In May, Kacey Musgraves spoke to Elle about the feelings that made her realize it was time to end her marriage to Ruston Kelly. “I felt like I was dying inside. I was crumbling. I was sad. I felt lonely. I felt broken,” she said. In “There Is a Light,” she refers to the dark time in her life by revealing that at one point, she felt the need to hide her “light.” “Tried not to show it / To make you feel good / Pretended I couldn’t / When you knew that I could,” she sings. For some reason that is not explained, she wanted to deny someone the pleasure of basking in the glow of the part of her that burns the brightest.
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“Keep me in your glow,” Musgraves begs her lover in “Golden Hour.” However, by the end of “Star-Crossed,” she’s singing a much different tune: one that’s about no longer needing someone else’s glow to shine.
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“There Is a Light” is the second-to-last song on the record, and its lyrics indicate that Musgraves has discovered something important about her newly rediscovered inner light. “There is a light at the end of the tunnel / There is a light inside of me / There was a shadow of a doubt / But baby, it’s never going out,” she sings. It sounds like she finally started feeling herself again when she was working on this self-love anthem.