“No regrets, baby”: Kacey Musgraves Makes a Fresh Start in “Deeper Well,” a Song of Self-Empowerment & Letting Go

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Kacey Musgraves © Kelly Christine Sutton
Singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves says goodbye with no regrets on “Deeper Well,” the whimsical and breathtaking title track off her upcoming sixth studio album.
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Kacey Musgraves is tired of letting destructive people and habits bring her down, so she’s er and letting go once and for all.

Released on February 8, 2024 via Interscope / MCA Nashville, “Deeper Well” is the dawn of a new era for the seven-time Grammy Award winner, and the lead single and title track off her forthcoming sixth studio (out March 15).

After recently becoming the only singer to win a Grammy in all four country categories and achieving her first #1 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart for “I Remember Everything” with Zach Bryan, Musgraves’ return has been highly anticipated. “Deeper Well” follows her notable 2021 album, star-crossed.

Deeper Well - Kacey Musgraves
Deeper Well – Kacey Musgraves
My Saturn has returned
When I turned twenty-seven
Everything started to change
Took a long time, but I learned
There’s two kinds of people, one is a giver
And one’s always tryin’ to take
All they can take
So I’m sayin’ goodbye to the people
That I feel are real good at wastin’ my time
No regrets, baby, I just think that maybe
You go your way and I’ll go mine
It’s been a real good time
But you got dark energy,
somethin’ I can’t unsee

And I’ve got to take care of myself
I found a deeper well

Musgraves’ enchanting voice seems at ease when she sings about the weight being lifted off her shoulders from decluttering the things that are not worth holding onto in life anymore. Although it’s taken her some time to be able to get to this point, she’s back and ready to move on and put herself first.

“Sometimes you reach a crossroads. Winds change direction. What you once felt drawn to doesn’t hold the same allure,” Musgraves shared upon her song’s release. “You get blown off course but eventually find your footing and forage for new inspiration, new insight and deeper love somewhere else.”

I used to wake and bake
Roll out of bed, hit the gravity bong that I made
And start the day
For a while, it got me by
Everything I did seemed better when I was high
I don’t know why
So I’m gettin’ rid of the habits that I feel
Are real good at wastin’ my time
No regrets, baby, I just think that maybe
It’s natural when things lose their shine
So other things can glow
I’ve gotten older now, I know
How to take care of myself
I found a deeper well
She's found a deeper well: Kacey Musgraves © Kelly Christine Sutton
She’s found a deeper well: Kacey Musgraves © Kelly Christine Sutton

It’s a bittersweet moment when you become aware that you are outgrowing relationships and routines that once brought so much light and joy into your life.

On one hand, you are growing into the person you are destined to be. You are learning, adapting and finding your way within the world. However, on the other hand, it’s hard to admit sometimes that the habits and people that have brought you to this realization don’t get to come along with you for the rest of your journey in this life. They were only here temporarily. Whether it was to teach you a lesson or something about yourself, they were only here for a brief moment in time to do just that. As soon as the comprehension of this concept is received and necessary changes are made to move forward, it will all be for the better. Room will open up in life for you to become the best version of yourself and the person you are ultimately supposed to be. Musgraves knows just exactly how to touch upon this ideality in such a sincere and blissful way within this song.

The folk-country tune takes a slower pace, a trait Musgraves has perfected and has been known for. But in this case, this artistic flare alludes to the reflection of what had been keeping her in a static frame of mind. Accompanied by an acoustic guitar and celestial sounds, there’s a calming and peaceful tone to the track.

When I was growing up
We had what we needed, shoes on our feet
But the world was as flat as a plate
And that’s okay
The things I was taught only took me so far
Had to figure the rest out myself
And then I found
I found a deeper well

As the song ends, there’s this sense of acceptance. As Musgraves sings those last couple of lines, she refers to the idea that finding one’s purpose in life comes through discovery. The guitar lingers a bit longer after Musgraves finishes singing, and the hope for a shimmering future settles in.

Kacey Musgraves © Kelly Christine Sutton
Kacey Musgraves © Kelly Christine Sutton

“Deeper Well” is accompanied by a video directed by Hannah Lux Davis shot on location in Iceland. Waves crash against the coastline of a cliff as Musgraves walks through grass fields surrounded by floating rocks. A gleaming ball of light travels alongside her, which eventually takes over her body.

Deeper Well will have 14 tracks, including this single. Musgraves co-produced the upcoming record with Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk. She also reunited with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne for the 10th track on the album, “The Architect.” Musgraves recorded the majority of the album at Electric Lady Studios in New York’s Greenwich Village. The New York neighborhood inspired the album through its energy and musical history.

In an album announcement Musgraves wrote, “It’s a collection of songs I hold very dear to my heart. I hope it makes a home in all of your hearts, too.”

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