ToC Critic’s Pick: Miranda Lambert, ‘We Should Be Friends’ [Listen]
It's good to hear Miranda Lambert smiling again. No, "We Should Be Friends" doesn't offer an ear-to-ear fool's grin, but that's not the singer's style. This playful country cut is more of a wry Texas grin, even if lyrically she's inked a few snorters.
"If you use alcohol as a sedative / And 'Bless your heart' as a negative," is most likely to leave an impression on Southern ladies, but other descriptions of the singer's ideal BFF come with a little more heart. "We Should Be Friends" is Lambert on Lambert. She's describing herself through her advertisement for plutonic partner.
Like so much of what's found on the Weight of These Wings, the arrangement on this new song is sparse, but effective. A thick bass groove drives the song before the rest of the band puts down their beers and comes in with seemingly improvised licks and riffs. There's incredible looseness across this new song, one of very few moments of levity on Lambert's new double disc album.
Did You Know?: "We Should Be Friends" is the only song Lambert wrote by herself on her the Weight of These Wings album.
Listen to Miranda Lambert, "We Should Be Friends"
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Miranda Lambert's "We Should Be Friends" Lyrics:
"If your mind’s as cluttered as your kitchen sink / If your heart’s as empty as your diesel tank / If all your white T-shirts have stains / If you’ve got some guts and got some ink, well then / We should be friends."
"If you borrow dresses like you borrow time / If you dream all day and drink all night / If you’re lookin’ for love but willin’ to fight / Over men and mamas and Miller Lites, well then / We should be friends."
"I don’t know you well but I know that look / And I can judge the cover ‘cause I read the book / On losing sleep and gaining weight / On pain and shame and crazy trains."
"If you paint your nails while you cut your loss / If you like acting like you’re the boss / If everything your daddy says is something you can put stock in, well then / We should be friends."
"1, 2, 3 / If you use alcohol as a sedative / And “bless your heart” as a negative / If you ride your white horse like the wind / If what you see is what you get, well then / We should be friends, alright / Well then, we should be friends."