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At Tuesday night’s (Oct. 30) BMI Country Awards in Nashville, I had the chance to catch up with the Pistol Annies. And when a band comes together like they did and has such a natural gift for writing genuine country songs, I had to know what songs kicked off their collective talents. Fortunately, all three Annies — Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe — have vivid memories of the first tunes they wrote.
“I started when I was about 14, and wrote half of one,” Lambert told me. “But the very first song I finished was when I was 17, and it was called ‘Take Me Back to Texas.’ It wasn’t very good.”
Presley took a stab at it when she was a teenager, too.
“I was probably 16, and I wrote one called ‘Fairy Tale Land,’ and it was about me moving away and going to college and leaving your parents,” she said. “It was awful. I would die if anyone heard it.” Referring to Loretta Lynn‘s first single, she added, “It was no ‘Honky Tonk Girl,’ that’s for sure.”
Monroe recalls her first attempt having a lot of blanks.
“It was called ‘I Need You More Every Day,’” she said. “I kept filling in the blanks with ‘Oh, I.’ So it had a zillion ‘Oh I’s’ in it.”
“But when songs are about how everything is perfect all the time, it starts to gets on your nerves a little bit,” she said.