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ballad of a homeschooled girl

Olivia Rodrigo

Album GUTS

“ballad of a homeschooled girl” is the fifth track from American singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo 2023 “GUTS” album.

The garage-pop track sees Olivia dive into her the ups and downs of her adolescence and struggling with socialising and being awkward. Rodrigo had revealed that the song’s title was inspired by Bob Dylan’s iconic track “Ballad of a Thin Man” in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

In an interview with Interview Magazine, Rodrigo was interviewed by American singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers, and asked Rodrigo how being homeschooled affected her as a teenager:

” was home-schooled and all of this stuff happened in my career, but then I really boiled my problems down and I’m like, ‘Oh, they’re just 19-year-old, 20-year-old problems in a different environment.’ If you speak honestly about any experience, then someone is going to find truth in it.”


Read the lyrics to “ballad of a homeschooled girl” here.

*All information accurate at the time of publishing (25th March 2024).

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Release Date

8th September 2023


Daniel Nigro & Olivia Rodrigo


Daniel Nigro


Geffen Records

Chart Rankings

In the year that it was released, "ballad of a homeschooled girl" charted at: - #22 in Australia - #25 in Canada - #21 on the Billboard Global 200 - #53 in Greece - #17 in Ireland - #18 in New Zealand - #51 in Portugal - #20 on various charts in the UK - #24 on the US Billboard Hot 100 - #5 on the US Billboard Hot Rock & Alternative Songs *All chart rankings accurate at the time of publishing.

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