Tough-love songs

  • Article by: JON BREAM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 21, 2008 - 2:54 PM

Just like Miranda Lambert, these female country singers can make bad guys (and gals) quake in their cowboy boots:

"FIST CITY"

Tough gal: Loretta Lynn (1968)

Who done her wrong? A trashy dame who "brags around town that you've been a-lovin' with my man."

Inspirational verse: "You'll bite off more than you can chew if you get too cute or witty. You better move your feet if you don't wanna eat a meal that's called Fist City."

"BLAME IT ON YOUR HEART"

Tough gal: Patty Loveless (1993)

Who done her wrong? A man with a "lying, cheating, cold deadbeating, two-timing, double-dealing, mean-mistreating, loving heart."

Inspirational verse: "Well, someone's gonna do you like you done me, honey. And when she does you like she'll do you, it ain't funny."

"WHOSE BED HAVE YOUR BOOTS BEEN UNDER"

Tough gal: Shania Twain ( 1995)

Who done her wrong? A beau who's steppin' out with Lolita and Rita, Jill and Beverly Hill, Louise and Denise ...

Inspirational verse: "Next time you're lonely, don't call on me. Try the operator -- maybe she'll be free."

"GOODBYE EARL"

Tough gals: Dixie Chicks (1999)

Who done her wrong? An abusive husband who "walked right through that restraining order and put her in intensive care."

Inspirational verse: "Those black-eyed peas, they tasted all right to me, Earl. You're feeling weak, why don't you lay down and sleep, Earl? Ain't it dark, wrapped up in that tarp, Earl?"

"MY GIVE A DAMN'S BUSTED"

Tough gal: Jo Dee Messina (2005)

Who done her wrong? A lyin' cheater who "twisted my heart 'til something snapped inside."

Inspirational verse: "You can say you've got issues, you can say you're a victim. It's all your parents' fault -- after all you didn't pick 'em. Well, maybe Oprah's got time to listen."

"BEFORE HE CHEATS"

Tough gal: Carrie Underwood (2006)

Who done her wrong? A lover who's out with a "bleach blonde tramp ... thinking that he's gonna get lucky."

Inspirational verse: "I dug my key into the side of his pretty little souped-up four-wheel drive, carved my name into his leather seats, I took a Louisville Slugger to both headlights, slashed a hole in all four tires."

"PICTURE TO BURN"

The tough gal: Taylor Swift (2007)

Who done her wrong? A guy who loves himself "more than you could ever love me."

Inspirational verse: "Go and tell your friends that I'm obsessive and crazy. That's fine, I'll tell mine you're gay."

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