Song of the Day #3,371: ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’ – Kacey Musgraves

Our next assignment in the 30 Day Music Challenge is to name ‘A Song That You Love From 2011.’ Not sure why we’re going with 2011, but I guess we should embrace the randomness.

I can’t recall any 2011 songs off the top of my head (the past ten years kind of run together musically) so I turned to Google for help. The biggest song of that year was Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep,’ a bona fide juggernaut if ever there was one. I named it as my own top song of 2011 here on the blog.

That was also the year of hits such as LMFAO’s ‘Party Rock Anthem,’ Foster the People’s ‘Pumped up Kicks’ and Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love.’ And the decidedly not-a-hit Fountains of Wayne track ‘Road Song,’ which I had forgotten about completely but love just as much as when I first heard it.

My choice for today’s challenge, though, is the great Miranda Lambert song ‘Mama’s Broken Heart.‘ This track has never gotten old and remains a highlight from Lambert’s catalog even after the release of two more amazing albums.

I’ve featured the song already but that gives me a chance to post another version, by Kacey Musgraves, who co-wrote it.

[Verse 1]
I cut my bangs with some rusty kitchen scissors
I screamed his name ‘til the neighbours called the cops
I numbed the pain at the expense of my liver
Don’t know what I did next, all I know I couldn’t stop

[Verse 2]
Word got around to the barflies and the baptists
My mama’s phone started ringing off the hook
I can hear her now saying she ain’t gonna have it
Don’t matter how you feel, it only matters how you look

[Chorus]
Go and fix your make up, girl, it’s just a break up
Run and hide your crazy and start actin’ like a lady
Cause I raised you better, gotta keep it together
Even when you fall apart
But this ain’t my mama’s broken heart

[Verse 3]
Wish I could be just a little less dramatic
Like a Kennedy when Camelot went down in flames
Leave it to me to be holding the matches
When the fire trucks show up and there’s nobody else to blame

[Verse 4]
Can’t get revenge and keep a spotless reputation
Sometimes revenge’s just a choice you gotta make
My mama came from a softer generation
Where you get a grip and bite your lip just to save a little face

[Chorus]
Go and fix your make up, girl, it’s just a break up
Run and hide your crazy and start actin’ like a lady
Cause I raised you better, gotta keep it together
Even when you fall apart
But this ain’t my mama’s broken heart

[Bridge]
Powder your nose, paint your toes
Line your lips and keep ’em closed
Cross your legs, dot your eyes
And never let ’em see you cry

[Chorus]
Go and fix your make up, girl, it’s just a break up
Run and hide your crazy and start actin’ like a lady
Cause I raised you better, gotta keep it together
Even when you fall apart
But this ain’t my mama’s broken heart

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6 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,371: ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’ – Kacey Musgraves

  1. Maddie says:

    I’m actually gonna throw it to Owl City’s extremely underrated sophomore album for this one because let’s be real, 2011 Maddie was very adamant about how much Adam Young deserved recognition. Keep makin’ those beautiful movie scores, buddy!

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    I’m going to borrow from your research here and go with a Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks.” I found this song so refreshing and a nice throwback to the 80’s sound of tunes like “Video Killed the Radio Star.”

  3. Rob says:

    I can’t say that I’ve paid much attention to mainstream music since the mid-90’s, so I don’t have a large reservoir to draw from. That said, I’ve done some research and there were some tracks released in 2011 that I really enjoyed. In fact, I’m going to stretch things out if I may, and supply two songs that I love equally. The first is from the legendary Nick Lowe – “Stoplight Roses” … a gem of a song about a man who buys roses for his lover at a stoplight, to apologize for his behavior. The second is from Iron and Wine – “Tree By The River” … a beautiful pop song filled with lush harmonies, a great “feel good” summer song.

  4. Peg says:

    You can’t imagine my relief when I saw Paul Simon’s name as I scrolled down the Wikipedia list 😊 So my choice is So Beautiful So What for today’s post

  5. Amy says:

    That was a fascinating (and far from complete!) journey through the songs released in 2011. First, wow, are a lot of songs released in any given year. Second, they include songs I never heard of from artists I like along with a song (such as A Thousand Years) that is the only song I think I know from an artist. I had already considered a couple of possibilities, when I arrived in the C’s and “Call Me Maybe.” I can’t believe that song is already six years old, but I knew instantly it would be my choice if only to once again watch — and then share — my very favorite homemade video. While I’m pretty sure it went viral at the time (which is likely how I found it), I don’t know if it went viral the way it would have it were released today. Regardless, on this very sad day when the news is filled with too many grim reminders of what’s wrong with people, this video is a refreshing reminder that sometimes, when you least expect it, people can surprise and delight you.

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