Kelsea Ballerini released a short film/compilation of 6 songs today entitled Rolling Up The Welcome Mat. It chronicles the story of her divorce from Australian country artist Morgan Evans. Morgan previously documented his feeling about the couple’s break up in the emotional track Over For You. It’s a fantastic song. But there are two sides to every story. I thought we’d hear about it on Kelsea’s recent album Heartfirst. That album didn’t give me the breakup songs I wanted. But she delivered with Rolling Up The Welcome Mat. The project is first and foremost a short film. I’d highly recommend watching it that way first. The music is brought to life by the visuals and the songs fit together telling a story. But once you’ve experienced it in the way it was intended, take a moment to really pay attention to the lyrics on Rolling Up The Welcome Mat.
Rolling Up The Welcome Mat
Kelsea has been one of my favorite artists since her debut album The First Time. I’m one hundred percent a lyrics person. And there are just certain artists that are able to write in a way that I instantly relate to. She’s one of them. I love that she tells her own story, that she writes full concept albums, and that she doesn’t hold back with her songwriting. And this project exemplifies that perfectly. It shows her growth as an artist, a songwriter, a producer (she wrote and directed the short film), and a person.
On first listen to this (I’ve already lost count of how many its been now), there were several lyrics that jumped out at me and stopped me in my tracks. Some for their creativity, some for the clues they give us about what happened between her and Morgan, and some because they instantly made me feel something related to my own life. There are 18 of my favorite lyrics from Kelsea Ballerini’s Rolling Up The Welcome Mat.