In its original incarnation, “Hey There Mrs. Lovely” was rooted in a dying romance with a specific person. Adams sang it in a wounded yelp, mourning a doomed relationship he felt powerless to either save or end. He sang in a key of utter hopelessness. […] In contrast to the original version’s raw emotion, Adams sings “These Girls” in a weary, seen-it-all, just-short-of-lazy croon. While the opening verse seems to be about someone very much like the original song’s subject, the chorus mutates “These Girls” into a jaded ode to the sort of groupies a critically acclaimed rock star might encounter.
“Ryan Adams’ edits himself”, The News & Observer (no online link)