Song of the Day #4,331: ‘The Other Girl’ – Kelsea Ballerini (feat. Halsey)

It feels to me like contry artist Kelsea Ballerini is on the verge of crossover stardom. I don’t think the 26-year-old Tennessee singer-songwriter is destined to reach the heights of her friend and supporter Taylor Swift, but maybe she’ll be another Maren Morris or Kacey Musgraves.

Ballerini released her third album, kelsea, on March 20. It fits firmly in the country-pop lane that Swift perfected on her first few albums, with a couple of tracks that lean a little more Top 40.

That includes today’s song, a duet with Halsey that could have fit just as easily on her latest album. It could also have fit easily on one of Swift’s last few records — I wouldn’t be surprised if Ballerini had Reputation on repeat when she was writing this.

[Verse 1: Kelsea Ballerini]
I bet you’re from out west somewhere
Hazel eyes and dark brown hair
And everything you wear fits you just right
I bet you drink martinis dry
And never let ’em see you cry
I bet you’re more promiscuous than I

[Pre-Chorus: Kelsea Ballerini & Halsey]
I bet you’re bold, I bet that’s why you seem to occupy his mind
I bet you’re smart, but do you know about me? (Is it you?)

[Chorus: Kelsea Ballerini]
Is it me? Is it you?
Tell me who, who’s the other girl?
Who’s the first? Who’s the fool?
Who’s the diamond? Who’s the pearl?
Are you mad? Me too
And I wonder, in his world
Is it me? Is it you?
Who’s the other girl?

[Post-Chorus: Kelsea Ballerini & Halsey]
Who’s gonna put on the red dress
Scarlet letter on her chest
Can’t love with this on her conscience
Tell me, who’s the other girl, girl, girl, girl?

[Verse 2: Halsey & Kelsea Ballerini]
Are you the one he’s talkin’ to
When he gets up and leaves the room
And comes back with a distance in his eyes? (Ah)
Maybe I should be the one to leave
But damn, when he starts lovin’ me
It makes me think I’m all that’s on his mind (Ah, ah)

[Chorus: Halsey]
Is it me? Is it you?
Tell me who, who’s the other girl?
Who’s the first? Who’s the fool?
Who’s the diamond? Who’s the pearl?
Are you mad? Me too
And I wonder, in his world
Is it me? Is it you?
Who’s the other girl?

[Post-Chorus: Kelsea Ballerini & Halsey]
Who’s gonna put on the red dress
Scarlet letter on her chest
Can’t love with this on her conscience
Tell me, who’s the other girl, girl, girl, girl?

[Bridge: Halsey & Kelsea Ballerini]
I bet you’re cool, I bet that’s why you seem to occupy his time
I bet by now, you know about me (And you know about me)

[Chorus: Kelsea Ballerini & Halsey]
Is it me? (Is it me?) Is it you? (Is it you?)
Tell me who, who’s the other girl?
Who’s the first? (Who’s the first?) Who’s the fool? (Who’s the fool? Yeah)
Who’s the diamond? Who’s the pearl?
Are you mad? (Are you mad?) Me too (Me too)
And I wonder, in his world
Is it me? (Is it me?) Is it you? (Is it you?)
Who’s the other girl?

[Post-Chorus: Kelsea Ballerini & Halsey]
Who’s gonna put on the red dress
Scarlet letter on her chest
Can’t love with this on her conscience
Tell me, who’s the other girl, girl, girl, girl?

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,331: ‘The Other Girl’ – Kelsea Ballerini (feat. Halsey)

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’ve never heard of Kelsea, but I definitely hear the Swift influence. Good song.

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