Kelsea Ballerini’s ‘Miss Me More’ Celebrates Her Personal Independence Day [Listen]
Kelsea Ballerini's "Miss Me More" is a comeback song. The singer focuses on that glorious moment that comes when you realize you're better off without him.
The song is a hold-nothing-back, lean-into-the-details, pop-country celebration delivered with hard-earned scorn. If Ballerini was writing from personal experience (by all indications, she was), it shows during this emphatic, curb-kicking awakening. The 23-year-old star pulls from a wide variety of influences for "Miss Me More," drawing on contemporary country and pop, but also incorporating some slick rap phrasing into her rhythmic vocal delivery.
"I’m obsessed with the patterns and the rhythms of rap," Ballerini told Vulture in 2017. "I love that you can have hooks that you have to sing at the top of your lungs for it to really matter, like 'Miss Me More.'"
On her first album Ballerini traded with large emotions, but songs from Unapologetically are more nuanced. It's not the sweeping moments of bliss or the devastating heartbreak but the finer, more unique experiences that come after that she's focused on throughout a project that's largely inspired by the end of one relationship and the start of another. Consider "Miss Me More" the place where it all pivots — the exact moment night turns to day, or whichever metaphor you prefer.
TL;DR: "Miss Me More" is a dang jam.
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Kelsea Ballerini, "Miss Me More" Lyrics:
I retired my red lipstick 'cause you said you didn't like it / I didn't wear my high heel shoes / 'Cause I couldn't be taller than you / I didn't wanna lose my friends, but now it's hard to even find them / It's what you wanted, ain't it / It's what you wanted.
I thought I'd miss you (when it ended) / I thought it hurt me (but it didn't) / I thought I'd miss you / I thought I'd miss you.
But I miss me more / I miss my own beat, to my own snare drum / I miss me more / Miss my own sheets in the bed I made up / I forgot I had dreams, I forgot I had wings / Forgot who I was before I ever kissed you / Yeah, I thought I'd miss you / But I miss me more (I miss me more)/
I put on my old records that I hid in the back of the closet / And I turn them up to ten / And then I played them all again / I found my independence / Can't believe I ever lost it / What you wanted, ain't it / It's what you wanted.
I thought I'd miss you / I thought it hurt me / And I'd wanna kiss you / I thought I'd miss you / But I miss me more / I miss my own beat, to my own snare drum (I miss me more) / Miss my own sheets in the bed I made up / I forgot I had dreams, I forgot I had wings / Forgot who I was before I ever kissed you / And I thought I'd miss you / But I miss me more.