101/102 17 April 2013 Word Count: 1279 Two Black Cadillacs In the summer of 2004, Carrie Underwood auditioned for American Idol in St. Louis, Missouri. Her audition impressed the judges, and she was quickly catapulted into stardom, welcome to Hollywood! Carrie had dominated the voting poles, winning each week effortlessly. Simon Cowell even made the prediction she would win the entire competition. On May 5, 2005, Underwood won and became season four’s American Idol. She gained a healthy fan base during the course of the show, and the winnings included a recording contract.
Today Carrie Underwood, worldwide, has sold nearly thirty million singles and more than fifteen million albums, in addition to her extensive collection of awards received. Her most recent chart topping single Two Black Cadillacs is a narrative, more on the dark side, with a dramatic yet thrilling metaphor. Underwood’s song, Two Black Cadillacs, exhibits the actions of two women scorned, the lengths they will go to acquire personal vengeance, and their ability for keeping a secret, secret. We are introduced to the song right as important events are unfolding. “Two black Cadillacs driving in a slow parade.
Headlights shining bright in the middle of the day” (Underwood), are the first two lines in the song. Right off the bat I made the assumption that this was a funeral procession in progress. Its the middle of the day, two black cars are driving in a slow parade, what else could it be? This answered my question of where these cars were headed. “Ones for his wife. The other for the woman who loved him at night. Two black Cadillacs meeting for the first time (Underwood). ” As this concludes the first verse, with the information provided it is obvious that the wife and mistress are each in a Cadillac.
The fact that they were meeting for the first time really stood out to me. The women have never met before but, they both are attending the same ceremony, in the same type of vehicle, at the same time. Is this really their first introduction to each other? So far the wife and the mistress are attending their lovers funeral, leading into the chorus. The chorus is repeated three times throughout the song, in the beginning, the middle, and the end. The chorus states: And the preacher said he was a good man. And his brother said he was a good friend. But the women in the two black veils didn’t bother to cry.
Bye, Bye. Yeah they took turns layin’ a rose down. Threw a handful of dirt into the deep ground. He’s not the only one who had a secret to hide. Bye bye. (Underwood) At the funeral both the preacher and his brother stated he was a good man, and a good friend depicting that he was of good character. This is in contrasts to what has already been established. One that is of good character, you think, would not commit adultery; however he had a wife and a mistress. Based on his brothers, and the preachers, statement this leads me to believe that this man had secrets to hide and was a good liar, well he fooled them.
Both women were lacking emotion during the service. Does this mean they’re hiding something, or is it just their reaction to the bogus statements? The last line of the chorus declares he is not the only one with secrets to hide, possibly confirming my previous thought or its just a general statement. In the middle section of the song, it reveals how his wife discovered her late husbands mistress. The first half of the verse stated “Two months ago his wife called the number on his phone. Turns out he been lying to both of them for oh so long” (Underwood), he had deceived the both of them.
Neither the mistress or the wife knew about each others existence, let alone that this affair had been going on for an extended period of time. With this second half of the verse, “They decided then he’d never get away with doing this to them. Two black Cadillacs waiting for the right time” (Underwood), although its not directly stated, it implies that an agreement was made, and some plan or resolution was conceived between the two of them. The chorus then follows after this verse. After reviewing it for a second time, it seemed to make more sense and I understood it just a little bit more.
Based on my analysis so far, before the songs conclusion, we now know that an adulterer of a husband has lied to both his wife and his mistress about his extra curricular activities, and each others presence. The affair was discovered by his wife, along with the discovery that he was lying to both of them.. The two women had come to an agreement, and in a short period of time the husband passes away, and its at his funeral where the two women actually meet. At this point the husbands actual cause of death is unknown, but it is definite that the women are somehow involved.
The last line in the chorus states, ‘He’s not the only one who had a secret to hide,’ this infers that there is another secret to be determined. The final section of the song contains a small, yet powerful verse, followed up with the chorus for a third time. It begins with “It was the first and the last time they saw each other face to face. ” (Underwood) From this you can assume that after the funeral they have no future plans to be in contact with each other. “They shared a crimson smile and just walked away. And left the secret at the grave. (Underwood) The last two lines in this verse I feel are very crucial in the understanding on what’s been going on, and I believe they are the final piece to the puzzle. Both women shared a crimson smile, then walked away. My understanding of this was that the two women were in a silent agreement with one another, which was never stated or discussed, then walked away and left the secret at the grave. The third repetition of the chorus follows, now making full sense, providing a brief overview ending the song with the line “He’s not the only one who had a secret to hide. Ending the song with that line I think relates to the two of them leaving their secret at the grave. When it is said that the secret was left at the grave, what it really means is that the secret was left in the grave. The actual secret is the husbands cause of death, and that the two women are responsible for it. This is significant because throughout the song it frequently mentions him not being the only one with the secret to hide, his affair being his secret. At the same time the wife displays no sign that she is keeping anything from anyone.
She even kept her knowing of her husbands mistress a secret, although nobody knew he even had a mistress. When she discovers about her husbands affair and lies, as two women scorned, they conspire together to take him out of the picture. Two black Cadillacs waiting for the right time, the two black Cadillacs represent the two women waiting for the right time to implement their plan of killing the husband off. The execution of the plan allows the scorned women acquire personal vengeance, and their ability to keep a secret, secret. Works Cited Underwood, Carrie. “Two Black Cadilliacs. ” Blown Away. ARISTA, 2012. CD. Fitzgerald