ALL SONGS

homecoming queen? - Kelsea Ballerini

The Experience: Even the homecoming queen cries... Where does the pressure to be perfect come from?
The Vibe: Melancholy.
The Topic: Weakness. Imperfection.
The Value: Authenticity.
The Tension: Look d-mn good in the dress (You look good) VS. Zipping up the mess (But you're not doing good).

Music video: Kelsea walks offstage leaving behind an enthused crowd. But it's different alone in her dressing room. She gets thoughtful. Looks deep inside. Halfway into the song her stagewear and makeup disappear, leaving her in plain sweat-shirt and -pants. A haunting image of her younger self appears, pulling at excess tummy in the mirror. She's real. That means tears. But it also means the tentative smile as the camera zooms out and she embraces the real her.

The Meaning of homecoming queen?: Hiding your weakness. Some women are taught to be hard: did your daddy teach you how to act tough? Some learn to pretend: or more like your momma sweep it under the rug? Almost everyone hides part of who they are: homecoming queen why do you lie? But there's another way: what if I told you the world wouldn't end if you started showing what's under your skin? Hiding gets hard. Being real, even when it means crying, is more attractive than any fake we can come up with. Not everything pretty sparkles and shines.

Ask yourself: Why do we choose pretend perfection over real happiness?

Album: - 2019

LYRICS:


Hey homecoming queen
Why do you lie
When somebody's mean
Where do you hide

Do people assume
You're always alright
Been so good at smiling
Most of your life

Look d-mn good in the dress
Zipping up the mess
Dancing with your best foot forward
Does it get hard
To have to play the part
Nobody's feeling sorry for ya

But what if I told you the world wouldn't end
If you started showing what's under your skin
What if you let em all in on the lie
Even the homecoming queen cries

Hey homecoming queen
How's things at home
Still walking on eggshells
When that curtains closed

Did your daddy teach you
How to act tough
Or more like your momma
Sweep it under the rug

Look d-mn good in the dress
Zipping up the mess
Dancing with your best foot forward
Did you want the crown
Or does it weigh you down
Nobody's feeling sorry for ya

What if I told you the world wouldn't end
If you started showing what's under your skin
What if you let em all in on the lie
Even the homecoming queen cries

Yeah what if I told you the sky wouldn't fall
If you lost your composure, said to h-ll with it all
Not everything pretty sparkles and shines
And even the homecoming queen cries

Oh yeah
Even the homecoming queen cries

Hey homecoming queen
Why do you lie
When somebody's mean
Where do you hide

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