Carly Pearce has showcased multiple facets of her personality on both her critically acclaimed debut album, Every Little Thing, and her self-titled sophomore album, Carly Pearce. She has documented love, heartbreak and, every little thing in between.
Written alongside hit songwriters Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, “Next Girl” is an instrumentally cheery song while projecting Pearce’s tongue-in-cheek lyrical portrayal. The song serves as a warning from girl to girl that the guy that the new girl is seeing, may not be all she thinks she is.
“I bet you probably met him at a bar // Let him walk you to your car // I bet he said he never falls this hard // Yeah, I remember that part // He knows how to say all the right // Things, knows how to get you outta that dress // Knows how to make you think you’re the best thing // But I know what happens next, girl.”
The diction of the word “girl” at the end of each chorus is quick on the trigger; it’s clever. It’s full of vigilant guidance and alert for the next girl that may step into her ex’s path. There’s no confirmed answer, but it’s safe to say that it could be a dig at fellow country music artist, Michael Ray, whom she filed for divorce to this summer just months after their wedding.
Noted on the songstresses’ Instagram, “I’ve spent much of quarantine thinking about where I wanted my music to go. This was not easy for me, especially without having @busbee by my side this time around. The only thing I knew to do was to get lost in all of my old records. I needed to re-discover the music that captured my heart as a teenager: Dolly. Loretta. Patty. Faith. Trisha. The Chicks. Through all the listening, I was reminded how Country music always had these straight-talking women who were so strong and sassy. They were flirty, funny and feisty. And they weren’t afraid of banjos, fiddles, mandolins and dobro. I used that inspiration, both lyrically and musically, to create “Next Girl.” This is the music that flows through my blood, that comes out of my pores. It’s everything I love– and loved — all in one song, and when it’s rushing by, it just feels good… #nextgirl”
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