Kacey Musgraves Says ‘Good Ol’ Boys Club’ Is Not a Taylor Swift Dis
The tune contains the line "Another gear in a big machine don't sound like fun to me," which some have taken as a jab at country-turned-pop megastar Taylor Swift, who is signed to the Big Machine record label. Musgraves, however, says that's not the case.
"It’s about not wanting to be part of anybody’s club, anybody’s big machine," she tells Radio.com. "Just wanting to go your own way and make a name for yourself. Being a self-made man or woman in whatever world or industry you live or work in. To me, it’s a universal message in that way."
However, in another interview, 26-year-old Musgraves admits that there may be a bit of a double meaning.
“I’m talking about a lot of different people,” she tells Fader magazine. “Any industry has its shoo-ins and people that get in because they know somebody, or their dad worked here, whatever. But, yeah, there is a wink.”
Still, Musgraves says that she has nothing but love for Swift, even though she doesn't aspire to have that level of fame.
“The idea of massive amounts of fame -- having my face on Walgreens end-caps and pizza boxes -- I don’t fantasize about that,” Musgraves acknowledges, in reference to some promotional work Swift did for her newest album, 1989. “Do I want to be comfortable, to live my life however I want within reason? Yeah. But I’m happy with just being a songwriter. I’d rather have smaller numbers [of fans] that are really into what I’m doing than a massive amount of people that don’t really know what I’m about.”
Possible Swift disses aside, Musgraves says that she hopes "Good Ol' Boys Club," which also says, "Favors for friends will get you in and get you far / Shouldn't be about who it is you know / But about how good you are," helps to continue the conversation about the lack of women on the radio.
"We just happened to come out of an era where there was a trend for women to not be saying much. It was more of a trend to have a pretty face or a big voice,” she says. “I think that’s changing. It’s only going to get better as more women come out with something to say. It’s definitely unbalanced, but I think we could fix that by making sure the women we support are making good music.”
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