On This Day: Miranda Lambert Performs ‘Automatic’ Live for the First Time in 2014

by Katie Maloney

Miranda Lambert fans automatically fell in love when she played her new song “Automatic” in 2014.

Miranda Lambert performed “Automatic” live for the first time during a Sony boat ride on the General Jackson in Nashville. The Country Radio Seminar also included appearances by The Doobie Brothers, Brad Paisley, and Sara Evans.

The song is the lead single from her fifth studio album, Platinum. It’s a nostalgic look at the way things were before everything was, well, automatic. Miranda sings about what life was like when people use maps, fixed things with their hands, and simply slowed down. She sings, “Hey whatever happened to waitin’ your turn. Doing it all by hand. ‘Cause when everything is handed to you it’s all only worth as much as the time you put in. It all just seems so good the way we had it. Back before everything became, automatic.”

“Automatic” won ACM Single of the Year, CMA Song of the Year, and Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance at the Grammys. Additionally, Miranda Lambert won Song of the Year at the ACMs and Single of the Year at the CMAs.

Miranda Lambert’s “Automatic”

Miranda Lambert Was Inspired To Write “Automatic” While Talking About Driving A Stick Shift

“Automatic” spent 21 weeks on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart peaking in the number four spot. But what is the story behind the song? Miranda Lambert wrote “Automatic” with Nicolle Galyon and Natalie Hemby. During an interview, Hemby shared how the song came to be. She said that the song began with the title, “Automatic.”

“Nicolle Galyon and I, we were going to be writing with her [Miranda Lambert], and she was like, ‘I’ve gotta call it Automatic,’ and I was like, ‘Ah, that’s a really cool title!'” said Hemby. “We kind of came up with just a tad bit of a melody, but, as usual, Miranda is great about jumping in on a song and, lyrically, just totally going for it and throwing out all the great lines.”

From there, the group got nostalgic. They talked about Miranda’s old truck and driving a stick shift.

“…And we were just being kind of nostalgic about stuff,” said Hemby. “But really we started talking about her old truck … I had never driven a stick shift. So, I had no idea what she was talking about. But we were talking about that, and we were talking about all kinds of stuff – how you used to have to have a map before you could go anywhere. So we started writing from this perspective.”