After 14 years, the Dixie Chicks returned with new music on Wednesday (March 4), debuting their much-anticipated new single, “Gaslighter.”
Clearly inspired by lead singer Natalie Maines’ divorce, the song appears to blatantly call out her ex, Adrian Pasdar. Maines and Pasdar, an actor and voice artist, previously resided in Los Angeles. The couple wed in the summer of 2000 and were married for 17 years before Maines filed for divorce over the 4th of July weekend in 2017. According to reports, their divorce was officially finalized in December of 2019.
The opening verse is obviously directed at him.
“We moved to California and followed your dreams/ I believed the promises you made to me/ Swore that night ’till death do us part/ But you lie-lie-lie-lie-lied,” Maines sings. “Hollywood welcomed you with open doors/ No matter what they gave you, you still wanted more/ Acting all above it when our friends divorced/ What a lie-lie-lie-lie-lie.”
The chorus goes on to call him out for the mistakes he made, with Maines acknowledging, “you broke me.”
“Gaslighter, denier/ Doin’ anything to get your ass farther/ Gaslighter, big timer/ Repeating all of the mistakes of your father/ Gaslighter, you broke me/ You’re sorry, but where’s my apology/ Gaslighter, you liar,” they sing with their signature three-part harmonies.
The “Gaslighter” music video features new footage of the Dixie Chicks intermixed with retro black and white clips.
According to a pre-order link on the trio’s website, their new album will feature 12 tracks and will arrive on May 1, 2020.
Lead singer Natalie Maines previously teased the trio’s new music, revealing that her divorce inspired her to make music once again.
“When I started getting a divorce, I had a lot to say, so that kind of sparked me being ready [to make new music],” Maines previously shared during an appearance on the Spiritualgasm podcast. “Songwriting is hard for me, and I think for many years, I didn’t want to analyze my life or my relationship. I was just in it and dedicated and devoted. If I had started writing songs about it – I don’t want to say I was in ‘survival mode’, but I was just not ready to open up like that.”
The new Dixie Chicks album will serve as the follow-up to 2006’s Taking the Long Way.