Song of the Day #2,540: ‘Pageant Material’ – Kacey Musgraves

kacey_musgraves_pageant_materialKacey Musgraves’ sophomore release, Pageant Material, didn’t disappoint me the way the other albums featured this week did, but it doesn’t quite live up to her excellent debut.

Musgraves has been hailed as country’s biggest blend of artistic talent and commercial appeal since Miranda Lambert, so expectations for this album were high. And she smartly side-stepped them, delivering a more low-key, traditional album rather than aiming for some sort of statement record.

Many of Pageant Material‘s tracks cover the same “be yourself” ground as Musgraves’ breakthrough song ‘Follow Your Arrow,’ from the title track’s insistence that she’d “rather lose for what I am than win for what I ain’t” to lead single ‘Biscuits,’ which suggests people “mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy.”

This is a light and lovely album. It just lacks the element of surprise that accompanied Musgraves’ debut. My prediction is that she’ll try something a little more adventurous on her next outing.

[Verse 1]
There’s certain things you’re s’posed to know
When you’re a girl who grows up in the south
I try to use my common sense
But my foot always ends up in my mouth
And if I had to walk a runway in high heels in front of the whole town
I’d fall down
And my mama cried
When she realized

[Chorus]
I ain’t pageant material
I’m always higher than my hair
And it ain’t that I don’t care about world peace
But I don’t see how I can fix it in a swimsuit on a stage
I ain’t exactly Ms. Congenial
Sometimes I talk before I think, I try to fake it but I can’t
I’d rather lose for what I am than win for what I ain’t

[Verse 2]
God bless the girls who smile and hug
When they’re called out as a runner up on TV
I wish I could, but I just can’t
Wear a smile when a smile ain’t what I’m feelin’
And who’s to say I’m a 9.5
Or a 4.0 if you don’t even know me
Life ain’t always roses and pantyhose
And…

[Chorus]
I ain’t pageant material
I’m always higher than my hair
And it ain’t that I don’t care about world peace
But I don’t see how I can fix it in a swimsuit on a stage
I ain’t exactly Ms. Congenial
Sometimes I talk before I think, I try to fake it but I can’t
I’d rather lose for what I am than win for what I ain’t

[Intstrumental bridge]

[Chorus]
I ain’t pageant material
The only crown is in my glass
They won’t be handin’ me a sash
And that’s okay, cause there’s no way
You’ll ever see me in a swimsuit on a stage
I ain’t exactly Ms. Congenial
Sometimes I talk before I think, I try to fake it but I can’t
I’d rather lose for what I am than win for what I ain’t
Yeah I’d rather lose for what I am than win for what I ain’t

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,540: ‘Pageant Material’ – Kacey Musgraves

  1. Dana says:

    Light, yes, but also instantly forgettable.

  2. Peg says:

    Sounds too “country music” for my taste–like a more bluesy sound

  3. Amy says:

    As you might have predicted, I love the lyrics in this song. It might not be revolutionary, but it does follow the trend of these strong female country artists continuing to make their listeners rethink what role (in this case, quite literally) the southern woman plays in society. The “light” and lovely music and tone make the message she’s sharing that much more palpable to her audience, though that message is neither light nor lovely. I might prefer my rebellious country music in the style of Dixie Chicks, but I enjoy this song, too. Thanks for sharing it.

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