Country artist Kelsea Ballerini is a rising star on the Country Music scene. Her accolades include the 2016 ACM Award for Best New Artist and a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. She has released one album, First Time, and the song lyrics listed below are all from this inaugural album. Ballerini has had a hand in writing the lyrics for every song on this album. Ballerini is a storyteller, and her songs tell the stories of love, romance, broken affairs, and respecting yourself enough to know what you need in a relationship.
5. “First Time”
Kelsea plans a reunion with a past love. She puts on her makeup and perfume and sits on the porch to wait for him, but he never shows up.
"But you never called, never showed up
Guess somethings never change
And just like living in a flashback... you let me down again
That's why the past should be the past
Far behind, back of mind, out of the way
Let the memories burn and crash
Cause sittin' here looking at the driveway
Is just tearin my heart back in half
Like nothing’s changed except the time that's passed
And that's why good-bye should mean good-bye
The first time"
4. “Yeah Boy”
Lusty song invites a boy to spend time with her and make her his girl.
I'm digging what you're doing
I'm trying to keep it cool
But you're making it hard, I'm wishing your arms
Were wrapping me up tight
You shine and you can't even help it
Your eyes could make the moon jealous
And if you wanna know if I wanna be your girl tonight, yeah
Kelsea wants to place dibs on a man she desires.
"If you got a kiss on your lips that you're looking for somebody to take (hey)
If you got a heart that ain't afraid of love ain't afraid to break (hey)
If you've got a Friday night free and a shotgun seat
Well I'm just saying, I ain't got nowhere to be
So baby I'll take whatever it is you've got to give
I'm calling dibs
On your lips
On your kiss
On your time
Boy, I'm calling dibs
On your hand
On your heart
2. “Peter Pan”
Kelsea realizes that her boyfriend is never going to grow up and be the man she needs because he is always chasing stars. ‘
"You’re always gonna fly away, just because you know you can
You’re never gonna learn there’s no such place as Neverland[cn1]
You don’t understand
You’ll never grow up
You’re never gonna be a man
You're just a lost boy,
Yeah, I know who you are
And you don't know what you lost, boy,
Too busy chasing stars"
She doesn’t have time to waste to men who waste her time playing games in “Love Me Like You Mean It.”
"Oh hey, I've had my share of losers, liars and users
Looking for a heart to break
So if you’re like that well, take a step back
'Cause I don't have time to waste on the boys that are playing the game
Or leaving the girls crying out in the rain
So tell me baby are you just crazy or crazy over me
If your gonna hold me, hold me like I'm leaving
If your gonna kiss me, kiss me like you need it
Baby if you’re not your best get to leavin'"