"Automatic" as written by Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert and Nicolle Galyon....
Quarter in a payphone
Drying laundry on the line
Watching Sun Tea in the window
Pocket Watch tellin' time
Seems like only yesterday, I'd get a blank cassette
Record the country countdown, 'cause I couldn't buy it yet

If we drove
All the way to Dallas just to buy an Easter dress
We’d take along a Rand McNally,
Stand in line to pay for gas
God knows that shifting gears
Ain’t what it used to be
I learned to drive that 55
Just like a queen, three on a tree

Hey whatever happened to,
Waitin' your turn
Doing it all by hand,
'Cause when everything is handed to you
It's all only worth as much as the time you put in
In all just seems so good the way we had it
Back before everything became, automatic

If you had something to say
You'd write it on a piece of paper
Then you put a stamp on it
And they'd get it three days later
Boys would call the girls
And girls would turn them down
Staying married was on the way to work your problems out

Hey whatever happened to,
Waitin' your turn
Doing it all by hand,
'Cause when everything is handed to you
It's all only worth as much as the time you put in
It all just seems so good the way we had it
Back before everything became, automatic yeah

Automatic

Let's pull the windows down
Windows with the cranks
Come on let's take a picture
The kind you gotta shake

Hey whatever happened to,
Waitin' your turn
Doing it all by hand,
'Cause when everything is handed to you
It's all only worth
As much as the time you put in
It all just seems so good the way we had it
Back before everything became, automatic yeah

Automatic


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"Automatic" as written by Natalie Hemby Miranda Lambert

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    My InterpretationIt's about how the way things were were better than the way things are. I still roll my windows down by cranking them and hang laundry on the clothesline. Unfortunately, there will always be some inventor who doesn't like the way we had it. Thomas Edison didn't like seeing people in the dark, so he invented the light bulb so people could see their way in the dark. He's probably rolling in his grave because of this song.
    seeingon August 01, 2014   Link
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    General CommentAlso, those automatic things were created by hand, so what does that tell you?
    seeingon August 01, 2014   Link
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    My OpinionThis song reinforces every sterotype there is of country music fans as ignorant, delusional self-righteous old white folks.

    Since when is driving 90 minutes into the city to buy a dress "doing it all by hand"? This lady is confusing her upper-middle class early 60's Dallas-Ft. Worth upbringing with pre-Civil War hard-scrabble subsistence living she can't possibly have any concept of. Get a clue lady, you grew up in post-Industrial corporate America just like all the rest of us. You're a professional musician. You don't put in the time to do your own makeup by hand, why would you presume to lecture anyone else?
    tuxroseon December 17, 2015   Link

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