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Kelsea Ballerini "WHAT I HAVE" Song Review

Kelsea Ballerini introduced her latest release on social media by stating, "This song was written somewhere in between reflection and eagerness. Although ever changing, I'm happy with what I have."

So far, Ballerini's build-up to her new record SUBJECT TO CHANGE has featured upbeat anthems like the bouncy lead single "HEARTFIRST" and the '90s pop-country inspired "THE LITTLE THINGS." And although "LOVE IS A COWBOY" leans into the slower side, it still swings with a lifting breeze. The new era takes a slight detour with "WHAT I HAVE" as Ballerini trades in electric guitars and high-energy drumbeats for a sole acoustic guitar.


The track first debuted during a performance at the Grand Ole Opry; while performing, Ballerini took off her shoes in a symbolic manner, fully displaying the meaning of the song. The simple instrumental pulls attention to the substance contained in Ballerini's natural, yet poetic songwriting as the first verse opens with lines, "My neighbor's grass is the hit of the street / But that don't mean mine ain't just as green / I've been comparing shiny new toys / It's just the root of the thief of my joy."