Song of the Day #2,946: ‘What About Georgia’ – Miranda Lambert

miranda_lambert_kerosene‘What About Georgia’ is the second track on Miranda Lambert’s debut album, 2005’s Kerosene. She was 22 at the time and fresh off her third-place finish on the TV competition Nashville Star.

This song was written about another contestant on the show, Travis Howard, with whom Lambert has collaborated on many songs. Here’s how she explains the song’s origin:

“That’s about [fellow ‘Nashville Star’ contestant] Travis Howard. Travis wrote a “dating” song about me. It was called “Train Wreck.” It says, “You’re just a train wreck and I’m a penny on the tracks.” He sent it to me from L.A. That was like a shock to my heart. I thought, “OK. All right.” I was so angry about him writing a song like that about me. I thought, “You know what? He’s the one who left home and forgot about everyone. What about that?” My mom and I were on the way to Houston. On the way, I got out my guitar and wrote “What About Georgia” in, like, an hour. That’s my favorite of all my songs.”

[Verse 1]
You draw it out like a highway
With every word that you say
Excuses for the answers that you lack
Your mama’s still the steady ground you walk on every day
And your daddy’s still the monkey on your back
Did you find all you thought you’d find out in the wild, wild west
You took a little piece of home and you threw away the rest

[Chorus]
You say you’re living on the edge and I think you’re hangin’ from a ledge
Too scared to hold the hand that wants to help you up
Are you the man you thought you’d be by the time that you turned 33
Are you still a bullet in your daddy’s gun
Don’t forget boy you’re your mama’s only son
She’s at home and she’s been praying for you
Hey what about Georgia

[Verse 2]
Saw your sister yesterday
Austin’s five and on his way
Looking for some shoes that he can fill
He said that he’d be just like you, the coolest guy he ever knew
And he’d find you when he lost his training wheels
I looked in his big blue eyes and I saw you again
He’s hungry for a life that he ain’t ready to begin

[Chorus]

[Interlude]
Guess you didn’t realize it’d take you quite this long
To figure out that being free is right where you belong

[Chorus]
You say you’re living on the edge and I think you’re hangin’ from a ledge
Too scared to hold the hand that wants to help you up
HEY! Are you the man you thought you’d be by the time that you turned 33
Are you still a bullet in your daddy’s gun
Don’t forget boy you’re your mama’s only son
She’s at home and she’s been praying for you
Hey want about Georgia
What about Georgia yeah
What about Georgia Georgia Yeah
What about Georgia

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,946: ‘What About Georgia’ – Miranda Lambert

  1. Dana says:

    If I were Travis Howard, I would write a new song and send it to Miranda titled “What about Shelton?” šŸ˜„

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