Carrie Underwood, ‘Dirty Laundry’ [Listen]
Carrie Underwood seeks retribution once again during "Dirty Laundry," the fourth single from her Storyteller album. The uptempo pop-country rocker finds the singer letting everyone know her man is a cheater.
Underwood has done revenge well since "Before He Cheats," but this is the closest she comes to repeating the actions of her 2006 megahit. No one dies in this song — a seemingly demure and subservient wife just decides she's had enough when she finds lipstick and red wine stains on her man's clothing. Neither shade is hers.
"Dirty Laundry" is Underwood's fourth warning to cheaters, although a couple of other singles are in the spirit dramatic vengeance. She's becoming the master of the country subgenre, which is ironic because her marriage to Mike Fisher seems to be a picture of matrimonial bliss.
Musically this song relies on the stormy production she leaned into heavily on her Blown Away album. There's a colorful thread that's tied everything Underwood has done over the last five years together and she hasn't been afraid to lean into it again and again.
Did You Know?: "Dirty Laundry" comes almost 10 years to the day of the release of "Before He Cheats."
Listen to Carrie Underwood, "Dirty Laundry"
Carrie Underwood Shares the Story of "Dirty Laundry"
Carrie Underwood's "Dirty Laundry" Lyrics:
“That lipstick on your collar, well, it ain't my shade of pink / And I can tell by the smell of that perfume, it's like forty dollars too cheap / And there's a little wine stain on the pocket of your white cotton thread / Well you drink beer and whiskey, boy, and you know I don't drink red / Found it over in the corner, wadded up on the bedroom floor / You shoulda hid it in the closet / You shoulda burned it, you shoulda lost it.”
“Now I'ma have to hang you out to dry, dry, dry / Clothespin all your secrets to the line, line, line / Leave 'em blowing in the wind just say goodbye to you / All those midnights sneaking in / I'm late again, oh, I'm so sorry / All the Ajax in the world ain't gonna clean your dirty laundry.”
“If the neighbors get to asking, I won't cover nothin' up / I'll tell 'em every little detail, how you drug me through the mud / I'm gonna string up your old button-down and slide it on the porch / Just in case you get the nerve to come knockin' on my door.”
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