Miranda Lambert is certainly not the first country singer to sing about unwanted teenage pregnancies, like she does on “Babies Makin’ Babies.”
Right off the top of my head, I can think of three I remember — Tim McGraw’s “Red Rag Top,” Kenny Chesney‘s “There Goes My Life” and Eric Church’s “Two Pink Lines.”
But Lambert may be the first one to actually celebrate the reality that babies will make babies. But then once the baby is born, it’s no longer unwanted. Chesney’s song did that, too, but his seemed to go right from “I’m too young for this” to her “heading off to the West Coast.”
(McGraw’s song ended with an abortion and Church’s with the relief that she wasn’t really pregnant after all.)
“Once it’s here, everybody’s like, ‘Oh, the baby’s here!’ And they’re buying clothes,” Lambert says in a video on Billboard.com. “Nobody cares that the people who had it are 18 anymore.”
In particular, she’s referencing the lyric that says, “Oh, but all has been forgiven/On the day the water christen/The best thing that could have happened by mistake.”
She’s talking with songwriters Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby and Jimmy Robbins, and they all agree something needed to be said about the issue.
“It’s not something that people want to necessarily talk about,” Lambert says. “But everybody should because it’s happening everywhere.”