Blake Shelton’s new album If I’m Honest is set to hit shelves on Friday (5-20), and one particular song, and a particular set of lyrics is stirring a bit a controversy before the album is even released. Shelton has already made it known that the album is going to be a very personal one, with the implication being that his breakup with country star Miranda Lambert will be front and center when folks are listening to the songs and digesting the subject matter.
That’s what has some so up in arms about the lyrics on one of the tracks, “She’s Got A Way With Words.”
She put the her in hurt
She put the why in try
She put the S.O.B. in sober
She put the hang in hangover
She put the ex in sex
She put the low in blow
She put a big F.U. in my future
Yeah she’s got a way
She’s got a way with words
Another lyric that has been rumored to be included in the song, but doesn’t seem to be confirmed is, “She put the B next to itch.” But whether that line made the cut or not, some feel “She’s Got A Way With Words” is crossing the line in the way a woman is being portrayed by a major mainstream country music star, especially in the tenuous environment of today where the issue of equality for female artists and the objectification of women is high of mind with listeners and music pundits, especially if the target happens to be a female country artist herself.
All of this has to be put into the perspective that “She’s Got A Way With Words” is clearly a breakup song, and such efforts are not always rosy, even if this one seems especially riled. It’s also worth pointing out that at the moment, the song is not on track to be released as a single to radio for wide public consumption, and Shelton didn’t even write it, like most of his music (it was penned by Wyatt Earp, Andy Albert, Marc Beeson). That doesn’t mean Miranda is still not the target, and rest assured, Shelton is hoping she is the one people are thinking of when they hear the song. And like with all songs, lyrics are not always meant to be taken literal.
Nonetheless, Blake Shelton is looking to walk right up to the line of decency with this particular track. Whether he crosses that line is up to the listener to decide, and likely has a lot to do with if you fancy yourself a Miranda Lambert fan. And as the second song on the track list, it’s not like Shelton is trying to hide it.
And everyone is talking about “She’s Got A Way With Words,” which is exactly what Blake Shelton wants, and illustrates how celebrity relationships and breakups works to juice the celebrity news cycle and keep performers’ names in headlines. So if people get too riled up over “She’s Got A Way With Words,” they’re probably just playing right into Blake Shelton’s hands.
UPDATE: A video for the song has now surfaced.