Kelsea Ballerini is taking her fans back to high school with her latest single, and the story behind the track is so relatable.
Ballerini recently dropped “High School,” the third single off her upcoming sophomore album, Unapologetically. In an interview with the Time ahead of the song’s release, the “Peter Pan” singer opened up about its origins.
“Honestly, this is the one song that I’ve written by myself in the last two years, so it’s really special to me. I wrote it so quickly,” Ballerini told Time about the new song.
When speaking about “High School,” Ballerini explained that the song is mean to reflect the many ways life changes a lot during the teen years (the singer herself moved to Nashville to pursue her singing career at age 15).
“I think sometimes when you go back to your hometown after your life has changed so much, you realize that some things don’t change — and some things do. And I was one of the things that did,” she explained to the publication. “Part of that was really bitter, and part of that was really sweet. I think it was just one of those songs where I realized that I’d changed a lot.”
The 24-year-old singer revealed that the album is broken down into three sections, and “High School” is a part of the “life” section.
“It’s not necessarily about the boy that the song is referring to: it’s about that moment when you realize you’ve outgrown your young self,” she added. “You’ve changed, and you’ve evolved and you don’t fit somewhere anymore.”
With all these high school nods and talk about times changing, we can’t wait to see what the rest of Ballerini’s album sounds like!
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