This was the last song Ballerini wrote for her second album, Unapologetically. After listening back to the songs she had recorded, she realized most of them dealt with two specific guys: her ex-boyfriend, and her finacé, Morgan Evans. She decided to write a song about herself; "In Between," which deals with her transformation into adulthood, was the result.
Ballerini wrote this song with Nashville songwriting stalwarts Jimmy Robbins and Shane McAnally.
The song finds Ballerini taking stock of her exact place in the world:
Sometimes I play grown-up, and sometimes I play pretend
"Perfect doesn't exist, and I'm exhausting myself trying to be something that isn't real," she said. "And I know if I am feeling that, then ninety percent of the other girls that listen to my songs are feeling that too."
"(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" was written by Nick Lowe in 1974. The original version with his group Brinsley Schwarz was kind of somber, but Elvis Costello made it a classic with his 1978 uptempo take.
Bruce Springsteen wrote "Blinded By The Light," which was a #1 hit for Manfred Mann's Earth Band. The "Madman Drummers" line is a reference to Springsteen's first E-Street drummer, Vinnie "Mad dog" Lopez.
The third verse of "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by Crash Test Dummies ("they shook and lurched all over the church floor...") was inspired by girl whose parents would speak in tongues at their Pentecostal service.