Maddie & Tae’s “Sierra” is Like “Mean Girls” But Country Music

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In 2004, Tina Fey’s “Mean Girls” (based loosely on Rosalind Wiseman’s non-fiction self-help book “Queen Bees and Wannabes”) became an instant success. Girls everywhere agreed that the movie was all-too-real and very much like an actual high school experience.

Now, imagine that as a country music song and you’ve got Maddie & Tae‘s new single, “Sierra.”

The song originally appeared on the duo’s 2014 EP and was written when the duo was still in school and making trips back-and-forth to Nashville from their homes and high schools. Sierra was an actual mean girl making Maddie’s life rather difficult at school, so what’s a singer-songwriter to do? Write a song.

Though the girls are way past high school antics, this song is fresh, full of wisdom and old-school country vibes. And somehow, even though listeners know what the song is about, there’s still no way to root for Sierra. That fiddle kicks in at the 2-minute mark and you’re singing right along with the duo hoping that Sierra gets everything that’s coming for her.

A heart of pure gold is something very rare
And the only one she has is on that necklace that she wears
Acts like she’s some kind of movie star

Ooh, it might be not be Christian
To be wishing what I’m wishing

Sierra, Sierra
Girl, let me tell ya
One day, you might need those friends that you ditched
Sierra, Sierra
Life ain’t all tiaras
You’re gonna find out that karma’s a…..

To tell the truth, I ain’t even mad
Cause I know the universe is gonna get you back
All I have to do is bite my tongue

Ooh, I hope that I’m around when
You get knocked up or knocked down

This is the fourth single from Maddie & Tae‘s debut album Start Here. It’s important to note, that Maddie shared with Rolling Stone Country that she has since made amends with the real-life Sierra. Now, one can only hope that country music radio will make amends with these ladies and give this track more spins than their last single, “Shut Up and Fish.”