Miranda Lambert is no stranger to heartache. The year following her divorce from Blake Shelton was rough. She publicly spoke about how she “drank more” to deal with it. And in one of her shows, she outright named it a “shitty” year. Her 2016 double-album, The Weight of These Wings, was her side of the story– and her heartbreak is patently obvious. Thanks to that record, as well as some public appearances, she has given us some incredible raw emotion in her work. If you’re also dealing with some heartache and heartbreak, these are the 5 songs you need.
5. “Tin Man”
Miranda Lambert spent the second half of 2015 and the first half of 2016 writing the songs for The Weight of These Wings. Sitting on what she affectionately dubbed her “magic porch,” the singer-songwriter decided to write her stories of those previous months. One of those that tells the story is “Tin Man.”
Lambert wrote the song with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall. It pays homage to the 1994 Kenny Chesney song of the same name. In an interview with iHeartRadio, she explained her personal connection to the track.
“Whatever influenced you the most at whatever time of your life, it some way or another comes out in your art. The ‘Tin Man,’ I guess going through a lot of times where I felt pretty empty, I understood a whole new meaning. I mean, how many times have we seen The Wizard of Oz? But, something that the world shares is everyone knows what the Tin Man represents; cold, and empty, and loneliness, and heartless. And it just opened my eyes to it even more, going through pain myself. [It was] sort of an epiphany,” she shared.
You can listen to her unplugged version in the video below, which is even more beautiful than the studio recording. And then sit back and feel the ache.