If I Ain't Got You - Ariana Grande


 

by Simon Cleary 

The Experience: Ariana gives us sweet song about what makes life real and what doesn't. Everything means nothing if I ain't got you. Half of the song tells us about the wrong choices, with Ariana always coming back in the other half to the right choices - to get you.

Official Video: Waiting.

The meaning of Ariana Grande's If I Ain't Got You is about where you center your life. Ariana makes the line "everything means nothing if I ain't got you" her center. Choosing someone means setting everything else aside, and every other way of living. That's the meaning of the list of "some people live for..." 
She tells us the wrong choices, the people who live for less than love: fortune, fame, power, diamond rings, to be forever young, or are only content with three dozen roses.
I think the highest part of this song is "Some people think that the physical things define what's within. And I've been there before. That life's a bore. So full of the superficial." Ariana's leaving aside  the people who think love is your body's "physical things" (only external beauty or accessories) and don't see that love is about "what's within" you.

Ask Yourself: What do I live for? (Not on paper - what do I wake up in the morning trying to be, trying to do?) Who does that choice make me?


LYRICS:
Some people live for the fortune
Some people live just for the fame
Some people live for the power, yeah
Some people live just to play the game

Some people think
That the physical things
Define what's within
And I've been there before
That life's a bore
So full of the superficial

Some people want it all
But I don't want nothing at all
If it ain't you, baby
If I ain't got you, baby

Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain't got you, yeah

Some people search for a fountain
Promises forever young
Some people need three dozen roses
And that's the only way to prove you love them

And in a world on a silver platter
And wondering what it means
No one to share but no one who truly cares for me

Some people want it all
But I don't want nothing at all
If it ain't you, baby
If I ain't got you, baby

Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain't got you, you, you

Some people want it all
But I don't want nothing at all
If it ain't you, baby
If I ain't got you, baby

Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain't got you, yeah

If I ain't got you with me, baby oh
Said nothing in this whole wide world don't mean a thing
I ain't got you with me, baby

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