan dislikes, expresses dislike for another artist whom the fan admires, etc., etc., etc. Regularly.

  13. Keith
    January 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Jon, why do you get your kicks out of being a douche bag to everybody?

  14. Christina
    January 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I LOVE YOU MIRANDA LAMBERT. People are so hard on female artists. I think EVERYTHING she does is fantastic. It seems real and she tells a story. Her songs mean a lot to her. You can see that. I think she is a talented women and she is DEFINETLY the BEST FEMALE IN COUNTRY MUSIC RIGHT NOW. Be thankful we have her. Taylor Swift and carrie underwood are fake blonde divas. I’m glad there is a women like Miranda representing us females. I hope she keeps doing what she is doing and NEVER changes. I love Heart like Mine and I love Miranda Lambert.

  15. stormy
    January 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Jon: What exactly did Waylon tell you about his reasons for recording the song? Or are you just subscribing your own motives to his recording as well?

  16. stormy
    January 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Jon: How do you know that the Christians Miranda is referecing aren’t Mormon?

  17. Fizz
    January 10, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Jon: Yes, they do. So what? Why is it always necessary for you to put us lowly fans back in our place? The vast majority of us realize we’re “only” fans, we don’t need Professor Jon to remind us every time we have an opinion that it doesn’t count.

  18. Jilly
    January 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    It’s not my favorite Miranda song, but love Miranda Lambert/ Travis Howard writing. Maybe she will turn it over to she and Blake’s bud Laura Bell Bundy to make a video. Did she not save “only prettier” with that video, also appeared in it. Beautiful girl!!

  19. Ben Foster
    January 10, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Jon, I have only the highest respect for your opinions and substantial knowledge of country music. But when commenters belittle one another, and deem other people’s comments “irrelevant,” it really takes a lot of the enjoyment out of these discussions. Tact, diplomacy, and respect for the opinions of others are things that I always appreciate.

  20. Robin
    January 10, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I like the song and I think it will be a #1, if not a top 5. Wish she would have released “Me and your Cigarettes” instead.

  21. Jon
    January 10, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Look, Fizz, when someone says “I don’t like that song,” or “I think that’s a bad song” or “I skip over that song every time I play that album,” that’s expressing an opinion, and I think you’d be hard-pressed to find an instance where I’ve ever argued with or criticized someone for doing that. You completely missed the point, which is about expecting that because you like an artist, therefore that artist’s tastes and perceptions are going to be the same as yours. Such expectations are unrealistic, which makes dismay and confusion likely outcomes, and just as importantly, they’re unnecessary. So why not resist them?

    @Stormy I think that as an accomplished songwriter, Miranda Lambert is accustomed to and skilled at using the words she wants to use to mean what she wants to mean. And therefore, if she’d wanted to say “Mormons” or wanted to mean “Mormons,” she would have said “Mormons.” Which she didn’t. There’s no good reason for you to have dragged the Smithites into the conversation in the first place.

    Also, for some reason you posted a comment about Waylon Jennings in the wrong thread; nevertheless, I’ll answer it here, and here is my answer: I said nothing about Waylon Jennings’ motives for revisiting “Macarthur Park.” I merely noted that he did revisit it at a time when he was in control of what he recorded and how he recorded it. This suggests that he did not consider it a stupid song, and it very, very, very strongly suggests that he was not against recording it. It does not prove with certainty that he did not consider it a stupid song, but I don’t think it’s unfair to say that, given that he did revisit it at a time when he was in control of what he recorded and how he recorded it, the burden of proof now falls on those asserting that he *did* think it was a stupid song.

    And by the way, I don’t like that song. At all.

  22. Leeann Ward
    January 10, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    So, I guess Jon gets to say whether or not I’m a Christian?

  23. Stormy
    January 10, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Jon: Newsflash: Mormons ARE Christians. She didn’t say Episcopalians either, she didn’t say Quakers or Mennonites or Christian Scientists. Probably because Christian denominations are very difficult to rhyme.

