I’m sure I’ve said it before, but I’ve been a Miranda Lambert fan since I was 11 years old. I can still remember voting for her on Nashville Star from our house landline phone. And now, some 16 years later, she still continues to write the lyrics that say everything I feel.
Revolution is still holding rank as my favorite album. It came out when I was 17 years old and a senior in high school in the middle of nowhere. It’s a place where everyone stays, or if they leave for a little while, they come right back. For some reason, I always felt the urge to leave as soon as I could and I always felt alone in that. When I heard “Airstream Song,” I knew that someone understood how I felt and I needed to follow that urge. So I did and I have ever since.
It’s literally still in my Instagram bio… “Break a heart and roll out of town, ‘cause gypsies never get tied down.”
Fast forward 10 ten years, I’m 27 and still feeling every word of “Airstream Song,” but starting to question it a little bit more. Those lyrics talk about never being satisfied and always being quick to pick up and leave, but now I don’t know if that’s really what I want to do forever. In Miranda-like fashion, she drops a new album and hidden right in the middle is a song that says everything I’ve been thinking.
“Settling Down” was written by Miranda, Luke Dick, and Natalie Hemby. Not surprisingly, “Airstream Song” was written by Miranda and Natalie. I’m convinced that these two are my kindred spirits, because they seem to always write and release exactly what I’m feeling at that very moment in time.
The thing is, I’ve literally been talking about this to my friends lately. I have no interest in being in a relationship, yet I currently have 3 dating apps on my phone that I check regularly. I bought a house because I needed a place to feel like home, but I seem to catch a flight anywhere else every other weekend. I want to do anything and everything all the time, but I have grown to love sitting at home doing nothing. I don’t know which side makes me happier, but it seems to be nearly impossible to do both.
“Be a jet set Friday Or a Sunday hometown girl. I could stay a little lonely, Or I could let you get to know me. Yeah, I could love a picket fence If it wrapped around the world.”
I heard these lyrics in the second verse and I was wrecked. Everything I just described is laid out right here. This song didn’t answer any of these questions for me, but just like “Airstream Song,” it let me know I’m not the only one feeling this way. So, if you’ve also started to reach this point in your life, find comfort in Miranda’s new song “Settling Down.”
Lastly, thank you to Miranda Lambert and Natalie Hemby for literally giving me the theme songs to these various pivotal life phases.