“Let’s shake hands and reach across those party lines.”
The opening of the chorus to Miranda Lambert’s current single, “Only Prettier,” sounds like it could have come from the mouth of a Republican or a Democrat trying to convince the public that he or she is the candidate best able to rise above politics and work for everyone’s good.
Instead, “Only Prettier” represents a little snit between a couple of women who come at the world from different perspectives. One loves the night life, the other loves the high life, and neither is particularly fond of the other’s attitude. Miranda starts out suggesting that they can reach a mutual understanding, though between the sneering guitars and her acerbic conclusion — “I’m just like you, only prettier” — she’s really drawing lines in the sand much the way those politicians do.
“My whole deal is always, like, guns and revenge and fightin’ and settin’ things on fire, but this is just a whole new take,” she laughs. “It’s like, ‘Never mind, I’ve grown up a little bit, and maybe I’ll just kill you with kindness’ — literally! It’s such a cool twist on it. And we all have those people that were better than us — or thought they were — and that’s kind of my anthem to say, you know, ‘You’re all right, but I’m actually prettier than you in the reality of things, so I don’t know where you get off thinkin’ that you can be rude.’ And it’s so much fun because it really is me, too.”
Watch the video and see Miranda straddling both “party lines,” along with pals Kellie Pickler, Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott and Laura Bell Bundy:
“Only Prettier” isn’t the only place Miranda is mixing her hard edge with social niceties. She’s also participating in a motorcycle event, for charity. She’s signed up for Dierks Bentley’s fifth annual Miles & Music For Kids benefit, a combination motorcycle ride and concert that concludes at Nashville’s Riverfront Park. It takes place Oct. 17, and Miranda’s set to perform along with Dierks and Jerrod Niemann.