Kelsea Ballerini is taking her fans back to high school with her new song “High School” from her sophomore album Unapologetically.
If the song isn’t new for many fans, that’s because it isn’t. Ballerini has been performing “High School” at her live shows for a while now. Earlier in the year, she also shared an acoustic version of the track with fans that is now posted on YouTube. But even if the track isn’t new per se, the studio version is and it has fans falling in love with the singer even more.
I wrote it after a trip to my hometown sitting on my bedroom floor wondering if I was wrong for leaving so soon and for wanting something different. The answer is no, that everyone has a perfect and right path, and mine led me to Nashville at 15, trading in prom queen for a big city dream and a slate that was clean. Y'all meet my baby of the record, High School is available now. #gobobcats ♥️📣
It’s a track filled with nostalgic relationships and looking back on the days where everyone knew your name and going out on dates on a Friday night. “High School,” tells the story of two people who had a relationship in school, but begin to grow apart because he can’t move on from his younger, wilder days, while she has “traded in prom queen for a big-city dream / And a slate that’s clean,” Ballerini states.
“This ain’t high school / Where all you care about is if the pretty cheerleader thinks you’re cool / ‘Cause it’s five years later, and you can’t get off of the elevator / That’s going up, ’cause you’re growing up / And the world gets cruel when you’re still living in high school.”
The track is one of Ballerini’s favorites on the album due to her writing it all on her own. And we can tell it’s a personal track for her and will be for many of those who listen. It’s a growth spurt for Ballerini and we can’t wait to see what else she has in store on Unapologetically.
Unapologetically is set to hit stores and streaming services on November 3.