  24. Jon
    January 10, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    @LeeAnn. Whoa, where’d that come from? What I wrote was:

    Stormy, “hardcore” Mormons have quite a few beliefs, attitudes and practices that lie outside of normative Christian ones…

    I don’t think that says anything about who is or isn’t a Christian. The point is that Stormy’s putative childhood experience with putative hardcore Mormons doesn’t really do anything to answer Brady’s question or address the point it seems meant to raise. It’s just another dispatch from Planet Stormy.

  25. Leeann Ward
    January 10, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    It was that comment, but more the “Smithites” that got me. That’s not exactly “Mormon friendly” language. I’d give you the Ignorant Pass on that, but I know you choose your words very carefully, so I can only assume you knew that already. I’m sorry if I got defensive too fast though. I don’t plan to turn this into a religion discussion.

  26. Rick
    January 10, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    I’m just glad to see Ashley Monroe earning a few bucks off this song. Ashley was being interviewed by Suzanne Alexander at Fan Fair a couple of years ago (by the Riverfront Stage) and said how her close pal Miranda liked to trade clothing with her! Ashley related how she lent Miranda a favorite coat and kind of forgot about it until she saw a picture of Miranda wearing it! (lol) I’m all for Ashley penned songs an co-writes on any big selling artist’s albums. Go Ashley!

    As for this song, its OK. I’m just not a “Ran Fan” due mostly to the production values on her big label albums. When she goes acoustic though this gal kicks some serious Texas ass!

  27. Rick
    January 10, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    And oh yeah, this religion stuff is getting completely out of hand!

    By the way Stormy, what do you think of the HBO series “Big Love”?…(lol)

  28. Fizz
    January 10, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    That’s my point exactly, Jon: when has anybody said they expect an artist’s tastes or opinions to be like their own? And if they do, so what? What skin is it taking off YOUR ass? I’ll tell you what’s unrealistic and unnecessary: you trying to tell everybody what counts as a valid opinion that they might be allowed to espouse. Why not resist THAT temptation?

  29. Jon
    January 10, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    @LeeAnn. Actually, I’ll take that Ignorant Pass with respect to “Smithite” and apologize, if that’s ok.

    What I think Brady wanted to point out is that there really isn’t a normative Christian view of smoking, and I think he’s right to suggest it’s kind of a head-scratching line. Stormy’s response wouldn’t have really addressed that, even if she’d claimed to have grown up around more normative Christians, but the fact that she chose “hardcore Mormons” for her response made it more bizarre and irrelevant still.

  30. Jon
    January 10, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Dude, why do people comment on anything here? It’s a discussion; I don’t tell people what to say, I just say what I think about what they say. That’s how it works.

  31. Stormy
    January 10, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    What I think Brady wanted to point out is that there really isn’t a normative Christian view of smoking

    I can think of a lot of Christians who is applies to–I would imagine Miranda grew up around a lot of Southern Baptists and they certainly find smoking a no-no.

  32. Dr. No
    January 10, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Jon said:
    @Stormy I think that as an accomplished songwriter, Miranda Lambert is accustomed to and skilled at using the words she wants to use to mean what she wants to mean. And therefore, if she’d wanted to say “Mormons” or wanted to mean “Mormons,” she would have said “Mormons.” Which she didn’t. There’s no good reason for you to have dragged the Smithites into the conversation in the first place.

    Do you sit in on Miranda’s writing sessions? NO! So how can you speak on behalf of the artist and said that Miranda “is accustomed to and skilled at using the words she wants to use to mean what she wants to mean?!?”

  33. Katie
    January 10, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    I love the message of this song. That message is “don’t sweat the small stuff.” All this arguing over one little line is comedy to me.

  34. Leeann Ward
    January 10, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Jon, I wasn’t expecting that. Thank you.

  35. Jon
    January 10, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    @Stormy Apparently you don’t know what “normative” means. Did you know, by the way, that rates of smoking are generally higher in “Bible Belt” states than in the US as a whole?

    @Dr. No Lamberthas written a considerable number of songs over the years that she has chosen to record – songs that have enjoyed both critical acclaim and widespread popularity, and that she has expressed satisfaction with and sometimes pride in. What reason do you have to think that she is unaccustomed to writing or unable to write the songs she wants to write in the way she wants to write them?

