Miranda Lambert‘s music is never lacking in attitude, and her latest single is the perfect example of that.
“Little Red Wagon” is a sassy and fun song that has won over listeners and bolted up the charts in recent weeks. The song was originally recorded by its writer, Audra Mae, on her album Audra Mae & the Almighty Sound. Mae says the song came to life during an eventful drive around Los Angeles.
“‘Little Red Wagon’ started out as this old summer camp chant that usually little boys sing,” Audra Mae told Taste of Country. “It’s like a little boy’s Army chant, and I couldn’t get it out of my head … I just got thinking, ‘What is this song? This is gonna be so good, but what is it? How do we do it?’ And one day I called my bass player at the time, Joe Ginsberg … I have this old 1972 gold Dodge Dart that’s called Goldie, and I said, ‘Let’s get in Goldie and just cruise the Sunset Strip. I’ll drive, you play guitar and I’ll write lyrics and sing, and we’ll do this together.'”
The song came together quickly, and it didn’t take very long until the tune started catching the ears of others as they made their way around town.
Soon after the song was cut and released on her own solo album, Mae’s publisher was approached at an award show by Lambert’s husband, Blake Shelton. He told the publisher his wife was “obsessed” with Mae and her work, but was too shy to try and interact with Mae. Soon after, Lambert cut “Little Red Wagon” for her fifth studio album, Platinum, and the rest is now country music history.
Since the song has been made popular by Lambert, some country fans have speculated on the true meaning behind the lyrics of the song. Overall, Mae says doesn’t have any real hidden agendas or meanings, but is more an ode to trying to keep someone else from riding your coattails.
“[It says] you can pull me along, and I’ll just sit here and let you do all the work. You’re gonna make me look so cool. It’s like, my wagon isn’t even all the way together yet, because I don’t even have my — at the time, I don’t have my career together yet. I can’t be bringing you along with me,” she explained.
Mae says she’s grateful that Lambert took a liking to her writing and only has kind words to say about her fellow artist. “She is a wonderful person,” she says. “There are some weirdos in this business, but she’s not one of them. I’ve never been more fulfilled watching someone or listening to someone sing my words. She did it in her own way, but she told the story, she got it.”
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