Carrie Underwood Lyrics Analysis: “Two Black Cadillacs,” One Old-School Murder Ballad

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Posted by on 01/23/2013 at 3:12 PM Lyrics

In “Between the Lines,” we geekily analyze the the lyrics of your favorite songs, line by line, and–BEST PART–you get to join in and do the very same! Propose your own interpretation, tell us why we JUST DON’T GET IT, or lead your very own conversation.

Few country artists have made a point to keep the tradition of the country story song—a thriving form in the '60s and '70s that brought us chart-topping hits like "Ode to Billie Joe," "Harper Valley PTA" and "The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia"—like Carrie Underwood. Carrie's songs have always had strong narratives, dating back to her early hits about cheaters and All-American Girls, but now that she's moved on to crafting full-on mini-movies with her lyrics, the path of her transition from America's Sweetheart to country diva elder stateswoman is clear. New single "Two Black Cadillacs" is one of the best of these, the vidid title image used as a jumping-off point for a mysterious murder ballad that Bobbie Gentry would be proud to call her own.

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