Song of the Day #1,608: ‘Airstream Song’ – Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert’s ‘Airstream Song,’ from her 2009 album Revolution, is an ode to the lives we might have lived.

I’m sure Lambert prefers her life as country music royalty to a life moving town to town in an Airstream, breaking hearts along the way. But I don’t doubt for a second that she sometimes wishes she could know what that other life is like.

I am a creature of habit and comfort who would have a minor breakdown if I were separated for very long from my DVR, iPad and Kindle (not to mention my family). And yet I do sometimes indulge in fantasies of a life lived on the road, tied down to nothing, experienced day to day and moment to moment.

I doubt I’d last a week, but the idea floats out there as one of those roads not taken. Right alongside the life as an FBI agent that I’ve long fantasized about, or my life as a Hollywood filmmaker that I never pursued because I wasn’t willing to make the necessary sacrifices.

I firmly believe that I wound up on my best timeline (one look at my two daughters confirms it) but that doesn’t stop me from wondering about the rest.

Sometimes I wish I lived in an Airstream
Homemade curtains, lived just like a gypsy
Break a heart, roll out of town
Cause gypsies never get tied down

Sometimes I wish I lived on a mountain
Drank from a stream instead of a fountain
I’d stay there, top of the world
But I was born a red dirt girl

Unbridled or tethered and tied
The safety of the fence or the danger of the ride
I’ll always be unsatisfied

Sometimes I wish I lived by a pier
In a lighthouse with a chandelier
I’d watch everybody’s ships come in
And then I’d sail away with them

Unanchored in the storm
Or safely on the shore
If this is all I need, why do I want more

Sometimes I wish I lived in an airstream
Homemade curtains, lived just like a gypsy

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,608: ‘Airstream Song’ – Miranda Lambert

  1. Dana says:

    Well, it’s never too late to join the FBI, then write a screenplay about it.😄

    I sometimes think about what my life would have been like had I pursued songwriting. And I know at least one member of my family who still feels I should do that. But, frankly, I have no regrets about my career or my life. I am a lucky man and I know it.

  2. Andrea Katz says:

    You are lucky AND talented.I once read an article about this kind of wistful “road not taken” stuff. It seems we all suffer from it. The focus was on women, I think. The prima ballerina mourns the loss of family life, the wife and mother thinks about the excitement of another life. Every decision closes off another choice.
    Good thing that you are satisfied. Still I think the world might be missing something in not hearing your songs.

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