“Mine” by Kelly Clarkson

Atlantic Records released Kelly Clarkson’s “Mine” as a double A-side, along with a track titled “Me”, on 14 April 2023. In conjunction, they are serving as the lead singles from “Chemistry”, Kelly Clarkson’s 10th studio album overall and the follow-up to 2021’s “When Christmas Comes Around”. 

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Kelly Clarkson's Mine at Lyrics.org.

Clarkson, who wrote this song with its producers, Jesse Shatkin and Erick Serna, teased it on April 4th and first performed it live on her own program, The Kelly Clarkson Show, on April 18th, a couple of days after its release. 

In fact having long ago established herself as an A list singer, after a successful stint on American Idol during the early aughts, more recently, as of 2019, The Kelly Clarkson Show commenced via NBC and as of this writing is still going strong.


The Lyrics

It has also been pointed out that “Chemistry” is the first album Clarkson has dropped since she and one Brandon Blackstock, whom the singer had been married since 2013, divorced in 2022. And the reason that’s pertinent to point out in relation to these lyrics is because they do read as if they are based on romantic discontent between the vocalist and addressee.

Premise-wise, what we are met with is the former implying that the latter did her dirty. Indeed, in her current state, the narrator has become such that she has lost her innocence, if you will, i.e. now coming to realize that romance isn’t all gravy or fairytale-like and approaching the world accordingly. 

And this is besides being in her feelings as the victim of a failed romance, which she has more or less concluded was sabotaged by the other party.

What is further implied is that said addressee is too arrogant to recognize or admit that he did anything wrong. So as far as the title/thesis sentiment goes, what Kelly is looking forward to is an individual he later falls in love with likewise breaking his heart, as he did to her. Or as the vocalist puts in the chorus, “someone’s gonna show you how a heart can be used, like you did mine”.

“Go ahead and break my hеart, that’s fine (So unkind)
Eternal sunshine of thе spotless mind (Oh, love is blind)
Why am I missin’ you tonight? (Was it all a lie?)
Someone’s gonna show you how a heart can be used
Like you did mine”

Long and Short of “Mine”

Kelly Clarkson is enduring the pain of a shattered heart and wishing that the individual responsible for her anguish experiences a similar emotion someday.

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