Song of the Day #4,330: ‘Gaslighter’ – Dixie Chicks

I’ve written recently about several artists who are returning with new music this year after a long hiatus. But none of those hold a candle to the Dixie Chicks.

The trio’s last studio album was 2006’s Grammy-winning Taking the Long Way, the record that addressed lead singer Natalie Maines’ controversial comments about President Bush and the absurd reaction of country music fans. While the band suffered boycotts and death threats during that episode, Taking the Long Way managed to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 and Country charts, go double Platinum, and win Grammys for Album, Record and Song of the Year.

Then they simply stopped recording. For fourteen years. The trio never broke up, and did perform live off and on over the next decade, but they didn’t release any new music until appearing as backup singers on Taylor Swift’s ‘Soon You’ll Get Better’ in 2019.

Over the past couple of years, they have been working with producer Jack Antonoff (who also helmed Swift’s Lover) on new tracks, and soon they will release their first album since ’06, titled Gaslighter.

The record was supposed to drop on May 1, but it has been delayed due to the coronavirus threat with a new date not yet announced. In the meantime, two singles have been released, including the title track (today’s SOTD).

I’ve never heard the multi-platinum Dixie Chicks albums that preceded Taking the Long Way, but I’m a big fan of that release. I’m excited to hear what the trio will do with Antonoff as co-writer and producer. He has proved a stellar collaborator with Swift, Lorde and Lana Del Rey.

While the title of this song might suggest the Chicks are taking a shot at another sitting president, the lyrics suggest the target is actually Maines’ ex-husband, actor Adrian Pasdar. So what exactly did he do on her boat?

[Intro]
Gaslighter, denier
Doin’ anything to get your ass farther
Gaslighter, big timer
Repeating all of the mistakes of your father

[Verse 1]
We moved to California and we followed your dreams
I believed in the promises you made to me
Swore that night ’til death do us part
But you lie-lie-lie-lie-lied
Hollywood welcomed you with open doors
No matter what they gave you, you still wanted more
Acting all above it when our friends divorced
What a lie-lie-lie-lie-lie
You’re such a

[Chorus]
Gaslighter, denier
Doin’ anything to get your ass farther
Gaslighter, big timer
Repeating all of the mistakes of your father
Gaslighter, you broke me
You’re sorry, but where’s my apology?
Gaslighter, you liar

[Verse 2]
You thought I wouldn’t see it if you put it in my face
Give you all my money, you’ll gladly walk away
You think it’s justifiable, I think it’s pretty cruel
And you know you lie best when you lie to you
‘Cause, boy, you know exactly what you did on my boat
And, boy, that’s exactly why you ain’t comin’ home
Save your tired stories for your new someone else
‘Cause they’re lie-lie-lie-lie-lies
Look out, you little

[Chorus]
Gaslighter, denier
Doin’ anything to get your ass farther (Ooh)
Gaslighter, big timer
Repeating all of the mistakes of your father
Gaslighter, you broke me
You’re sorry, but where’s my apology?
Gaslighter, you liar

[Verse 3]
Just had to start a fire, had to start a fire
Couldn’t take yourself on a road a little higher
Had to burn it up, had to tear it down
Tried to say I’m crazy, babe, we know I’m not crazy, that’s you
Gaslighting
You’re a li-li-li-liar
Oh, honey, that’s you
Gaslighting
You made your bed and then your bed caught fire

[Bridge]
Gaslighter, I’m your mirror
Standin’ right here until you can see how you broke me
Yeah, I’m broken
You’re still sorry, and there’s still no apology

[Chorus]
Gaslighter, denier (Yeah)
Doin’ anything to get your ass farther (Ooh)
Gaslighter, big timer
Repeating all of the mistakes of your father (Gaslighter)
Gaslighter, you broke me
You’re sorry, but where’s my apology?
Gaslighter, you liar

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,330: ‘Gaslighter’ – Dixie Chicks

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I believe I read or heard that this song was intended as a shot at Trump as well as her ex. Anyway, it’s catchy and strong. Looking forward to hearing more from the Chicks.

  2. Peg says:

    I Really like the song and video. Think I know what he did on the boat 🤔

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