Welcome to our ‘The Truth Behind the Song’ feature. For this feature, we’ve asked a number of our favourite artists to give us in-depth piece about a song that has a special place in their heart. Today we feature the wonderful Sarah Peacock, who gives us an insight into the meaning behind ‘Lady MacGyver’.
“Lady MacGyver” actually has an authentic back story. I have this friend named Kristi. I met Kristi in 2016 when I rented her Urban Farmhouse listing on Airbnb in Nashville. I was house hunting and needed a place to stay for a few months. Kristi has a 5-acre farm in Bellevue on the outskirts of Nashville, and she’s the real “Lady MacGyver.”
Right away I noticed she was a true bonafide badass. There’s not a single tool she doesn’t own, and there’s nothing she doesn’t know how to fix. And, I love that I never saw a man around the farm helping her do anything. Kristi could always get the job done herself. She always knew the best and cheapest way to repair a plumbing leak, hang drywall, add on to the house, or whatever. In fact, our little joke was that if there was a full day’s work to be done that she’d “have it done by noon.” I ripped that line in verse two straight from our actual conversation! The cool thing about this song to me is that it’s so relevant right now with all the female empowerment going on in Americana and country music. There’s been a movement to get women back front and center for a long time on radio and in festival lineups. And, it’s working!
“Lady MacGyver” is a feminist anthem with a tool belt that breaks the stereotype for gender roles and celebrates female ingenuity. Women that don’t need a man to show them how it’s done inspire the crap out of me. And, I’m so happy that I have a song to join this powerful movement of women taking over the music scene!