Miranda Lambert's 'The Weight of These Wings': The 10 Most Heartbreaking Lyrics From Her New Double Album

Miranda Lambert performs in 2016
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Miranda Lambert performs during the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tenn.

Miranda Lambert's new album The Weight of These Wings was highly anticipated for a number of reasons. For starters, it was the follow-up to 2014's critically acclaimed Platinum, which earned Lambert her first Billboard 200 No. 1 album, a Grammy for best country album and both an ACM Award and a CMA Award for album of the year. 

As if it that weren't enough pressure on Platinum's follow-up, Lambert also endured a very public divorce from Blake Shelton in 2015, a split that became tabloid fodder in the ensuing months as Shelton started dating fellow Voice host Gwen Stefani and Lambert began a relationship with soul/pop singer Anderson East

When Lambert announced the title and release date for The Weight of These Wings in September, following the release of lead single "Vice" over the summer, fans and critics alike speculated whether the album would address Lambert and Shelton's divorce. While Lambert has given few interviews around the album's release, she did tell Billboard in August, "With my songwriting, it’s taking a journey with what’s been going on in my everyday life -- good, bad, ugly and everything in between. I feel like the right thing to do was just come out with something really honest.”

The resulting double album -- split into two sides, The Nerve and The Heart -- is certainly honest and very, very good; the "bad" and "ugly" moments make for one of the year's most powerful releases. The 24 tracks drip with quivering vulnerability and enough raw emotion to cause even the hardest-hearted listener to shed a tear or two.

Below we've rounded up 10 of the most heartbreaking lyrics from The Weight of These Wings. Now grab some tissues and get to listening.

10. "Vice"
"If you need me, I'll be where my reputation don't precede me"

This line from the album's lead single, co-written with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, delivers like a quick punch to the gut, the pain in Lambert's voice evident as she croons over distorted, psychedelic guitars, delivered before she revealing "maybe [she's] addicted to goodbyes."

9. "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"

For the majority of us who have experienced some kind of heartbreak, it's pretty easy to recognize the symptoms in others. In this more lighthearted song, which Lambert penned solo, from side one of the album, Lambert scans a potential friend's résumé for "losing sleep and gaining weight, pain and shame and crazy trains."

8. "Ugly Lights"
"I really hate to say I'm turning into a cliché/ I'm hoping that nobody brings it up"

Liquor, smoke and "ashamed" Monday morning drives are country music clichés, and they're also often telltale signs of a broken heart. In this song, co-written with Natalie Hemby and Liz Rose, from side one, Lambert both winks at the template of a country heartbreak song and sheds a tear for finding herself in dire need of one.

7. "Runnin’ Just In Case"

"There's trouble where I'm going but I'm gonna go there anyway/ I hate Sunday mornings 'cause they always seem to start this way"

In the album's opening track, written with Gwen Sebastian, Lambert addresses one of the worst parts of going through a breakup: waking up on a Sunday morning with no plan or relief in sight. She grabs a cigarette and hits the road, the slightest sense of defiance in her voice offering a sliver of hope that she'll find something as she inevitably heads south.

6. "Use My Heart"
"That thought of loving you just makes me sick/ I don't have the nerve to use my heart"

There are few things scarier than opening up your heart after suffering heartbreak, and in the final song on The Nerve, Lambert expresses her fears to a new flame, unsure whether she'll ever be able to "throw a line" and "reel it in." Lambert co-wrote this one with Ashley Monroe and Waylon Payne.

5. "Things That Break"
"I leave it all in ruins, 'cause I don't know what I'm doing/ I'm hard on things that matter, hold a heart so tight it shatters/ So I stay away from things that break"

Her "Gunpowder and Lead" days behind her, Lambert is clearly gun-shy. This track from The Heart, which again features co-writer Hemby plus Jessi Alexander, opens with a slow, Spaghetti Western-inspired guitar riff and listens like a cautious thesis statement from a woman who's seen one too many things break. 

4. "Pushin’ Time"
"And they say only time can tell, you already know me well/ If it has to end in tears, I hope it's in 60 years"'

Lambert's boyfriend East appears on this song (although he doesn't have a writing credit; Hemby and Foy Vance co-write with Lambert here), making its message of "fools... rushing in" but all the more poignant. It's the line above, though, that lands like an arrow to the heart, Lambert hoping that a new relationship ends due to the tears of old age instead of remnants of old heartbreak.

3. "Tin Man"
"Hey there Mr. Tin Man, you don't know how lucky you are/ You shouldn't spend your whole life wishin' for something bound to fall apart"

It's hard to choose just one tearjerker of a lyric from this opening track, co-written with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall, to The Heart, but these first lines perhaps sum up the majority of the record's message: having a heart is hard, painful, and often terrifying. Lambert's metaphor of The Wizard of Oz's mythical Tin Man, all empty armor, is a powerful image of life after heartbreak. 

2. "Six Degrees of Separation"
"Six degrees of separation, you’re all over this damn nation/ I’m out of your reach geographically, you still find a way to get a hold on me"

It's hard not to assume that this song is about Shelton specifically, a man who tours "this damn nation" and would certainly haunt a number of Lambert's memories. That she specifically references a quarter from the year 1979 could be telling, too: Lambert wed Shelton in her mother's wedding gown, which her mother wore in her own 1979 ceremony. Lambert shares writing duties with Hemby and Nicolle Galyon on this cut. 

1. "I’ve Got Wheels"
"Sometimes these wheels get a little heavy, and I can’t stay between the lines/ But I’m rocking steady/ When I can’t fly, I start to fall/ But I’ve got wheels, I’m rolling on"

Closing track "I've Got Wheels" is one of the album's most hopeful songs, though it's still no inspirational anthem. Lambert, aided by co-writers Sebastian and Scotty Wray, leaves us on a positive note, though: sure, she's unsteady, but she's moving forward, rolling on and lightening her load ever so slightly with every passing mile.


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