The Dixie Chicks’ Wide Open Spaces (music video)

Wide Open Spaces

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January 27, 1998 marks the date the Dixie Chicks released their first major-label album and added their musical stylings to the 'Girl Power' movement.

The Dixie Chicks Wide Open Spaces song was released in August 1998 as the third single and title track for the band’s album by the same name.  The song hit number one on the U.S. Country singles chart and spent four weeks there starting November 7, 1998.  This tune also ranked number 41 on the U.S. Pop singles chart.

The Dixie Chicks all-female group is made up of Natalie Maines and sisters Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison and rebranded to “The Chicks” in 2020.  Watch the music video and see the written lyrics below.

The Chicks Wide Open Spaces Official Music Video

Wide Open Spaces Lyrics

Who doesn’t know what I’m talking about
Who’s never left home, who’s never struck out
To find a dream and a life of their own
A place in the clouds, a foundation of stone
Many precede and many will follow
A young girl’s dream’s no longer hollow
It takes the shape of a place out West
But what it holds for her, she hasn’t yet guessed
She needs wide open spaces
Room to make her big mistakes
She needs new faces
She knows the highest stakes
She traveled this road as a child
Wide-eyed and grinning, she never tired
But now she won’t be coming back with the rest
If these are life’s lessons, she’ll take this test
She needs wide open spaces
Room to make her big mistakes
She needs new faces
She knows the highest stakes
She knows the highest stakes, yeah
Ah, ah, ah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
As her folks drive away, her dad yells, “Check the oil”
Mom stares out the window and says, “I’m leaving my girl”
She said it didn’t seem like a-that long ago
When she stood there and let her own folks know
She needed wide open spaces
Room to make her big mistakes
She needs new faces
She knows the highest stakes
She knows the highest stakes
Wide open spaces (yeah)
(Room to make her big mistakes)
(She needs new faces)
(She knows the highest stakes)
(She knows the highest stakes)
Wide open spaces
(Room to make her big mistakes)
(She needs new faces)
(She knows the highest stakes)
(She knows the highest stakes)
She knows the highest stakes
Highest stakes
Wide open spaces
Sony Music Nashville signed the Dixie Chicks to their revived Monument Records imprint and in late 1997, the trio released “I Can Love You Better” as the first single from their debut Wide Open Spaces album. All of the record’s singles including “There’s Your Trouble,” “Wide Open Spaces,” and “You Were Mine” all earned a Top 10 spots on the country charts.

The Chicks You Were Mine Music Video

Over the years, Wide Open Spaces has sold more than 13 million copies, blasting away the record for the best-selling duo or group album in country music history. In 1998, the Dixie Chicks sold more CDs than all other country music groups combined. The popular record also earned the talented entertainers a Grammy Award for ‘Best Country Album’ and RIAA diamond status certification.  The revolutionary musical project is available here for your listening pleasure.

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