Kelsea Ballerini has finally released “You’re Drunk, Go Home.” the highly-anticipated collaboration with her friends Kelly Clarkson and Carly Pearce.
Released on Friday (Sept. 23), this song serves as one of 15 tracks on Ballerini’s new record, Subject To Change. Out of all the artists she could have chosen, she decided to go with two people who she felt could bring something extra to the confident tune.
“I was looking at my friendships, because I love collaborating with friends. And I was like, my first call was Carly. And without even hearing it, she said yes, because we just go so far back and we just have so much respect for each other. And we’re sweatpants friends. That’s how I categorize it now. It’s very offline friends as well,” Ballerini told Today’s Country Radio with Kelleigh Bannen on Apple Music Country.
“And then, I texted Kelly Clarkson the song and she did vocals that night. I’m also just [like], ‘That’s why you’re a superstar,’” she added.
This hilarious anthem reached a new level with the all-female trio who definitely brought the sass, just as Ballerini intended when she wrote it with Shane McAnally and Julian Bunetta. The powerful vocals are enough to draw you in, but the storyline will keep you listening as each woman tells the intoxicated person that he’s had a bit too much to drink.
“You’re drunk, go home / If you’re trying to hook up / Gotta do it alone / The way you’re slurring and the way you stumble / Ain’t no way you’re gonna get my number / Hey, walk away, so me and my girls can do our thing / I ain’t looking for a one-night rodeo / You’re drunk, go home,” they sing in the chorus.
After keeping the two female names under wraps for weeks and leaving fans to make their own guesses, Ballerini finally revealed on Thursday (Sept. 8) that Pearce and Clarkson would be joining her.
“So, y’all have been asking for months now if there’s a collab on the album, and I’ve hinted that there is, and I did post a little sneaky picture — and you guys are spies. You did guess that it is indeed my girl Carly Pearce,” Ballerini said in the clip on Instagram. “But but but, friends, I did fool you because it is not just Carly Pearce, we have a trio. Y’all, It’s Kelly Clarkson.”
She added a caption that read, “A sassbomb yeehaw collab moment?!? YOU’RE DRUNK, GO HOME with my sister Carly Pearce and hero sister, Kelly Clarkson. Available 9/23 can I get a yeeeeehaw?”
Subject to Change serves as the follow-up to 2020’s kelsea, which produced hits such as “Half of My Hometown” featuring Kenny Chesney, “Hole in the Bottle,” and “Homecoming Queen.”
The ‘90s-inspired tracklist for her new collection showcases her journey to becoming a country artist and the growth she experienced in the process.
“One of the things that I really had to have a conversation with myself about is, what does role model mean? And what if it’s not glittery? And what if it’s talking about things with a little more edge? And what if it’s talking about things the way I actually talk to my friends, when a camera’s off of me? That kind of stuff. And I think you hear a lot more of that on this record,” she told Bannen on Apple Music Country.
Following the release of Subject To Change, Kelsea Ballerini appeared on Good Morning America. Her 10-city Heartfirst Tour launched on Sept. 24 in New York, NY.