Dark Bars

Album: Wildcard (2019)
Play Video


  • This slow, sad waltz finds Miranda Lambert singing of hanging out in a dark bar. She perches herself "on a barstool for the cheap thrills, watchin' drunks all drown with no lifeguard."
  • Lambert wrote the song with Liz Rose, who co-penned many of Taylor Swift's early hits. Rose is also one third of the songwriting supergroup The Love Junkies, along with Lori McKenna and Hillary Lindsey.

    Lambert had invited the trio up to New York to write for Wildcard. Rose got there early, and it was a comment the Wildcard singer made to her that served as inspiration for this song. Lambert recalled to The Boot: "When she was on her way in the car, I just said, 'Let's go find some dark bars and see if we can find some stories to write about.' She said, 'I think that is the story.' And she's right."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Kim Thayil of Soundgarden

Kim Thayil of SoundgardenSongwriter Interviews

Their frontman (Chris Cornell) started out as their drummer, so Soundgarden takes a linear approach when it comes to songwriting. Kim explains how they do it.

N.W.A vs. the World

N.W.A vs. the WorldSong Writing

How the American gangsta rappers made history by getting banned in the UK.

Top American Idol Moments: Songs And Scandals

Top American Idol Moments: Songs And ScandalsSong Writing

Surprise exits, a catfight and some very memorable performances make our list of the most memorable Idol moments.

Mike Campbell

Mike CampbellSongwriter Interviews

Mike is lead guitarist with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and co-writer of classic songs like "Boys Of Summer," "Refugee" and "The Heart Of The Matter."

Kristian Bush of Sugarland

Kristian Bush of SugarlandSongwriter Interviews

Kristian talks songwriting technique, like how the chorus should redefine the story, and how to write a song backwards.

Timothy B. Schmit

Timothy B. SchmitSongwriter Interviews

The longtime Eagle talks about soaring back to his solo career, and what he learned about songwriting in the group.