Bread has long been a staple of the human diet, and a breadwinner is a person whose work provides the income for a family or household. This moody track finds Kacey Musgraves warning her sisterhood about men who feel threatened by their partner being the main breadwinner.
Traditionally, the man is the breadwinner in the household, but the dynamic has changed over the last few decades. This song serves as a warning to other women that some guys can't handle it when his partner brings home the dough.
At first, they're happy to live off their lover's hard work.
He wants a breadwinner
He wants your dinner
Until he ain't hungry anymore
After a while their ego gets affected, and the men feel emasculated by their partners' success.
He wants your shimmer
To make him feel bigger
Until he starts feeling insecure
Musgraves recorded the song for Star-Crossed, an album inspired by her divorce from Ruston Kelly, her husband of two years. Kelly is, like Musgraves, a country singer-songwriter, but with much less commercial success. It begs the question of whether this is the country star's acerbic kiss-off explaining why her marriage broke down. If this is indeed the case, Kelly does not come out of it well.
Musgraves wrote the song with:
Her Golden Hour
co-producer Ian Fitchuk.
Californian singer-songwriter Ilsey Juber and frequent Bon Iver collaborator BJ Burton. They also co-wrote the Star-Crossed
Musgraves co-produced the song with Ian Fitchuk and Daniel Tashian. They co-produced her entire Star-Crossed album and collaborated on her previous record, Golden Hour (2018), as well.