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The Dixie Chicks' Passionate Performance Of 'Not Ready To Make Nice' Will Give Y'all Chills

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There is a reason that the Dixie Chicks are the best-selling female group of all time, and that reason is evident in their 2007 Grammy performance of their hit song "Not Ready To Make Nice." 

"Not Ready To Make Nice" was released in 2006 off of the Dixie Chicks' album Taking The Long Way. The song was written by all three band members, Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire, and Emily Robison, along with Dan Wilson. The band wrote the song in response to the controversy that erupted in 2003 after Maines made a comment against President George W. Bush at a concert in London.  

The backlash the Dixie Chicks experienced following Maines comment was immense. Their songs were banned from some country radio stations and people protested against the band. 

"Not Ready To Make Nice" was the trio's response to all of that, saying that despite everything that happened, they still aren't ready to say sorry or "make nice." 

On its own, the song is incredibly passionate and powerful. It ended up winning three Grammy awards in 2007 for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with vocal. But it is only in the Dixie Chicks' live performance of the song at the Grammys that the song's true power and emotion can be felt. 

Maines starts off singing on her own, so soft that she's barely whispering. Maguire and Robison eventually join in, but maintain the initial softness that Maines set up.

As they progress through the song however, the intensity increases, and you can clearly see the anger and hurt in the Dixie Chicks' eyes and hear it in their voices.

Near the end, the three of them let their vocals erupt, filling the venue with their sound.

Then just as quickly as they grew loud, they drop down the volume again, with Maines once again whispering the last few lines of the song.

It's no wonder that "Not Ready to Make Nice" won the awards that it did, and with performances like the one at the Grammys in 2007, it's no wonder it remains the Dixie Chicks' most popular song to this date.

Watch the Dixie Chicks' fiery performance of "Not Ready To Make Nice" in the video below.

LYRICS BELOW

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
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 sayin’
It’s a sad sad story when 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
Sayin’ 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

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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