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* IsntItIronic: "Independence Day" is subject to this, often getting played during patriotic holidays despite its actual theme of escaping an abusive relationship.

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* IsntItIronic: "Independence Day" is subject to this, often getting played during patriotic holidays despite its actual theme of escaping an abusive relationship. Gretchen Peters, the original songwriter, [[https://www.gretchenpeters.com/2018/07/independence-day/ wrote a blog post about how she wanted to distance herself from it because of this]], but got convinced otherwise by a gay man writing about what the song meant to him.

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* TheAlcoholic: "Cheap Whiskey" is about a man whose alcoholism becomes so severe that it tears his marriage apart.

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** In "Independence Day," the last verse mentions sending the then-child singer to the "county home," implying that her mother burned down the home with both her and her abusive husband inside.


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** "Independence Day" is set on the Fourth of July and the chorus invokes a lot of patriotic iconography, but also refers to the independence the singer's mother gains from her abusive husband.


* YourCheatingHeart: "Cheap Whiskey" is about a man who is driven to drink after getting outed in an affair.


* CerebusSyndrome: From about ''Emotion'' onward, almost everything she did was a dead-serious "issue" song along the lines of "A Broken Wing". Among them: "Love's the Only House" (a general message of comfort to people in need), "Concrete Angel" (child abuse), "In My Daughter's Eyes" (messages of worldly positivity filtered through a child), "God's Will" (about a handicapped kid showing her how to love), "Anyway" (a vaguely religious-themed empowerment anthem), and "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" (breast cancer). Even when she does do an uptempo, it's almost invariably big, anthemic and life-empowering ("Ride", "Wrong Baby Wrong"), about domestic bliss ("Blessed", "I Just Call You Mine"), or both ("This One's for the Girls"). This is also an example of IssueDrift.



* DrivenToSuicide: It's somewhat ambiguous, but the final verse of "A Broken Wing" seems to suggest this is what happened to the song's protagonist after a long period of unbearable emotional abuse from her husband. (The lyrics could also be interpreted to mean that the protagonist ran off to start a new life.)

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* DrivenToSuicide: It's somewhat ambiguous, but One possible interpretation of the final last verse of "A Broken Wing" seems to suggest this is what happened ("''He went up to the song's protagonist after bedroom / Found a long period of unbearable emotional abuse from note by the window / With the curtains blowin' in the breeze''").
* DualMeaningChorus: "Wrong Again": she was "wrong again" about
her husband. (The lyrics could also be interpreted to mean that man being the protagonist ran off right one for her, about him learning to start a new life.) see the error of his ways, and about her never being able to get over him once he leaves.



* IsntItIronic: "Independence Day" is often subject to this, often getting played during patriotic holidays despite its actual theme of escaping an abusive relationship.

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* IsntItIronic: "Independence Day" is often subject to this, often getting played during patriotic holidays despite its actual theme of escaping an abusive relationship.relationship.
* IssueDrift: From about ''Emotion'' onward, almost everything she did was a dead-serious "issue" song along the lines of "A Broken Wing". Among them: "Love's the Only House" (a general message of comfort to people in need), "Concrete Angel" (child abuse), "In My Daughter's Eyes" (messages of worldly positivity filtered through a child), "God's Will" (about a handicapped kid showing her how to love), "Anyway" (a vaguely religious-themed empowerment anthem), and "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" (breast cancer). Even when she does do an uptempo, it's almost invariably big, anthemic and life-empowering ("Ride", "Wrong Baby Wrong"), about domestic bliss ("Blessed", "I Just Call You Mine"), or both ("This One's for the Girls").



* MixedMetaphor: In "Ride":
-->Life is a roller coaster ride\\
Time turns the wheel and love collides

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* MixedMetaphor: In "Ride":
-->Life
"Ride" contains the lyric "''Life is a roller coaster ride\\
ride / Time turns the wheel and love collidescollides''".



