LeAnn Rimes embarks on a cross-country trip to regain her confidence in the steadfast “One Way Ticket (Because I Can).”
A contented guitar opens the single, setting a relieved tone. Rimes has finished packing. She’s only bringing the basics. She’s leaving her home behind. She feels as though she is on the cusp of something great. There will be so much for her to discover. She’s nervous but excited to be independent.
“Standing on the border/Looking out into the great unknown/I can feel my heart beating faster as I step out on my own/There’s a new horizon and the promise of favorable wind/I’m heading out tonight, traveling light/I’m gonna start all over again.”
In the chorus, Rimes is going to buy a train ticket which will take her through the United States. She’s going to meet new people and deal with her fears head-on. She will realize she did the right thing by dumping her boyfriend and vows not to let it embitter her.
“And buy a one-way ticket on a west bound train/See how far I can go/I’m gonna go out dancing in the pouring rain/And talk to someone I don’t know/I will face the world around me/Knowing that I’m strong enough to let you go/And I will fall in love again/Because I can.”
She’s going to reach new heights and not let people walk all over her. She chides herself for being naive and thinking that love would be perfect. At the last minute, she was still unsure if she wanted to take the chance. The one-way ticket would mean she was free of any control and she could make her own decisions.
“Gonna climb the mountain/And look the eagle in the eye/I won’t let fear clip my wings and tell me how high I can fly/How could I have ever believed/That love could be so blind/When freedom was waiting, down at the station/All I had to do was make up my mind.”
In the bridge, Rimes says the relationship tested her strength and resolve. She’s been crippled by her doubt. However, with the trip she realized she needed to be her own person. Then, she was able to get through it.
“Well, I have walked through the fire/And crawled on my knees through the valley of the shadow of doubt/Then the truth came shining like a light on me and now I can see my way out.”
The chorus is sung again. Rimes adds that she’s going to be spontaneous and live life to the fullest. She’s going to do what she has always wanted to do but thought she couldn’t.
“I’m gonna buy a one-way ticket on a west bound train/See how far I can go/I’m gonna go out dancing in the pouring rain/And talk to someone I don’t know/I’m gonna buy a one-way ticket on a west bound train/Gonna have my breakfast with some pink champagne/I’m gonna sail the ocean, I’m gonna spread my wings/I’m gonna climb that mountain, gonna do everything.”
Although Rimes was only a tween when she recorded the single, her self-assured vocals make her age irrelevant. Rimes is determined to find her own identity and have some harmless fun, too. She does not bash her ex-boyfriend or engage in self-destructive behavior to discover herself, like many songs would have her do.Powered by Sidelines