Miranda Lambert teamed up with a score of co-writers for her forthcoming double album, The Weight of These Wings, from Pistol Annie Ashley Monroe to Brent Cobb and Lambert’s boyfriend Anderson East. But there’s one track, and one message, that the singer wanted to tackle alone: the mischievously vulnerable confession of “We Should Be Friends,” which was unveiled today.
Opening only with a bare bassline and drums, Lambert lets her drawl go deep as she divulges all the bad habits, powerful vices and devilish inclinations that make up the woman that she is, and who she wants to spend her days with. Boring? Safe? Play by the rules? Lambert answers that loud and clear: “no, thanks.”
From Disc 1 of The Weight of These Wings (subtitled “The Nerve”), Lambert fires off a string of couplets that take ownership, not shame, over every aspect of her personality. “If you’ve got some guts, and got some ink,” she sings as the swank of some Seventies guitar joins in, “well then, we should be friends.” Many assumed that, as the only solo-written track on the LP, “We Should Be Friends” might lean more toward the introspective, like Platinum‘s heartbreaking “Bathroom Sink.” Instead, it’s classic Lambert humor and sass, blending self-deprecation with a hefty kiss-off to anyone who might want her to be anything but herself.
“We Should Be Friends” joins “Vice,” “Highway Vagabond” and “Covered Wagon” in songs that Lambert has used to preview The Weight of These Wings – notably all from “The Nerve.” The entire LP will be available November 18th on her own imprint for Sony, Vanner Records.