  36. stormy
    January 11, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Jon: No, but in exchange for the word normative I have a basic knowledge of Christians and various Christian demoninations. The later is much more useful when it comes to understanding Miranda’s song.

  37. Jon
    January 11, 2011 at 7:51 am

    @Stormy. What you call “basic” is manifestly insufficient.

  38. stormy
    January 11, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Actually, it is quite sufficent to tell me that there are a number of religions which disapprove of smoking, particularly for women.

  39. Jon
    January 11, 2011 at 8:50 am

    And yet that contributes nothing to a discussion of Brady’s comment. Ah, well, I see you’re once again headed for Planet Stormy. Bon voyage!

  40. stormy
    January 11, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Jon: How does my pointing to religions which disapprove of smoking not directly relate back to Brady’s comments?

  41. Brady Vercher
    January 11, 2011 at 10:44 am

    As has been hashed out, there isn’t a standardized view amongst Christians regarding smoking, which makes the charge against them as a group odd, but to suggest that concern about her smoking habit derives solely from their religious beliefs seems misguided. There’s mountains of evidence against smoking for any caring individual to express concern.

  42. stormy
    January 11, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Or it could just be what she encountered.

  43. stormy
    January 11, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Alternately, she could mean “Christian folks” as in nice or kind folks. Such as, “We told her smoking was bad for her healt because it was the Christian thing to do.”

  44. Trish
    January 11, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Thank God for any religion that is against smoking.

    Smoking is one of the greatest causes of death in this world. Most know someone who has been affected by lung cancer. It also causes all of us to pay much more for our own health care.

    Any management personnel that run tobacco companies should be locked up and pit away for murder!

  45. Fizz
    January 11, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Trish: but then again, in this day and age, who DOESN’T know smoking is harmful. You don’t need a Bible to tell you that. Smokers know it, but do it anyway.

  46. Erica
    January 11, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Why didn’t she release Me And Your Cigarettes? She was sitting on a pot of gold with that one and let it slip away.

  47. Fizz
    January 11, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Another smoking song …

  48. Chickette
    January 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I don’t like to listen to any song that references smoking.

  49. Fizz
    January 11, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Does it feel like you’re putting an ashtray up to your ear?

  50. stormy
    January 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Chickette: Country Music may not be your genre.

  51. Chickette
    January 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    There are plenty of non-smoking country songs, Stormy.

  52. Ben Foster
    January 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    While I still wouldn’t be caught dead with a cigarette in my mouth, I generally find smoking references to be neither an automatic turn-on nor a turn-off. Just depends on the song, though “Smoke a Little Smoke” wasn’t quite my cup of tea.

  53. Fizz
    January 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Might be a good topic for a future Friday Five: Smokin’ Country.

  54. Michelle
    January 11, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    FIRE IT UP! I like the song and the lyrics are fine. I totally get it, but I know quite a few Christians that like to tell me I’m going to hell for this and that. I think people should mind their own business! I can tell Miranda had a hand in writing this one, because she said in an interview, quite awhile back, that her dad about had a cow when he saw her tat and her brother got the brains. I like most every song about smoking and I don’t smoke AND I love most any song about rain, but I hate “Rain Is A Good Thing,” it’s too corny! When I saw Eric Church open for Miranda I was in shock. I thought I was at a rock concert, until he walked out on stage. I love “Smoke A Little Smoke.” My mom loves it and she’s never had anything on fire between her lips!

  55. Fizz
    January 12, 2011 at 9:18 am

    “My mom loves it,and she’s never had anything on fire between her lips.”

    <—-No … no … no … you must resist … you must resist …

  56. Jessica
    January 12, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I love pretty much anything Miranda sings. I thought I have heard all of her songs but I guess I missed this one.

  57. Ron
    January 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Another pop song from Trashvilles current “it” girl,and yet another Country blog passing it off as country..Sickening

  58. Barry Mazor
    January 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Ron, nobody here knew that all music was supposed to be run by you to pass the Country Test, because–whoever you may be–a) you know. and b) you can make really terribly clever jokes about the name “Nashville.”

    Now go take something for that stomach; we’re worried about you.

