Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris Team Up for ‘Way Too Pretty for Prison’ [Listen]
Miranda Lambert has already been giving fans a listen to several tracks from her upcoming release, Wildcard, but one of the highlights of the album that she has kept up her sleeve for a bit is her highly anticipated collaboration with Maren Morris, "Way Too Pretty for Prison." The two superstars ended that wait at midnight Monday morning (Aug. 26), after teasing the release Sunday afternoon.
The song starts off with a cacophony of guitar, ambling into a loping narrative from Lambert about a guy that's just no good. Morris joins in with the chorus: "He cheated, he's a villain, and you know I'd help you kill him, but we're way too pretty for prison. Hard time ain't our kind of living."
They go on to note "I don't want to talk about how those jumpsuits wash us out," and lament about the difficulties of getting lash extensions and wax jobs while behind the fence. A male-vocal chorus sympathizes with a retro "la-di-da-da" as the women ride along on the grooving, more than a little campy (in a perfectly executed way) single.
This is Lambert's first duet with Morris, but she had the fellow Texas native in mind right from the inception of the song. "I knew from the second we were writing it that I would love to have Maren on it," Lambert told iHeartRadio of the composition, which she co-wrote with the Love Junkies (Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose). "It popped in my head right away before the song was even done. So, I asked her to come in and sing on it."
The two women will continue to work together this fall. Morris is one of Lambert's special guests on her all-female Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour, which will begin in September.
Lambert is set to release Wildcard, on Nov. 1. She's released the lead single, "It All Come Out in the Wash," and fans have already heard tracks titled "Locomotive," "Mess With My Head" and "Bluebird."
Lambert is having quite the time the past few days, as she just won the 2019 ACM Gene Weed Milestone Award on Aug. 21, which the Academy of Country Music hands out each year to an artist who has had an especially impactful achievement in the preceding year.
See Miranda Lambert at the 2019 ACM Honors