The last year of my life has been one of heartache and healing, ... Of learning to be honest .... Accepting the flaws and celebrating the smiles. Finding peace in dark places ... having some moments alone with me. Facing fears and feelings... All of them. I got to know my guitars...became friends with a pencil and paper ... Used melodies to lead me places I had never been.... Made music with my friends. Because music is medicine. This means the world to me. Thank you for joining me on this journey. #vice #musicismedicine
The song doesn't directly talk about her divorce but rather describes the aftermath of heartbreak in a series of vices: listening to sad songs on repeat, drinking "sweet salvation ... before it melts the ice," sleeping around, and running to towns where she has no reputation.
Back in December, Lambert spoke about her split from Shelton for the first time to Cosmopolitan. "We were together for 10 years, married for four, were very quickly divorced, and are friends," she said in the cover story. "I'm still processing everything and figuring out where to go and what happened. [Marriage is] a tough business, and we gave it our best college try."