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Dixie Chicks: Not Ready to Make Nice Meaning

Song Released: 2006

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

I'm through, with doubt,
There's nothing left for me to figure out,
I've paid a price, and i'll keep paying

I'm not ready to make...


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    Dec 18th, 2017 12:27am report

    I'm reading these comments.. I want to make a correction about the person who commented recently, Christmas is six days away and not a week and a half. Only one comment was made in 2006. Previous comments I've seen was between 2007 to this year. I disagree with your observation, there are still songs about pure love, true love, faith, hope, self, country, family, and friendships. I agree times have changed but not all opinions are the same.
    - CONFIDENTIAL 12/17/17


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    Dec 17th, 2017 12:46pm report

    I'm reading these comments a week and a half before Christmas December 2017. Funny how people words music and meanings evolve over time. We are now in the era of Death Rap and gangsta rap in fact the Dixie Chicks song is nothing compared to what in the music of today's hip hop and rap. In 2017 it's the norm to sing about sex, sex positions, & oral sex all the time and many many also have hateful political statements within the song from beginning to end. I see most of these comments were posted in 2006 as I said we're at the end of 2017 & boy have times changed and people's opinions as well.


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    Aug 4th, 2017 8:45pm report

    Shame these very talented girls are the target of our sorry government (president) & Toby Keith (what an arrogant ass).


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    Jul 23rd, 2016 7:25am report

    anyone threatening a life over free speech really needs help, and very likely a hug!


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    Aug 2nd, 2013 8:13pm report

    Apologies for the spelling errors in the last post. Auto correct sucks...


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    Aug 2nd, 2013 8:08pm report

    For a start Nat WAS sent death threts and ever thing months song is directed at her statement she made in London at a concert about being ashamed that former President Bush Jr was from her home sated Texas. The only thing that is not some what true is the line "when a Mother will teach her daughter to hate a perfect stranger" a Mother was protesting in a picket and was trying to yet her son to say (and I quote) "Screw 'Em" meaning screw the Dixi Chicks and their song but for lyrical reasons they changed it to daughter instead of son.
    Otherwise every single word of this song is bashed on what she said at a concert and also what the backlash was.
    As for myself I live the song and everything the Dixi Chicks stand for.


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    Feb 15th, 2012 2:08pm report

    It's not just about the Whole Bush thing. in the bridge she says "I've made my bed and I sleep like a baby with no regrets"..Meaning she's content with what she has said and she's sticking to her comments. .."How in the world can the words that I said, Send somebody so over the edge that they'd write me a letter saying that I better 'Shut up and sing or my life will be over'" Toby Keith wrote Natalie a letter saying that if she doesn't stop he'll make sure she will never sing in america again.

    Opinon wise, Beautiful song. I can't stand Toby Keith's ass. Go Nat!


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    Dec 20th, 2011 12:02pm report

    I loved this song growing up without actually understanding what it meant. I could feel the emotion and conviction though, which is what I think I initially liked. After learning about the circumstances it was written (I was only a eight when it actually happened)...the song has lost some of its meaning. The country reacted poorly and I admire her for standing so strongly against the hatred and continuing to write music. Bravo! But at the same time...I think that there's a way to say something to get your point across articulately so you don't completley attack an individual. I'm not saying they should apologize for speaking their mind EVER and if people think they aren't patriotic that is just stupid, because it was them expressing their liberties under our constitution that got them into the mess - a very strong stance FOR patriatism...but I can't condone them for speaking without thinking. They said something people didn't like and I don't believe shouldn't apologize for that. But the fact that they couldn't forgive people for how they reacted? Cry me a river if you feel betrayed, but **deal with the consequences of your actions**. Don't blame people for acting on their opinions and still expect them to respect yours.


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    Mar 1st, 2011 3:52pm report

    This song is actually about how the dixie chicks lead singer was talking trash about george w. Bush and george w. Bush and toby kieth did not like that and when it got out to the press and started getting out it went local and worldwide! when people heard about this they started sending hate letters, black-mail, and threats! so the 3 girls and their songwriter got together and wrote this song from there "soul and heart" and what they are really feeling! the hate letters were saying that they have no position in politics and that they should just shut up and sing or they will die under any circumstances!


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    Jun 10th, 2010 6:33pm report

    It sounds like it's about a person who cannot forgive and find closure because they have been hurt many times and they don't know how to trust again.


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    May 28th, 2010 5:37am report

    It's about a woman that gets pregnant from her lover and he leaves her because the pressure and responsibility is just too much to handle. He tells her to get over it and just keep singing her song, and she retaliates by turning his daughter against him and seeking revenge. She's a woman scorned and is bitter, unable to let go of the hurt.

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    Sep 3rd, 2008 9:26pm report

    I get your point, but I disagree on the "patriotic" part; I would argue that these girls are very patriotic and just because they might not fit into the mold of what right wing conservatives would say is a true patriot, that the act of voicing their disdain for the President is the epitome of patriotism. Anyway, The song is about what happened in 2003 when the band voiced their disdain for the President of The United States while visiting another country. There was a fire storm (literally) where their cd's were burned in public and the girls (especially Natalie) received death threats from all over the US. They are expressing that the wounds from those events are not healed and they are not ready (NOR SHOULD THEY EVER BE) to apologize for their actions.


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    Jul 18th, 2008 7:27pm report

    They aren't sorry for what they said, and they don't understand why they can't voice their opinion. Just because they sing country music means they have to be patriotic? Doesn't seem right.


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    Oct 2nd, 2007 10:37am report

    Okay, so, everyone knows the story behind this. The lead singer Natalie made some comments about Bush at a concert a few years ago. Well, I say good on you Nat! Speak out for what you believe in. The doc inspired by this is gr8 by the way (Shut Up and Sing, go see it y'all) and I just wanna say that I love the Eurovision Song Contest! Ne1 who knocks it will have to deal with me!


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    Feb 13th, 2007 2:09pm report

    well basically I think the Dixie Chicks are just trying to make their music political. That way all the democrats will love their music! hey it worked, because they won, like five grammys!

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