Legends

Album: Unapologetically (2017)
Charted: 68

Songfacts®:

  • The lead single from Kelsea Ballerini's second album finds her reflecting back on a love gone by. During the glory days of the relationship, the pair were so consumed by their love for each other that they felt they were legends.

    Yeah, we were legends
    Loving you, baby, it was Heaven
    What everyone wondered, we'd never question
    Close our eyes and took on the world together


    Kelsea Ballerini hears different messages everytime she listens to the song. "'Legends' is one of the first songs I wrote for the record and every time I've listened to it, I find a different meaning," she told People. "It brings me back to the heartbreak I wrote it from, it makes me think of my fans and the journey we've shared, and now I sing it from the perspective of a legendary love story. I hope everyone hears something in it that brings them to a place of nostalgia and is as excited as I am to begin this next chapter together."
  • Ballerini wrote the song with:

    Georgia born songwriter Hillary Lindsey, who has written songs with or for several popular artists including Shakira, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Little Big Town and Luke Bryan. She has been nominated twice for the prestigious Grammy Award for Song of the Year for her work on "Jesus, Take The Wheel" and "Girl Crush".

    Louisiana born songwriter/producer Forest Glen Whitehead, who penned six out of the 12 tracks on Ballerini's debut album The First Time. They include the hit singles "Love Me Like You Mean It," "Peter Pan" and "Yeah Boy."
  • Directed by Jeff Venable and shot partially on an ocean cliff in Big Sur, California, the song's music video follows a couple's romance from its very beginning to its tragic end. Clips of Ballerini performing on the cliffs of the Big Sur are interspersed throughout the visual.

    Ballerini said that she instantly knew what she wanted the visual version of her song to convey. "The video, without saying too much, when I wrote this song and listened to the demo that day, I envisioned just a big loss," she recalled. "And so, it's a very emotional video."
  • Kelsea Ballerini penned the tune back in 2015 when her relationship was fracturing. Little did she know that by the time the song hit the airwaves, she would be planning her wedding.

    "I wrote it when I was going through a breakup, so that was the heart and the perspective that it came from. But as I've lived with it, it's kind of changed meanings," Ballerini said at a media event. "It's a chameleon song for me. It's still a story about heartbreak, but now, I'm in a very good place in my life, and I sing it as a love song now, because it doesn't necessarily have to be a love that ends. It's just looking back nostalgically on a love. And so now it's kind of a love song for me."
  • This was the first song that Ballerini has ever written that has changed meanings for her. She explained to The Boot:

    "I wrote it from a break-up three years ago, because I had written a lot of 'Get Over Yourself,' 'Miss Me More,' 'Graveyard' kind of songs - angsty, dark, mad, sad. But I was so ready to be over it, and I think that to really be over it, you have to acknowledge the good. So that was my song of acknowledging the good, in a very bright way.

    And then when it was time to pick the single, this song kept raising its hand. And I was like, 'Man. This isn't where I'm at anymore, and I don't know if I relate to it anymore like that.' So I started listening to it, and it changed meanings for me. It's a love song to me now, and it's about a love that you're nostalgic about, that doesn't necessarily have to end."
  • Kelsea Ballerini told ABC Radio this was "definitely the most intense video I've done." She added: "It's the kind of video that I feel like gives a different perspective to the song, where people think it's a breakup song, but it's bigger than that. I've always loved those kind of videos as a fan, so I was really proud of it."

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