With current Rolling Stone cover girl Miranda Lambert releasing her fifth album, Platinum, today, fans are treated to perhaps her most intimate album yet. And the track that seems the most autobiographical is one she didn’t even write: the life-in-the-fishbowl rave-up “Priscilla.”
Written for Lambert by Nashville aces Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby and Jimmy Robbins, “Priscilla” laments the lack of privacy, the proliferation of rumors and the general mind-warp that comes with being thrust into the public eye. For the tune’s titular woman, it was a result of marrying Elvis Presley; for the already famous Lambert, it only intensified after saying “I do” to fellow arena-filler Blake Shelton in 2011. But Lambert dismisses any overt comparison to the King of Rock & Roll and his bride.
“I would never compare Blake and I to Priscilla and Elvis,” she tells Rolling Stone Country. “But I think the way [the writers] wrote this song, you have to address it. The tabloids, and all the stuff that is thrown in our faces and thrown our way, as both successful artists on our own, and then you put us together, and we’re a married couple, so that has a lot of pull on us. I feel like it’s got to be talked about, because [the rumors] are there, it’s floating around, and people know.”
However, the message of “Priscilla” is not one of “woe is me,” but one of empowerment. This is not Lambert complaining that her diamond Tony Lamas are too tight.
“Natalie and I were talking and she was like, ‘How do you deal with all this crap that is said about you?’ It’s just part of the business,” Lambert says with a shrug. “It’s a new thing, but it’s part of our life now. And this song is a really fun way to deal with it.”