It has been eight months since the release of her previous single. Now, Miranda Lambert is back with “Automatic,” the debut single from her fifth album which will be released sometime later this year.
“Automatic’ is a song about the good life,” said Miranda of the single “It’s about slowing down, taking a breath and remembering what it’s like to live life a little more simply. It’s not about going back, but reminiscing about what it was like to hang laundry on the line and wait for it to dry and my dad teaching me how to drive my ’55 Chevy that I still have but don’t drive nearly enough,”
“Automatic,” which was written by Miranda, along with Nicolle Galyon and Natalie Hemby, is a thoughtful, lyric driven song. It starts off with an acoustic introduction then builds to a mid tempo melody with an easy to sing along to chorus. In the autobiographical track, she reflects on the days of cassettes, watching sun tea brew, and driving to Dallas to buy an Easter dress. Many listeners of a certain age will be able to relate to lyrics that will have you fondly recalling times when you wrote letters, used a camera where you had to shake the picture to see it and rolled the “windows with the cranks” down. When she sings about hanging the laundry out to dry, I could see my grandmother's yard, the clothes poles, as we called them and smell the clothes on the line. A good song is supposed to connect to the listener, right?
Going a bit deeper, the song also points out the value of working for and at something, (“staying married was the only way to work your problems out,”) and taking satisfaction in the process instead of simply having instant gratification.
“Hey whatever happened to waiting your turn
Doing it all by hand
‘Cause when everything is handed to you it’s only worth as much as the time put in
It all just seems so good the way we had it
Back before everything became automatic”
One thing you should make "Automatic" is getting and playing this song.