Miranda Lambert's "Gunpowder" Has Personal History


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February 4, 2008 — Miranda Lambert's new single, "Gunpowder & Lead," has a lyrical thread that's similar to a couple of other songs from country music's last 15 years: the Dixie Chicks' "Goodbye Earl" and Martina McBride's "Independence Day." But "Gunpowder" also has a connection to Miranda's personal history.

"The song is actually about waiting for a husband to get out of jail so she can shoot him," Miranda told Dial-Global. "But it came from a real place in my life. When I was 14 years old, my parents took in abused women and children. I had to share my room with a mom and daughter. And my brother had to share with two brothers, and their mom lived downstairs, and it was a three-bedroom house. It really has a meaning to me."

"Gunpowder & Lead" came in at No. 15 among the top singles of last year in the eighth annual Country Music Critics' Poll, conducted by The Nashville Scene. Miranda also hit the list with "Famous In A Small Town," at No. 1; and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," No. 12.