Dixie Chicks Not Ready To Make Nice

The Dixie Chicks have made a clear statement with their music video for “Not Ready To Make Notice”. The song, “Not Ready To Make Nice”, is a black and white response to the wave of negative responses to the trio after their comments about George W. Bush and the Iraq war. Despite threats, concert boycotts and disapproval from media, the three band members stand together committed to thinking and speaking about the issues surrounding their country’s engagement with the wider world. This is despite the tension the three face as they struggle with the appropriate level of honest public comment linked with their performance.

Martie and Emily with black handmarks on their dresses


The music video starts with a scene of Natalie Maines painting the white clothes of the other two band members, Martie Erwin and Emily Erwin Robison, with hands covered in black paint. Natalie is seen wearing a black dress with her hands on a puddle of black paint.

To talk without thinking is to shoot without aiming

The Dixie Chicks are seen in a classroom environment, wearing what could be convict clothes – black and white stripes. Their lesson focuses on the English proverb, “To talk without thinking is to shoot without aiming”.

The third scenario shows the Dixie Chicks in a medical environment. Apparently three doctors hope to cure Natalie of her madness through surgery. Head scans are shown in the background. Martie and Emily attempt to persuade Natalie to lie down and take her treatment. She refuses and upsets the doctors drinks tray.

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Doctors and Dixie Chicks in Not Ready To Make Nice music video

Credits

The music video “Not Ready to Make Nice” was directed by British director Sophie Muller, via Oil Factory, London.

Dixie Chicks won five awards at the Grammys for record of the year, album of the year, song of the year, best country performance by a duo or group with vocal, and best country album. The music video was nominated in the Country Music TV Awards, 2007.

Not Ready To Make Nice was produced by Rick Rubin, with engineers Richard Dodd, Jim Scott and Chris Testa, for Open Wide/Columbia.

Lyrics for Not Ready To Make Nice

by Natalie Maines, Martie Erwin, Emily Erwin Robison and Dan Wilson.

Forgive, sounds good.
Forget, I’m not sure I could.
They say time heals everything,
But I’m still waiting

I’m through, with doubt,
There’s nothing left for me to figure out,
I’ve paid a price, and i’ll keep paying

I’m not ready to make nice,
I’m not ready to back down,
I’m still mad as hell
And I don’t have time
To go round and round and round
It’s too late to make it right
I probably wouldn’t if I could
Cause I’m mad as hell
Can’t bring myself to do what it is
You think I should

I know you said
Why can’t you just get over it,
It turned my whole world around
and i kind of like it

I made my bed, and I sleep like a baby,
With no regrets and I don’t mind saying,
It’s a sad sad story
That a mother will teach her daughter
that she ought to hate a perfect stranger.
And how in the world
Can the words that I said
Send somebody so over the edge
That they’d write me a letter
Saying that I better shut up and sing
Or my life will be over

I’m not ready to make nice,
I’m not ready to back down,
I’m still mad as hell
And I don’t have time
To go round and round and round
It’s too late to make it right
I probably wouldn’t if I could
Cause I’m mad as hell
Can’t bring myself to do what it is
You think I should

I’m not ready to make nice,
I’m not ready to back down,
I’m still mad as hell
And I don’t have time
To go round and round and round
It’s too late to make it right
I probably wouldn’t if I could
Cause I’m mad as hell
Can’t bring myself to do what it is
You think I should

Forgive, sounds good.
Forget, I’m not sure I could.
They say time heals everything,
But I’m still waiting

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