February 4.2016 – Story Behind The Song “All Kinds Of Kinds” by Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert said: “‘All Kinds of Kinds’ is such a different song. To me, I heard this — my producer sent it to me — and I don’t know, I just identified with it immediately.”

She added: “I found my niche, I found my spot in country music, and everyone’s uplifted me through that, and winnin’ awards and havin’ hits, but I still feel like I’m a little bit different. And I’m glad for that.”

Miranda celebrates the diversity of humanity on this bluegrass-influenced tune. Amongst the different characters the singer references are Horatio the Human Cannonball, a dog-faced boy, a congressman who is a closeted cross-dresser and a pharmacist who secretly feeds herself and her family pills. Truly, “It takes all kinds of kinds,” Miranda sings, “to keep the world spinning.”

The song was co-written by veteran singer-songwriter Don Henry, who in 1990 co-penned Kathy Mattea’s Grammy-winning tune, “Where’ve You Been.” The other writer was Country Music artist Phillip Coleman, who penned in 2008 the original version of Ronnie Dunn’s hit “Cost of Livin’

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Ilsa was an acrobat who went and fell in love with that
Horatio the human cannonball
A wedding ‘neath the big top tent with barkers clowns and elephants
Sideshow family oddities and all

The dog-faced boy howled out with joy
As the tattooed lady was crying
Ever since the beginning to keep the world spinning
It takes all kinds of kinds

Thomas was a congressman with closets full of skeletons
And dresses that he wore on Friday nights
Phyllis was a pharmacist, a dab of that, a pinch of this
Concocted to suppress her appetite

When the children were fiddlin’ she’d slip ’em some Ritalin
And wait for Thomasina to arrive
Cause ever since the beginning to keep the world spinning
It takes all kinds of kinds, all kinds of kinds

When I play this old guitar from children’s shows to smoky bars
I take a break and think about the past
When I stood up in geometry and everybody stared at me
And I tossed my test into the trash

I scratched off my number while hitching out under
That bush league population sign
Ever since the beginning to keep the world spinning
It takes all kinds of kinds

Now some point the finger, let ignorance linger
If they’d look in the mirror they’d find
That ever since the beginning to keep the world spinning
It takes all kinds of kinds
All kinds of kinds
All kinds of kindsWriter/s: HENRY, DON/COLEMAN, PHILLIP

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