Song of the Day #3,760: ‘Babies Makin’ Babies’ – Miranda Lambert

The Random iTunes Fairy is getting cute again, serving up a Miranda Lambert track the day after I posted the latest from Pistol Annies.

‘Babies Makin’ Babies’ is a cut from Lambert’s 2014 album Platinum, one of her most successful critically and commercially. The album ranked #12 on the Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll and topped the Billboard 200 album chart. Esteemed critic Robert Christgau praised it as “apolitical de facto feminism at its countriest” (I love that line).

This is actually one of my least favorite tracks on Platinum, though I like it well enough. I’ve never been able to get my head around the lyric “give a good push just like a Brady.” What does that mean? The Brady Bunch? Tom Brady? James Brady?

Apart from that, this is a bittersweet song about the cycle of young parenthood that traps people in small towns, for better or worse.

[Verse 1]
Two kids from Tacoma
In a ’72 Nova
No pill and barely old enough to drink
Learned the ropes and tested science
Started pentecostal riots
In just five minutes behind the rolling rink
In the backseat brings

[Chorus]
The American dream on a shoestring
First you grow it, then you show it
Give a good push just like a Brady
Say you’ll love ’em till you’re eighty
Too soon to be a mother and father
But too late for the alma mater
Yeah, it’s always in the water
Babies makin’ babies

[Verse 2]
Between diplomas and the diapers
They become couch quarter finders
Savin’ up for a Maytag microwave
Oh but all has been forgiven
On the day the water christen
The best thing that could have happened by mistake

[Chorus]
The American dream on a shoestring
First you grow it, then you show it
Give a good push just like a Brady
Say you’ll love ’em till you’re eighty
Too soon to be a mother and father
But too late for the alma mater
Yeah, it’s always in the water
Babies makin’ babies

[Bridge]
Well, it’s a tried and true equation
Maintains a small town population
That turns us all into a family

[Chorus]
The American dream on a shoestring
First you grow it, then you show it
Give a good push just like a Brady
Say you’ll love ’em till you’re eighty
Too soon to be a mother and father
But too late for the alma mater
Yeah, it’s always in the water
Babies makin’ babies

[Outro]
Yes, it’s always in the water
Babies makin babies

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,760: ‘Babies Makin’ Babies’ – Miranda Lambert

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’m assuming the reference is to the Brady bunch based on the notion of having enough kids to help populate a small town.

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