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We're digging into what gives Miranda Lambert the drive to write such personal songs Getty Images/Rick Diamond
Getty Images/Rick Diamond

So, we’ve been listening to Miranda Lambert’s new album, “The Weight of These Wings,” on repeat for a week now, and one song that’s just knocking us out in the Rare Country office is “Use My Heart.”

It’s the last song on the first disc, and the refrain, “The thought of loving you just makes me sick/I don’t have the nerve to use my heart,” has got to be one of the most honest and heart-wrenching lyrics we’ve heard in a long, long time.

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Given the upheaval in her love life over the past year-and-a-half, it’s pretty brave of Miranda to just lay that line out there, right?

It turns out she made a commitment to keep her songwriting as honest as possible when she was just a teenager.

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In a new book released along with “The Weight of These Wings,” Miranda’s dad, Rick Lambert, reveals that Miranda actually recorded a few songs in Nashville when she was just 16 years old. The trend at the time was pop-oriented thanks to Shania Twain’s big success, so Miranda recorded pop-sounding songs written by other writers. It didn’t fit her, and she knew it immediately.

Rick writes, “Listening to the disc on the way home, Miranda burst into tears and said, ‘Daddy, that’s not who I am at all.’ A little surprised, I pointed at my heart and said, ‘Baby, this is who you are and only you can let it out. Writing your own songs is the way to do that.'”

In that moment, Miranda, the songwriter and artist we know today, was born.

Rick continues, “I am constantly overwhelmed, amazed and very proud of what my little formerly shy, introspective daughter has given to the world by baring her own soul.”

Of note, Miranda is up for a few Rare Country Awards this year, including Fan Moment of the Year. You can cast your vote for her now at RareCountryAwards.com. Winners will be announced on Dec. 15.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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