Bluebird

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  • Co-written by Miranda Lambert with Luke Dick and Natalie Hemby, this song finds Miranda Lambert taking a positive attitude toward life's tough times.

    If the house just keeps on winnin'
    I've got a wildcard up my sleeve


    The concept of resilience when things are going bad is a common theme throughout the Wildcard record. The album title comes from this song.
  • Lambert takes the proverbial phrase, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade," and puts her own spin on it by upping the alcohol content.

    If love keeps givin' me lemons
    I'll just mix 'em in my drink


    "That was a definite Miranda line because that's what I do," she told Entertainment Weekly with a chuckle. "You can't stay in the moment that's not good for you. If you keep missing, you have to just keep trying."

    Lambert's group The Pistol Annies previously incorporated a similar lemon metaphor during their 2011 song "Lemon Drop."

    My life is like a lemon drop
    I'm suckin' on the bitter to get to the sweet part
    I know there are better days ahead
  • One of the inspirations for the soft rambler was the Charles Bukowski poem Bluebird, a favorite of Luke Dick. The 1992 work starts:

    There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out
    But I'm too tough for him


    Lambert said: "We kind of went off of that. And this song, something about it makes me feel hopeful. It's not too cheery. It's got this undertow of like "S--t's gonna happen, but it's gonna be okay."
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