Written by Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, and Jon Randall
I find the other one – “Dear Old Sun” – a lot more interesting than “The Tin Man,” perhaps because Kenny Chesney insisted on releasing his own take on this idea twice.
Lambert is more creative than Chesney is with the concept, and the intimacy of her performance delivers melancholy without becoming maudlin. But it’s still a song about a conversation with a Wizard of Oz character, and the inherent limitations of that framework can’t be overcome by even an artist as great as Lambert.
The best qualities of “Tin Man” can be found on much better songs across The Weight of These Wings. I’m surprised this is a single, really, because it makes a better case for Wings not needing to be a double album than it does for buying one of the best albums of 2016.