the other girl - Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey

The Experience: Is it me, is it you? Tell me who Who's the other girl? Who's the first? Who's the fool? Insecurity. Am I enough? Or is someone else more loveable than I am...
The Vibe: Jealousy.
The Topic: Infidelity.
The Value: Love.
The Tension:  She can't love with this on her conscience (Can't cheat and truly love) VS. Who's the other girl (What if we're all doing the cheating?).

Music video: Still waiting.

The Meaning of the other girl: It's a triply toxic relationship. The question isn't even infidelity. Kelsea and Halsey's characters both know the other girl is out there. In this twisted love triangle in which infidelity is a given, the only consolation is believing you're the first and the other girl is the fool. But maybe you're the first and the fool since he's cheating on you. Or is she the fool because you're his first and only. Is there even a first? Are you both the other girl? Are both of you victims and he's the one playing you? After all, he's the one cheating... This whirlwind of suspicion, jealousy and hurt is what happens when infidelity taints what should total commitment. None of you can love with this on your conscience. the other girl showcases the common sense fact that a  healthy couple needs to be just that - a couple. Love can't be total and be split more than one way.

Ask yourself: Is your love committed? Or is there room for infidelity?

Album: kelsea (2020)

LYRICS:


[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 him see you cry
I bet you're more promiscuous than I
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?)

[together]
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?

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

[Halsey]
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?
Maybe I should be the one to leave?
But d-mn when he starts lovin' me
Makes me think I'm all that's on his mind

[together]
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?

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

[Halsey]
I bet you're cool
I bet that's why
You seem to occupy his time

[Kelsea Ballerini]
I bet by now
You know about me
You know about me

[together]
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?

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

review by Benjamin O'Loughlin

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