OFFSTAGE: Miranda Lambert: “God Gives You the Pen”

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Songwriter nights are usually full of more jokes than tears. But last week, Miranda Lambert got sentimental at least for one song. “You never write a song because you know what it’s gonna do. There’s no crystal ball. I truly believe that some songs are already written and you have just grab them out of the air,” she said, “God gives you the pen.” That was her way of introducing her sad hit song “Over You” to the CMA Songwriters Series crowd at Boston’s Royale Boston nightclub.

But the rest of the night? Just songs and stories and laughs from Lambert and fellow writers and artists Bob DiPiero, Brett James and Kip Moore.

Here are a few of the best/coolest/funniest/sweetest things Lambert had to say throughout the show:

“Are you gonna sing some Diamond Rio? Because I’m gonna crap my pants. Nobody writes songs like that anymore. Nobody. This is some history-making shit, right here. Y’all need to be paying attention. Sorry. I love Diamond Rio. I can’t get past the ’90s. I’m trying to.”

“I told Kip that Brett and Bob were gonna make us look like [expletives]. And they did. They have — and they will — and I want to leave now.”

“I love songwriting, and that’s what I want to do till the day I die.”

“I write a lot of songs about boys. Mostly mean, sometimes not.”

“I realize that this song [mtvn_video_page id="142121"]’Famous in a Small Town’[/mtvn_video_page] means more to me now because I’m in the tabloids for being famous for something I didn’t even do.”

“Everybody’s having babies right now, and it’s freaking me out.”

“I love Montgomery Gentry. I’m such a big country gherm. I’m gonna be a backup singer in my next life, and I’m gonna get everybody’s autograph backstage.”

“I was taking my concealed handgun class when I wrote this song. They were telling us what guns were made out of. Seriously. I said, ’Dad, I’m gonna go outside real quick.’ And when I came back in, I had the chorus done.”

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