Find out all the hidden meanings behind the 12 songs in Ariana Grande’s new studio album ‘thank u, next’. The singer makes references to Pete Davidson, Mac Miller and more.
In Needy, Grande sings “a lil’ messed up/But I can hide it when I’m all dressed up/I’m obsessive and I love too hard/Good at overthinking with my heart/How you even think it got this far, this far?”
Referencing Pete Davidson and their speedy engagement, she says, “Sorry if I’m up and down a lot/Sorry that I think I’m not enough/And sorry if I say sorry way too much/You can go ahead and call me selfish/But after all this damage, I can’t help it.”
Following from Better Off in Sweetener, Grande sings, “Baby, I can’t really miss you if I’m with you/And when I miss you, it’ll change the way I kiss you/Baby, you know time apart is beneficial/It’s like I’m the universe and you’ll be N-A-S-A.” She adds, “You don’t wanna leave me, but I’m tryna self-discover/Keep me in your orbit and you know you’ll drag me under.”
Referencing Davidson again, Grande sings, “Don’t want you in my bloodline, yeah/Just wanna have a good time, yeah/And no need to apologize, no/But you gon’ have to let this shit go/Don’t want you in my bloodline, yeah/Not tryna make you all mine, yeah/And no need to apologize, no/But you gon’ have to let this shit go, yeah.”
She also references breaking up with someone, saying, “No, we won’t be talking the next day/I ain’t got nothin’ to say (Yeah, nah)/I ain’t lookin’ for my one true love/Yeah, that ship sailed away.” Questioning her partner’s love, she also says, “Get it like you love me/But you don’t, boy, it’s just for show.”
Grande sings about rebounds, saying, “Yeah, I’ma call you over here to numb the pain (Are you done?)/I got a bad idea (Uh-huh)/Forget about it, yeah, forget about him, yeah/Forget about me. But, boy, don’t trip (Don’t trip), you know this isn’t real/You should know I’m temporary.”
In this song, Grande talks about feeling bad for putting Pete Davidson through her feelings from Mac Miller’s death, singing, “Baby, you do it so well/You been so understanding, you been so good/And I’m puttin’ you through more than one ever should/And I’m hating myself ’cause you don’t want to/Admit that it hurts you.”
She adds, “I know that it breaks your heart when I cry again/Over him, mmh/I know that it breaks your heart when I cry again/’Stead of ghostin’ him. Though I wish he were here instead/Don’t want that living in your head/He just comes to visit me/When I’m dreaming every now and then (And then).”
in my head
In this song, Grande references Davidson and sings about making him out to be something that he was not. She sings, “Yeah, look at you, boy, I invented you/Your Gucci tennis shoes, runnin’ from your issues/Cardio good for the heart (For the heart, for the heart)/I figure we can work it out, hmm. Painted a picture; I thought I drew you well/I had a vision of seeing what isn’t there/Caught in the moment, tangled up in your sheets/When you broke my heart, said you only wanted half of me.”
thank u, next
break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored
‘thank u, next’ is Grande’s fifth album.