Song of the Day #4,193: ‘Getaway Driver’ – Miranda Lambert

Best Albums of the 2010s – #1
The Weight of These Wings – Miranda Lambert (2016)

It should come as no surprise that the greatest album by my favorite artist would end up as my #1 album of the decade.

I spent a lot of time thinking about the makeup and order of this list, but Miranda Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings was cemented in place before I even began.

In addition to releasing the 2010s’ best album, Lambert had a better overall decade than anybody else on this list. She released four solo albums and three with Pistol Annies. Almost every one of those albums could have been on my top 20 if I hadn’t gone with the ‘one release per artist’ rule. In fact, she’s the reason I came up with that rule in the first place.

Both 2011’s Four the Record and 2014’s Platinum placed in the top five when I did this exercise at the decade’s halfway point. They’ve only grown in my estimation since. And last month’s new release, Wildcard, is a brash, refreshing treasure, boasting a few tracks I already consider among Lambert’s best work.

But The Weight of These Wings is on another level altogether. It’s a 24-track break-up album, chock full of heartbreak and hope, at once showcasing country music at its best and exploding the expectations of the genre. It’s a journey that ebbs and flows, laughs and cries, rocks and sighs.

Lambert embraces the metaphor of her title, the idea that you can be set free (in this case, from an unhappy marriage) but still feel the burden of what you’ve lost. “Happiness ain’t prison but there’s freedom in a broken heart,” she sings in opening track ‘Runnin’ Just in Case.’

Most of the album’s songs are either about the love she lost or the process of picking up the pieces. The references to flight gradually (and literally) return to earth, segueing into one of Lambert’s favorite recurring motifs, a road trip into the unknown. As she sings on the album’s final track, “When I can’t fly, I start to fall, but I’ve got wheels… I’m rolling on.”

And roll on she does, recording one of my favorite albums ever and the best release of the 2010s.

Hope you enjoyed my musical journey through the last decade. I’d love to hear some of your favorites from the past ten years in the comments.

[Verse 1]
When she’s feeling reckless
Tangled in her messes
Wild eyes lookin’ for a chase
There’s nothing white lines can’t erase

[Chorus]
So I keep the engine running
She’ll be my gasoline
She treats my heart like a stolen car
All the while she had the keys
Standing in the line of fire
I’ll be right beside her
I’m her getaway driver
Her getaway driver

[Verse 2]
Miles were the only thing that saved us
Headlights were our only traces
No rear-view mirror, no looking back
Desert horizon as our map

[Chorus]
So I keep the engine running
She’ll be my gasoline
She treats my heart like a stolen car
All the while she had the keys
Standing in the line of fire
I’ll be right beside her
I’m her getaway driver
Her getaway driver

[Outro]
A lover and a fighter
Bonnie and Clyde reminder
I’m her getaway driver
Her getaway driver

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,193: ‘Getaway Driver’ – Miranda Lambert

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Certainly no surprise here. I’ll have to try to check out this album one of these days.

  2. Peg says:

    Enjoyed your journey, unfortunately I can’t add my favorites since I’m still listening to oldies by Sinatra but I would add Daniel Gallup’s albums to my favorites this year ❤️❤️❤️

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