  59. RanFan1987
    January 13, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I love it.

  60. DAN
    January 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I really like “Heart Like Mine” and can’t wait to start hearing it on the radio, but I also would’ve been just as happy to see “Love Song,” “Me and Your Cigarettes,” or “Time to Get a Gun” released instead. Also, no one seems to be paying any attention to this one, but I think “Sin for a Sin” is an awesome song and would’ve been a great choice as well.

  61. not saying
    January 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    she doesn’t even smoke she just sings about it, read interviews by her and learn the meanings behind her songs before you think this song doesnt deserve to be a single

  62. Carolyn
    February 8, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Jon is a masterful troll. I applaud your skills sir.

  63. WAYNOE (pseudonym)
    February 8, 2011 at 8:05 am

    @Carolyn, Some have all the time in the world to do such things.

  64. whm3223
    February 21, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    To those who have not yet seen this video, I bestow it upon thee http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCbTICNAwxM

  65. Roger
    February 23, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I am a husband, father, grandfather and semi-retired pastor pushing age 70. I am also an alcoholic, sober for over twelve years but very aware of how my addiction weakened me physically, spiritually and emotionally to the point where I accomplished much less than hoped for in any of my callings.

    A young country singer makes me reconsider my approach to faith, life and preaching. Listening to her songs, I am learning to use my experience as a forgiven sinner to help others understand what hurting and being hurt, forgiving and being forgiven, being addicted and being freed from it, are all about. The singer’s name is Miranda Lambert.

    Miranda’s songs challenge me intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. Several of them, such as “Heart Like Mine,” “White Liar” and “Sin for a Sin” on her album REVOLUTION, should be studied in any seminary or other school which prepares men and women to minister to today’s young people.

    Miranda sings tough-girl songs and her theology (for it is indeed theology although Miranda probably wouldn’t call it that) is tough as well. “I ain’t the kind you take home to mama, I ain’t the kind to wear no ring,” “Here’s a bombshell just for you, Turns out that I’ve been lying too” and “I need to repent a sin for a sin,” Miranda confesses as she sings, respectively, the three songs mentioned above.

    At the end of “Heart Like Mine,” Miranda reminds us of something we wishy-washy sinners often forget. She reminds us that Jesus was tough, too. He hung out with sinners like the one Miranda portrays in her songs. “Jesus, He drank wine. And I bet we’d get along just fine. He could calm a storm and heal the blind. And I bet He’d understand a heart like mine.”

    Miranda trusts that “I’ll fly away from it all one day. I’ll fly away. These are the days that I will remember when my name’s called on the roll. He’ll meet me with two long-stemmed glasses and make a toast to me coming home.” Sounds like the son who loses his toughness along with his money and comes home to a banquet put on by his father in his honor in the most famous story that Jesus ever told (Luke 15:11-32).

    What a warm welcome Jesus will give Miranda because he knows her and loves her! She doesn’t need to apologize to Jesus as she had to apologize when she revisited her childhood home, “The House That Built Me,” with all its memories. “Ma’am,” she had to say to the house’s new owner then, “I know you don’t know me from Adam, but . . .” She won’t have to say that to Jesus. He knows her from Adam.

    “Heart Like Mine” reminds me of the old man who can see God’s face at the end of his suffering in Carrie Underwood’s “Temporary Home.” But that’s another side of God, the tender side, the Father. Just as true, but different. Miranda sings about Jesus the Son, tough enough to endure a cross. Carrie and Miranda give us two images of the heavenly welcome home. Is either of them (which one?) “only prettier” than the other?

    Jesus drank wine just like the lover in the Biblical Song of Songs, the lover whom Jews consider a symbol of God and Christians consider a symbol of Jesus. The lover welcomes his beloved into his garden with wine and sings, “I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride; I have gathered my myrrh with my spice. I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey; I have drunk my wine and my milk. (Song of Songs 5:1)

    Didn’t Jesus promise to drink wine with his friends in Heaven? At the Last Supper he took a cup of wine, gave thanks to His Father and gave it to his friends, saying “I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom” (Matthew 26:29)?

