“Girl in a Country Song”
Maddie & Tae
Written by Tae Lynn Elizabeth Dye, Maddie Marlow, and Aaron Scherz
“I ain’t your tan-legged Juliet. Can I put on some real clothes now?”
Maddie & Tae give voice to the girls who have become the ornaments in what seems like every uptempo country song of the last ten years. I really could quote the whole thing, line by line, and would have to if I wanted to share everything in the song worth quoting. It’s that good.
“Girl in a Country Song” is all about the disappearing of the female voice in country music. We talk about it a lot in terms of how few female artists get radio play, but we need to talk more about how the female experience has been largely silenced. Maddie & Tae touch on this when they sing, “Conway and George Strait never did it this way back in the old days.”
She’s right. Those two men have over eighty #1 singles between them, and part of the reason their fans stayed so loyal is because they wrote about real women, and the real men who love them because they are real women, not pinup fantasies that look great in the background. Too few songs today are moving past the male gaze when they talk about women, focusing only on how they look and how that drives the guy crazy. Yes, it’s shallow and dumbed down and often misogynist. But more than anything else, it’s boring.
Maddie & Tae have written and recorded the antidote to something that ails country music right now, and thankfully, they’re not offering it up with any sugar to help that medicine go down. I hope that it’s widely heard, and I hope the ones who need to hear it, listen.
Farce the Music has the lyrics and a listening link here.