They’re loading shotguns and tearing up their ex’s cars, but Kacey Musgraves is proving country girls can chill out. “There was this cycle in Nashville where if you were a girl, you had to be really sassy: ‘You cheated on me, so I’m going to burn your house down.’ I’ve never felt a kinship to those kinds of songs.”
There are plenty of songs with heartbreak lyrics, so much so that it makes it seem as if it is an obstacle the girl can’t overcome. But as our favorite country girl gone pop star, Taylor Swift said, “You and I both know there’s got to be some greater story line for you than ‘girl gets heartbroken, was sad forever.’ I think a nice one would be, ‘Girl gets heartbroken, is sad for a while, but in her heartbreak she found freedom, friends and the ability to look back and laugh at all she’d learned.”
They all wear tight shorts. With short-shorts and cutoff jeans being incessantly sung about, Maddie & Tae got it right in their “Girl in a Country Song” hit: “It’s gettin’ kinda cold in these painted-on cutoff jeans.”
With all the lyrics promising “one hell of a night,” that most likely involves off-roading in some pickup truck, you’d think country girls live for country boys. Despite it seeming like they are devoted to their man, they still demand that they’re treated right. “Love Me Like You Mean It” was Kelsea Ballerini’s hit for this reason: “The song is all about being confident and saying, like, ‘You are not allowed to play with me. You have to really got to love me like you mean it.'”
According to Tim McGraw, there “ain’t nothing in the whole wide world like a Southern girl.” Looks like someone forgot to remind him Shania Twain is from Canada — and she’s been rocking the country world for years. She’s a favorite for a million reasons, her empowering lyrics being one of them. Plus, she’s just one of the many artists who aren’t from the South.