* {{Retraux}}: ''Timeless'' was deliberately recorded as an homage to 1960s and 1970s country, with less polished production to make it feel more authentic.
* SelfEmpowermentAnthem: "This One's For The Girls"

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* {{Retraux}}: ''Timeless'' was deliberately recorded as an homage to 1960s and 1970s country, with less polished production and even older instrument builds to make it feel more authentic.
* SelfEmpowermentAnthem: "This One's For The for the Girls"


* AdvertisedExtra: Jim Brickman was credited for his piano playing on "Valentine". Justified in that Brickman is not a vocalist, and the song was originally from one of his albums before being added to one of hers.

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* AdvertisedExtra: Jim Brickman was credited for his piano playing on "Valentine". Justified in that Brickman is not a vocalist, vocalist[[note]]he's an extremely prolific and well-regarded pianist and songwriter[[/note]], and the song was originally from one of his albums before being added to one of hers.


[=McBride's=] hot streak continued through 2004, including additional #1 hits in "Wrong Again", "I Love You" (her longest-lasting, at six weeks), and "Blessed". She also topped the AC charts in 2004 with "This One's for the Girls". After a 2005 detour to traditional-country covers on 2005's ''Timeless'', she continued scoring lesser degrees of hits into 2010, when the underperformance of her ''Shine'' album led to her leaving RCA in favor of [[Creator/BigMachineRecords Republic Nashville]]. Her only Republic album, ''Eleven'', fared little better, so she moved to Kobalt to release another covers album, ''Everlasting'', in 2014.

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[=McBride's=] hot streak continued through 2004, including additional #1 hits in "Wrong Again", "I Love You" (her longest-lasting, at six weeks), and "Blessed". She also topped the AC Adult Contemporary charts in 2004 with "This One's for the Girls". After a 2005 detour to traditional-country covers on 2005's ''Timeless'', she continued scoring lesser degrees of hits into 2010, when the underperformance of her ''Shine'' album led to her leaving RCA in favor of [[Creator/BigMachineRecords Republic Nashville]]. Her only Republic album, ''Eleven'', fared little better, so she moved to Kobalt to release another covers album, ''Everlasting'', in 2014.


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* DrivenToSuicide: It's somewhat ambiguous, but the final verse of "A Broken Wing" seems to suggest this is what happened to the song's protagonist after a long period of unbearable emotional abuse from her husband. (The lyrics could also be interpreted to mean that the protagonist ran off to start a new life.)


I want to fall and know that love has caught me,

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I want to fall and know that love has caught me,me,\\

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->''I want arms that know how to rock me,\\
Safe in the arms of love,\\
I want to fall and know that love has caught me,
Safe in the arms of love…''
-->"Safe in the Arms of Love"

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* ''[[ChristmasSongs It's the Holiday Season]]'' (2018)


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* ''[[ChristmasSongs It's ''It's the Holiday Season]]'' Season'' (2018)




* CerebusSyndrome: From the late 90s onward, almost everything she did was a dead-serious "issue" song along the lines of "A Broken Wing". Among them: "Love's the Only House" (a general message of comfort to people in need), "Concrete Angel" (child abuse), "In My Daughter's Eyes" (self explanatory), "God's Will" (about a handicapped kid showing her how to love), "Anyway" (a vaguely religious-themed empowerment anthem), and "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" (breast cancer). Even when she does do an uptempo, it's almost invariably big, anthemic and life-empowering ("Ride", "Wrong Baby Wrong"), about domestic bliss ("Blessed", "I Just Call You Mine"), or both ("This One's for the Girls"). This is also an example of IssueDrift.

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* CerebusSyndrome: From the late 90s about ''Emotion'' onward, almost everything she did was a dead-serious "issue" song along the lines of "A Broken Wing". Among them: "Love's the Only House" (a general message of comfort to people in need), "Concrete Angel" (child abuse), "In My Daughter's Eyes" (self explanatory), (messages of worldly positivity filtered through a child), "God's Will" (about a handicapped kid showing her how to love), "Anyway" (a vaguely religious-themed empowerment anthem), and "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" (breast cancer). Even when she does do an uptempo, it's almost invariably big, anthemic and life-empowering ("Ride", "Wrong Baby Wrong"), about domestic bliss ("Blessed", "I Just Call You Mine"), or both ("This One's for the Girls"). This is also an example of IssueDrift.



