I'm not ready to make nice

I'm not ready to make nice
I'm not ready to back down
I'm still mad as hell and
I don't have time to go round and round and round
It's too late to make it right
I probably wouldn't if I could
'Cause I'm mad as hell
Can't bring myself to do what it is you think I should

I think we all feel like that sometimes. Lord knows the stubborn side of me has felt like that on more than one occasion!

In the case of the Dixie Chicks (those lyrics are from their song 'Not Ready To Make Nice'), they feel that way about the public backlash to their negative comments about U.S. President George Bush. No matter what you think of their politics, or of the fact that they aired their politics at a concert, lyrics like this can't help but make you wonder about the violence and hatred that some people can harbour, and teach to their children:

I made my bed and I sleep like a baby
With no regrets and I don't mind sayin'
It's a sad sad story when a mother will teach her
Daughter that she ought to hate a perfect stranger
And how in the world can the words that I said
Send somebody so over the edge
That they'd write me a letter
Sayin' that I better shut up and sing
Or my life will be over!?

Reading the lyrics just doesn't do the song justice. The passion evoked in this song is amazing, especially when they sing the words above. Check out the video:

Link (in case the player doesn't work for you)

CBS News has an interesting article about the album and the controversy surrounding the group. Many U.S. radio stations aren't playing music by the Dixie Chicks due to their political remarks, yet 'Not Ready To Make Nice' is one of the most downloaded country songs on the Internet, even reaching #1 on iTunes and Amazon.com's music section.

Amazon.com has a free streaming video of the Dixie Chicks performing the song 'The Long Way Around'. Their new album, Taking The Long Way, comes out on May 23rd.

Forgive, sounds good
Forget, I'm not sure I could
They say time heals everything
But I'm still waiting...

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  1. i think the Dixi chicks are right!!!

  2. I think the Dixie Chicks are right in what they are saying in this song. So what, so she said something three years ago that angered people. Get over it. We as American's are entitled to our own opinions and beliefs. I love this song. It tells the truth. We as parents are teaching our kids to hate without getting to know people. It's wrong. If you dont like the group or singer, just listen and play the music. It tells the truth and that's what I believe offends people. The truth. Keep singing Natalie!!!!

  3. I wholeheartedly agree!

  4. You know I think the dixie chicks need a break. I think they only said what everyone else was thinking. And a few people got pissed off because they didnt say it first