    Christian theologians have spilled a lot of ink trying to develop a theology of marriage that covers all of its spiritual and emotional aspects. Miranda covers the subject in a song as she creates a wonderful exchange of vows:

    Minister: “Blake, If you come in one morning and find Miranda standing there cryin’ in the kitchen, will you wrap your arms around her so that she doesn’t even have to say a thing?”

    Blake: “I will.”

    Minister: “Miranda, if Blake comes in, slams the door behind him and can’t hide the worry on his face, even though you’ve got a million things to tell him, will you accept that right now he just needs some space?”

    Miranda: “I will.”

    Minister: “That’s what makes it love. That’s what makes it a love song. Everybody always sings about it. Now you’re never gonna live without it. You don’t even have to talk about it ’cause you’re living it out. And because you have promised to live it out, I now pronounce you husband and wife.”

    Until now I have perhaps made it seem that Miranda’s songs relate only to an individual’s emotions and personal relationships with Jesus and with other individuals. And it’s true that Miranda sings about one’s personal addiction to things and to people who make one feel good (“Me and Your Cigarettes”), about individual pain (“Maintain the Pain”), about protecting oneself against personal attacks (“Time to Get a Gun”), and about one’s desire not to be tied down (“Airstream Song”).

    But the final song brings to light the community and ecological dimensions of any genuine faith. Jesus loved to compare heaven to growing things like a tiny mustard seed which grew into a tree so large that the birds could make a home in it. If Jesus had lived in America, he might have compared heaven to the tiny Virginia bluebell, which only requires that we give it “a sunny place to grow.”

    “Pretty little thing, sometimes you gotta look up and let the world see all the beauty that you’re made of. . . . Even through a stone a flower can bloom. . . . Put a little light in the darkest places. Put a little smile on the saddest faces.” It sounds like Jesus telling His followers not only that He is the light of the world (John 8:12 and 9:15) but also that “You are the light of the World. Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16)

    The light of the world shines from a tiny flower and from the most insignificant people. The greatest and biggest thoughts are expressed in the tiniest images. Otherwise, how could we ever grasp them?

    I’ll end with a note of whimsy which strikes me whenever I hear the refrain of “Only Prettier:” “So let’s shake hands and reach across those party lines. You’ve got your friends just like I’ve got mine. We might think a little differently, but we’ve got a lot in common you will see. We’re just like you, only prettier.” I always imagine Sarah Palin singing those words to Nancy Pelosi or perhaps vice versa. They and their friends might actually accomplish something worthwhile for humankind and for God if they did in fact “Shake hands and reach across those party lines.” Too much to hope for?

    I hope Miranda continues to enjoy challenging us theologians with her songs. She does it so well.

  66. John
    February 24, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    This is a dull, run-of-the-mill average song.

    Miranda is just the latest female artist to chase fame & fortune by releasing a safe, predictable song to radio.

    This song goes against everything that got her to this point.

    The Miranda we all got to know, grow & love would’ve released “Me & Your Cigarettes” instead of keeping it on the shelf.

    Shame on Miranda for selling out.

  67. jada
    March 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    your so amazing but i sound just like you. i am in the fifth grade. i live in knoxville i know you dont read this butit was worth a shot

  68. C.M. Wilcox
    March 28, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I do read it, Jada, and I’m flattered that you sound just like me… even if I do find that somewhat difficult to believe.

    God bless you and Miranda always!!!

  69. Erica
    May 12, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    #1 Smash Hit! The 9513 got it right!


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  • Catwandy: I guess Matt C. is eating his well-deserved crow 'bout now. Critics....gotta love 'em , bless their little hearts.
  • Ed McClendon: Saw the brothers in Greeley CO on the occasion of Tompall's 50th birthday. The show wasn't well promoted and there …
  • Roby Fox: I'm sure no one else will know, or even care about this little tidbit of trivia. "Keep Your Change" was …
  • kate wonders: Roni Stoneman is still on Hee Haw every Sunday night on RFD channel.
  • Marsha Blades: Tommy, You were so kind to me during a tough time in my life and I don't think I ever …
  • Leona Jones: I seen Chris at the Grand Ole Opry last week.. First time I have heard of him.. He rocked the …
  • Sonicjar Music: Agree with Lucas, But one thing is certain, for a song to come to existence, so many things have to …

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