* IsntItIronic: "Independence Day" is often subject to this, by people who ignore that the song is actually about a young girl witnessing a woman escaping an abusive relationship by burning down her husband's house.

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* IsntItIronic: "Independence Day" is often subject to this, by people who ignore that the song is actually about a young girl witnessing a woman often getting played during patriotic holidays despite its actual theme of escaping an abusive relationship by burning down her husband's house.relationship.



* RereleaseTheSong: "Valentine", a duet with pianist Jim Brickman, was originally released only to pop radio in 1997, but after it got some airplay on country stations, it was re-sent to country in 1998.

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* RereleaseTheSong: "Valentine", a duet collaboration with pianist Jim Brickman, was originally released only to pop radio in 1997, but after it got some airplay on country stations, it was re-sent to country in 1998.


[=McBride's=] hot streak continued through 2004, including additional #1 hits in "Wrong Again", "I Love You" (her longest-lasting, at six weeks), and "Blessed". She also topped the AC charts in 2004 with "This One's for the Girls". After a 2005 detour to traditional-country covers on 2005's ''Timeless'', she continued scoring lesser degrees of hits into 2010, when the underperformance of her ''Shine'' album led to her leaving RCA in favor of Republic Nashville. Her only Republic album, ''Eleven'', fared little better, so she moved to Kobalt to release another covers album, ''Everlasting'', in 2014.

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[=McBride's=] hot streak continued through 2004, including additional #1 hits in "Wrong Again", "I Love You" (her longest-lasting, at six weeks), and "Blessed". She also topped the AC charts in 2004 with "This One's for the Girls". After a 2005 detour to traditional-country covers on 2005's ''Timeless'', she continued scoring lesser degrees of hits into 2010, when the underperformance of her ''Shine'' album led to her leaving RCA in favor of [[Creator/BigMachineRecords Republic Nashville.Nashville]]. Her only Republic album, ''Eleven'', fared little better, so she moved to Kobalt to release another covers album, ''Everlasting'', in 2014.


* ''[[ChristmasSongs White Christmas]]'' (1998)

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* ''[[ChristmasSongs White Christmas]]'' ''White Christmas'' (1998)



* AbusiveParents: Present in both "Independence Day" and "Concrete Angel".
* AdvertisedExtra: Jim Brickman was credited for his piano playing on "Valentine". Justified in that Brickman is a vocalist, and the song was originally from one of his albums before being added to one of hers.

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* AbusiveParents: Present in both AbusiveParents:
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"Independence Day" and is about a mother who burns down her abusive husband's house while their young daughter watches, told as a flashback by the now-grown daughter.
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"Concrete Angel".
Angel" is a memorial to a girl who dies at the hand of an abusive mother.
* AdvertisedExtra: Jim Brickman was credited for his piano playing on "Valentine". Justified in that Brickman is not a vocalist, and the song was originally from one of his albums before being added to one of hers.



* ReCut: Happened to White Christmas several times. Originally released in 1998 with ten tracks, it was re-released in 1999 with two additional tracks inserted in the middle. It was re-released again in 2007 with four more tracks added in, and a reordered tracklist, and again in 2013 with one of the 2007 tracks replaced by a cover of Blue Christmas that she originally recorded for a posthumous Elvis Presley duets album, and a re-reordered tracklist.

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* ReCut: Happened to White Christmas ''White Christmas'' several times. Originally released in 1998 with ten tracks, it was re-released in 1999 with two additional tracks inserted in the middle. It was re-released again in 2007 with four more tracks added in, and a reordered tracklist, and again in 2013 with one of the 2007 tracks replaced by a cover of Blue Christmas that she originally recorded for a posthumous Elvis Presley duets album, and a re-reordered tracklist.

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* AdvertisedExtra: Jim Brickman was credited for his piano playing on "Valentine". Justified in that Brickman is a vocalist, and the song was originally from one of his albums before being added to one of hers.

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* YourCheatingHeart: "Cheap Whiskey" is about a man who is driven to drink after getting outed in an affair.

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