Heart Like Mine

Album: Revolution (2009)
Charted: 44


  • Lambert said of this song, which she wrote with Travis Howard and Ashley Monroe: "'Heart Like Mine' started in Pigeon Forge. Ashley and I went up to Dollywood and spent the night in a cabin for a couple of days to just write and hang out and have some girl time. Some people might get mad about the lyrics but I grew up in church, and I've been a Christian my whole life. I feel that there are so many judgmental attitudes out there and this song is autobiographical in a way, because I've definitely had my share of being judged. I'm playing a character a little bit in every song. I don't really smoke, but it sounds cool in the song."
  • Lambert wrote this with Travis Howard, whom she originally met when they were both contestants on the reality series Nashville Star, and with Ashley Monroe. Howard recalled to The Boot: "Miranda and I started writing together almost immediately when we met in 2003 on the set of Nashville Star. We fought like the Hatfields and McCoys, but we were both just drawn to each other's interests and writing style."
  • Lambert and Monroe started the song but they got stuck on the chorus. Howard recalled to The Boot: "The Lamberts used to do a family river float every summer in South Texas, and I always went," he explained. "One afternoon between drinking and floating, [Miranda and Ashley] came out of a cabin and said, 'Hey, we started this song but we can't find a good way through the chorus.'" So the ladies gave their male co-writer the challenge of finishing the song. Howard recalled Lambert saying, "Great, we each wrote a verse, so the last one and the bridge are on you."
  • Lambert explained the song's meaning: "That's a look in to my world. Just being a real person, there's no place for judgment," the singer-songwriter said. "I grew up in church, and my mom always says I cut my teeth on a church pew [laughs], but I have also been judged a lot, and probably judged a lot myself. But I feel like there's nobody to do that except for that man upstairs, so this song's really about embracing who you are and knowing that, no matter what, somebody loves you without condition."
  • The song became Lambert's second country chart-topper, when it replaced Sara Evans' "A Little Bit Stronger," at #1 on the chart dated May 28, 2011. It marked the first time women had topped Country Songs consecutively since Taylor Swift's "Love Story" replaced Carrie Underwood's "Just a Dream" in November 2008.
  • Miranda Lambert has several tattoos, including one that is a pair of crossed pistols adorned with angel wings. She got that particular bit of body art when she was 22 on tour with George Strait. She recalls her father's reaction to first seeing her new inking during this song.

    Daddy cried when he saw my tattoo
    Said he loved me anyway

    "It's the first thing I ever did without asking my parents," Lambert explained to USA Weekend. "My dad didn't speak to me for a week."

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  • James Amburgey from ChicagoKeep the faith MIRANDA, Your making all the moves and look great doing it
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