Two Black Cadillacs (Single Review) – Carrie Underwood

 

Carrie Underwood’s new single, off her platinum selling album Blown Away and as a follow up to one of 2012’s biggest country hits Blown Away, is Two Black Cadillacs, a song which sets an ominous tone the moment the first note strikes.

Two black Cadillacs driving in a slow parade. Headlights shining bright in the middle of the day. One’s for his wife, the other for the woman who loved him at night, Underwood sings as a dramatic melody plays in the background. She immediately throws us into the setting of a funeral where a preacher man is saying the man being buried was a good man and his brother says he was a good friend.

But the two women in the black veils have a secret to hide. The story could very well serve to make a movie drama and Underwood delivers it effortlessly in a few minutes.

Two months ago his wife found the number on his phone, turns out he’d been lying to both of them for far too long. They decided then he’d never get away with doing this to them, Underwood lets the plot thicken. The women, taking turns in lying a rose down on the coffin and throwing dirt into the deep ground, also have a secret to hide. So they share a crimson smile and leave their secret with the man they killed, at the grave, to die with them.

Two Black Cadillacs is a hauntingly dark song by Underwood that serves as a one-two punch by the country star as she delivers her album’s most critically acclaimed tracks as back to back singles. The darkness with which her tone delivers this song would make you think she’s lived these events herself but it’s only telling of the caliber that Underwood has turned into as a performer. As she sings “bye bye” to signal the women biding farewell to the man who betrayed them both, you can feel her voice pierce through.

Two Black Cadillacs is a song where the musicians playing couldn’t stop after it was done so they kept playing and playing. Part of them jamming is found on the album track and will probably be cut with the radio edit. The song goes fifty shades deep and is Underwood’s darkest and most thought-provoking single release to date. From the haunting thumping melody that is reminiscent of a funeral march to the rich and multi-layered storytelling lyrics, Carrie Underwood delivers. Releasing a “softer” song may have been a safer bet. But Underwood is here to let her detractors know that Blown Away was just a storm warning. Bye bye, bye bye. 

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Two Black Cadillacs (Lyrics) – Carrie Underwood

 These are the lyrics for Two Black Cadillacs, off Carrie Underwood’s album “Blown Away.”

[Verse 1]

Two black Cadillacs driving in a slow parade

headlights shining bright in the middle of the day

One’s for his wife,

the other for the woman who loved him at night

Two black Cadillacs meeting for the first time

[Chorus]

And the preacher said he was a good man

And his brother said he was a good friend

But the women in the two black veils didn’t bother to cry

Bye, Bye

Yeah they took turns layin’ a rose down

threw a handful of dirt into the deep ground

He’s not the only one who had a secret to hide

Bye bye, bye bye

[Verse 2:]

Two black cadillacs, two black cadillacs

Two months ago his wife called the number on his phone

Turns out he been lying to both of them for oh so long

They decided then he’d never get away for doing this to them

Two black cadillacs waiting for the right time, right time

[Chorus:]

And the preacher said he was a good man

And his brother said he was a good friend

But the women in the two black veils didn’t bother to cry

Bye bye, Bye bye

Yeah they took turns layin’ a rose down

threw a handful of dirt into the deep ground

He’s not the only one who had a secret to hide

Bye bye, bye bye, bye bye

Yeah yeah

[Bridge:]

It was the first time and last time they saw each other face to face

They shared a crimson smile and just walked away

And left the secret at the grave

[Chorus:]

And the preacher said he was a good man

And his brother said he was a good friend

But the women in the two black veils didn’t bother to cry

Bye bye, Bye bye

Yeah they took turns layin’ a rose down

threw a handful of dirt into the deep ground

He’s not the only one who had a secret to hide

Bye bye, bye bye, bye bye

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

[Music outro]