Kelsea Ballerini launched the deluxe version of her Rolling Up The Welcome Mat EP on Aug. 11, and it featured one model new music that took her into the subsequent chapter. The observe, “How Do I Do This,” tells the story of transferring on with somebody new after a breakup. Kelsea divorced her husband, Morgan Evans, after greater than 5 years in 2022, and the opposite songs on Rolling Up The Welcome Mat instructed her facet of the story concerning the cut up. “How Do I Do This” strikes into the subsequent section, the place Kelsea begins one thing new along with her now-boyfriend, Chase Stokes.

Within the first verse, Kelsea instantly delves into her nerves about assembly up with Chase for the primary time. “I haven’t been on a date since I used to be 22,” she sings. “My pal has a pal and so they say they’re my kind, and so they’re texting me as soon as, after which they’re texting me twice.” Kelsea beforehand revealed that she slid into Chase’s DMs after her supervisor “put the bug in [her] ear” as a result of he lives in Charleston, which is the place Chase movies Outer Banks.

The tip of verse one finds Kelsea agreeing to a date with the music’s topic, then diving into the refrain, the place she second guesses herself. “Bought a bit black gown, I wanna use it, and possibly lose it on a ground that ain’t mine,” she sings. “I feel it’s most likely time to maintain movin’, I speak a giant recreation that I’m afraid of losin’, every little thing I knew about love is ruined, it’s so complicated, so how do, how do I do that?”

Within the second verse, Kelsea fears that her date will deliver up the “elephant within the room,” which, in fact, is her current public breakup. Then, a second wave of tension arises as she wonders if he’ll “lean in” for a kiss on the finish of the night time and whether or not issues can be “too good to be true.” The music ends with Kelsea calling up a pal for a pep speak, concluding, “Is it flawed to take a shot? I’m freaking out, like, oh my God, ’trigger now it’s 7 on the dot.”

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Kelsea and Chase on the CMT Awards. (Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstock)

Kelsea and Chase first met on the finish of 2022, and had been publicly linked in January 2023. She confirmed that they had been seeing one another when she appeared on the Name Her Daddy podcast in February to help the unique launch of Rolling Up The Welcome Mat. In April, they made their pink carpet debut as a pair on the CMT Awards.

Along with “How Do I Do This,” Rolling Up The Welcome Mat (For Good) additionally includes a dwell model of the music “Penthouse,” in addition to the “Yeah, Certain, Okay” model of “Blindsided,” which Kelsea first carried out on Saturday Night time Dwell in March. Plus, the “Interlude” music now has a full size model, and appears to additional handle a few of the points in Kelsea’s relationship with Morgan.

“I ponder what we’ll say after we see one another ’spherical city,” she sings within the prolonged model. “We stated we’d deal with this the best manner, I suppose we’ve performed one another flawed now.” She additionally will get savage because the music continues, including, “I hope you sleep higher at night time now that you simply acquired a military of folks that imagine I’m the phrase you used to name me.” After all, this has followers guessing what phrase Kelsea is referring to. One other lyric that captured followers’ consideration is when Kelsea sings, “I instructed you mine, so when location died, what was your secret?” Right here, she appears to be insinuating that Morgan began hiding his location from her, main her to imagine that one thing fishy could be happening.

Nonetheless, regardless of including extra gas to the hearth with these new lyrics, Kelsea has urged her followers to not come after her ex on social media. “From the deepest and purest a part of my coronary heart, I ask that you simply assist this be ours and let the music merely be the music, not dig again into the expertise that it was written about practically a 12 months in the past,” she wrote on Instagram. “As a songwriter, producer and artist, I’m proud and protecting of this EP, and as a girl and human, additionally happy with the brand new, completely satisfied season of life I’m in.”

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