Break Free - Ariana Grande ft. Zedd



The Experience: This is where I break free. When you find a cause, an ideal, or simply true love, the discovery cuts you loose from everything that held you back or tied you down...

Music Video: Ariana Grande, space heroine, turns on the aliens she once served, and rescues a group of hostages - taking down extraterrestrial thugs, robots, and a Mandarin/Palpatine wannabe as she goes. However, the space theme doesn't help the message of the lyrics. First, the video portrays freedom as flying off into deep space, no strings attached, which goes against the idea of happiness as something or someone you can't resist, but who truly makes you happy. Second, the scene where Ariana Grande strips out of her space suit is very suggestive of a striptease. The two elements contained in that scene - narcissism and just putting yourself out there - contradict the underlying message of the lyrics: you have to commit to someone or something to be happy - I can't resist it no more.

Meaning of Break Free: Ariana continues her girl-power saga right where Problem left off. She knows who she is - I've become who I really am - and that means she's not afraid of breaking free. If you add in the techno sound of the Zedd-produced single and the space theme of the Star Wars rip-off music video, break free turns into more than just an escape. It's not just about the past anymore. It's about the future. Because Ariana isn't content to say I don't want it. She's not just stronger than I've been before. Instead, she's finally found happiness. Something else to live for. Something she can't resist, pulling her on. Giving yourself to an ideal or to a true love isn't slavery. It's freedom. This is the part when I break free, 'cause I can't resist it no more.

Ask Yourself: Have you found an ideal or a true love that sets you free instead of holding you back?


LYRICS:

If you want it, take it
I should have said it before
Tried to hide it, fake it
I can't pretend anymore

I only want to die alive
Never by the hands of a broken heart
I don't wanna hear you lie tonight
Now that I've become who I really am

This is the part when I say I don’t want it
I'm stronger than I've been before
This is the part when I break free
Cause I can't resist it no more

This is the part when I say I don’t want it
I'm stronger than I've been before
This is the part when I break free
Cause I can't resist it no more

You were better, deeper
I was under a spell
Like a deadly fear I am, babe
On the highway to hell

I only want to die alive
Never by the hands of a broken heart
I don't wanna hear you lie tonight
Now that I've become who I really am

This is the part when I say I don’t want it
I'm stronger than I've been before
This is the part when I break free
'Cause I can't resist it no more

This is the part when I say I don’t want it
I'm stronger than I've been before
This is the part when I break free
'Cause I can't resist it no more

(Our love baby, oooh)
The thought of your body
I came alive
It was lethal
It was fatal
In my dreams it felt so right
But I woke up and pretend
Oh baby

This is the part when I say I don’t want it
I'm stronger than I've been before
This is the part when I break free
'Cause I can't resist it no more

This is the part when I say I don’t want it
I'm stronger than I've been before
This is the part when I break free
'Cause I can't resist it no more

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