All Kinds of Kinds

Album: Four the Record (2011)
Charted: 89

Songfacts®:

  • Miranda celebrates the diversity of humanity on this bluegrass-influenced tune. Amongst the different characters the singer references are Horatio the Human Cannonball, a dog-faced boy, a congressman who is a closeted cross-dresser and a pharmacist who secretly feeds herself and her family pills. Truly, "It takes all kinds of kinds," Miranda sings, "to keep the world spinning."
  • The song was co-written by veteran singer-songwriter Don Henry, who in 1990 co-penned Kathy Mattea's Grammy-winning tune, "Where've You Been." The other writer was Country Music artist Phillip Coleman, who penned in 2008 the original version of Ronnie Dunn's hit "Cost of Livin'".
  • Lambert is accompanied on the chorus by Texas Country/Red Dirt artist Stoney LaRue, whose Velvet longplayer reached the top 20 of the Billboard country album chart in 2011.
  • Lambert said: "'All Kinds of Kinds' is such a different song. To me, I heard this — my producer sent it to me — and I don't know, I just identified with it immediately."
    She added: "I found my niche, I found my spot in country music, and everyone's uplifted me through that, and winnin' awards and havin' hits, but I still feel like I'm a little bit different. And I'm glad for that."
  • Directed by Bluford Sanders, the video intercuts footage of Lambert rehearsing the song informally, clips from her live show, and black and white shots of ordinary people holding up whiteboards on which they have written messages as to what kind of person they are.

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