Springsteen shows her "chameleon" side
The song is the latest release from "TWENTY SOMETHING: Figuring It Out" out July 14. This is the second installment of her three-part debut album "TWENTY SOMETHING."
"chameleon" emerged from a period of self-reflection for the 22-year-old Virginia Beach, Va. native, a process that's provided "the beginnings of a blueprint to help me live life on my own terms," she said.
Co-written by Springsteen, Sasha Alex Sloan and King Henry, the song takes its title from a nickname Springsteen's mother bestowed upon her, due to her phenomenal ability to adapt to any social situation.
"My debut album, 'TWENTY SOMETHING,' came together through the work and self-reflection I've been doing over the past few years. Amid getting to know myself, I've spent time thinking about the role I've played in my failed relationships. What I realized is that I was looking everywhere, but inward for the validation and love I thought I needed."
The song includes the lines: "I'd rather lie than be lonely / And I hate to admit / That my defense mechanism / Is never really letting you know me."
"I've always been really good at turning myself into whatever made me feel most validated in any given moment. After all, if I become a version of myself they'll want, they won't have a chance to reject the real me – what could be worse than that? That was a really hard truth to admit."
"Through writing 'chameleon,' I learned how to love myself in ways I've always looked to others to love me in the past. I can tell you the freedom that comes along with that is exhilarating."
"I'm so grateful to Sasha (Alex Sloan) and King Henry for digging deep with me. It takes real courage to get this brutally honest and I'm thankful they were willing to go there. And to Paul (DiGiovanni) for co-producing this one with me. It's hard to make a track feel vulnerable and spicy at the same time, but I think we nailed it."
Co-produced by Springsteen (who also plays acoustic and electric guitar all throughout the album), Springsteen introduced the album earlier this year with its first installment, "TWENTY SOMETHING: Messing It Up" in March. The disc includes "you don't deserve a country song" and "goodbye looks good on you," featuring Mitchell Tenpenny.
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