Song of the Day #5,061: ‘Waxahachie’ – Miranda Lambert

Concluding my ranking of the songs from Miranda Lambert’s new album Palomino

#3. ‘Scenes’

Opening track ‘Actin’ Up’ was released early, so Palomino‘s second song was my first new taste of the album, and I was instantly smitten. ‘Scenes’ sets up the record’s theme beautifully, painting a picture of a woman escaping her problems by hitting the road and “moving right along to the next scene.” Its sexy groove is one of the dominant sounds of Palomino.

#2. ‘Tourist’

More shades of Dolly Parton on this track, the first one written for Palomino. ‘Tourist’ finds Lambert returning to one of the most prevalent themes in her discography, the restlessness of a small town girl who longs to see the world. She’s writing this song 17 years into a career that has let her do exactly that, but she still manages to locate the aching sincerity in somebody who vows to never be “a number on a population sign.”

#1. ‘Waxahachie’

‘Waxahachie’ is the third Palomino track to first appear on The Marfa Tapes in stripped-down fashion. It was my favorite song on that album, and it takes the prize on this one as well, in its more robust form. This track is the opposite of ‘Tourist,’ giving us a woman heading back home after finding heartache elsewhere. I love how Lambert personifies Waxahachie, turning the Texas town into a welcoming shoulder to cry on.

That does it for Palomino, for this week anyway. Another great album from a woman who seems incapable of releasing anything but.

[Verse 1]
Nobody ever left New Orleans as mad as I was
I wrote a lipstick letter on the mirror with a bourbon buzz
You were right, it got about as bad as it gets
I’m not lookin’ for a turnaround tempo on a rumble strip

[Chorus]
Waxahachie
Are you still on 35?
Are you still an all-night drive
From Louisiana?
Waxahachie
I can be there by 4 am
Lookin’ for my long-lost friend
That’s what you’ve always been
Waxahachie
Ooh
Waxahachie

[Verse 2]
If I could just get down the road a beat
It won’t be that hard
I can run from the demons like the devil in a speedin’ car
I’ve got enough gasoline, memories and nicotine
Freedom’s ovеrrated, guess I underеstimated the truth
And you

[Chorus]
Waxahachie
Are you still on 35?
Are you still an all-night drive
From Louisiana?
Waxahachie
I can be there by 4 am
Lookin’ for my long-lost friend
That’s what you’ve always been
Waxahachie

[Chorus]
Waxahachie
Are you still on 35?
Are you still an all-night drive
From Louisiana?
Waxahachie
It’s comin’ on 4 am
I want to be in your arms again
Just like I’ve always been
Waxahachie
Ooh
Waxahachie

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #5,061: ‘Waxahachie’ – Miranda Lambert

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I feel like I’ve heard this song before.

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