OFFSTAGE: Miranda Lambert’s Empowering “Baggage Claim”

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I think they should play Miranda Lambert’s new song, “Baggage Claim,” literally down by the baggage claim in airports and bus and train stations and just see what happens. I realize the “baggage” she’s referring to in the song, now that I’ve heard the studio version instead of the live one, is more of the emotional kind than the Samsonite kind. But when she’s singing that she’s been dragging around his sensitive ego and making sure his bags arrive on time for the dog and pony show, I wonder if it could actually do some good. And get some women to open their eyes to the needy men in their lives and start taking care of themselves first. This is the chorus: “At the baggage claim, you got a lotta luggage in your name/When you hit the ground, check the lost and found ’cause it ain’t my problem now/I can’t carry it all, I got a lot of trouble of my own/It’s all over the yard and the trunk of the car/And I’m packing it in, so come and get it.” Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but in a way, Lambert is empowering women with this song. She’s telling them that they too can focus on themselves once they tell that baggage-laden man to get lost. Right?

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.