"There's no one else, you are the reason I said goodbye," read the lyrics.
Kelly Clarkson's new music is full of surprises! The Grammy winner took to Instagram on April 13 to share the full lyrics to her upcoming tracks Me and Mine, which will be released on Friday, April 14, ahead of her new album, Chemistry, per PEOPLE. The lyrics of the songs address a breakup, with the 40-year-old Clarkson standing up for herself and contemplating a relationship after it has ended.
The new album details "the arc of an entire relationship; the good, the bad, and the ugly," the American Idol winner previously shared in an interview with PEOPLE. "Loved you so much. Took an army to pull me up. But now I'm on the other side. I remembered I could fly," she sings on Me, which seems to look back on the relationship with an empowering lens, per her Instagram post.
In the song's lyrics, it seems like the actress is hinting that her own divorce was prompted by insecurities. "I told you I wanted you. But you needed me to need you. Your insecurity... was the death of you and me," continues Clarkson on the song's second verse. "Too many times you questioned, what were my intentions. I never gave you reasons. You're the one with secrets."
"I bet you feel the absence of my love every night. There's no one else, you are the reason I said goodbye," reads the song's bridge. Meanwhile, Mine finds Clarkson in the emotional pits of the breakup, as the opening lyrics read, "You know I question every motive, everything you say, thought with you maybe my heart wasn't meant to break. Can't believe I let you in. I can't believe I stayed. As long as I stayed."
Clarkson teased the chorus of Me earlier this month, and one of the lines appeared to be a clear reference to her 2015 love song, Piece by Piece, which was written for her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock with whom she split in 2020 before the divorce was settled in 2022, per PEOPLE.
The words appear to reference the chorus of Piece by Piece, a song in which Clarkson, an American Idol alum, thanked her then-husband Blackstock, 46, for showing her and their kids the love and attention she didn't receive from her own father. "I don't need somebody to hold me. Don't need somebody to love me. Don't need somebody to pick these pieces up," she sang in the a cappella clip. "I put together my broken. Let go of the pain I've been holding. Don't need to need somebody, when I got me."
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