No Tears Left To Cry - Ariana Grande



The Experience: I'm in a state of mind I wanna be in like all the time... finally happy, but what is that happiness based on...

Music video: No Tears Left To Cry might seem like little more than eye candy but even more than the Sweetener album song titles Ariana ponders (Blazed, REM, God is a woman, Successful, Sweetener, Borderline etc.), the visuals themselves pack lots of message. The buildings - more than four different orientations of them - are at war with each other. Gravity is at war with the buildings themselves. It's a  world full of different orientations and Ariana Grande embraces them all. But that also begs the question: deep down who is the real Ariana? Who are we, if we can choose everything and its opposite? Deep down are we truly faceless?

The Meaning of No Tears Left To Cry: Ariana Grande is over sadness and ready to live. No Tears Left To Cry is about the happy transition out of sadness - ain't got no tears left to cry... plus several other deep themes. Racism: They point out the colors in you, I see 'em too and boy I like 'em, I like 'em, I like 'em we're way too fly to partake in all this hate. Homosexuality: Comin' out, even when it's rainin' down can't stop now, can't stop so shut your mouth. In this song tolerance for every choice and every preference - every face that Ariana has to choose from - is the key to happiness, and the music video's lack of up and down reinforces that relativism. The problem is, every building on the set is built for up and down. Like so much of the world is built around the concept of good and bad and right and wrong. And that introduces tension: who's right? The buildings or gravity? Moral absolutes or absolute freedom? Is our deepest self truly faceless?

Ask yourself: Is happiness choosing your identity or discovering and embracing your identity?

Album: Sweetener (2018)

LYRICS:


Right now, I'm in a state of mind
I wanna be in like all the time
Ain't got no tears left to cry
So I'm pickin' it up, pickin' it up
I'm lovin', I'm livin', I'm pickin' it up
So I'm pickin' it up, pickin' it up
I'm lovin', I'm livin', I'm pickin' it up (oh, yeah)

Pickin' it up (yeah), pickin' it up (yeah)
Lovin', I'm livin', so we turnin' up
Yeah, we turnin' it up

Ain't got no tears in my body
I ran out, but boy, I like it, I like it, I like it
Don't matter how, what, where, who tries it
We're out here vibin', we vibin', we vibin'

Comin' out, even when it's rainin' down
Can't stop now, can't stop so shut your mouth
Shut your mouth, and if you don't know
Then now you know it, babe
Know it, babe, yeah

Right now, I'm in a state of mind
I wanna be in, like, all the time
Ain't got no tears left to cry
So I'm pickin' it up, pickin' it up (oh yeah)
I'm lovin', I'm livin', I'm pickin' it up
Oh, I just want you to come with me
We're on another mentality
Ain't got no tears left to cry
So I'm pickin' it up, pickin' it up (oh yeah)
I'm lovin', I'm livin', I'm pickin' it up

Pickin' it up (yeah), pickin' it up (yeah)
Lovin', I'm livin', so we turnin' up
Yeah, we turnin' it up

They point out the colors in you, I see 'em too
And boy I like 'em, I like 'em, I like 'em
We're way too fly to partake in all this hate
We're out here vibin', we're vibin', we're vibin'

Comin' out, even when it's rainin' down
Can't stop now, can't stop so shut your mouth
Shut your mouth, and if you don't know then now you know it, babe
Know it baby, yeah

Right now, I'm in a state of mind
I wanna be in, like, all the time
Ain't got no tears left to cry
So I'm pickin' it up, I'm pickin' up (oh yeah)
I'm lovin', I'm livin', I'm pickin' it up
Oh I just want you to come with me
We're on another mentality
Ain't got no tears left to cry (so don't cry)
So I'm pickin' it up, I'm pickin' up (oh yeah)
I'm lovin', I'm livin', I'm pickin' it up

Comin' out, even when it's rainin' down
Can't stop now, (umm, ohh..)
Shut your mouth
Ain't got no tears left to cry
Oh yeah, oh yeah

Oh I just want you to come with me
We're on another mentality
Ain't got no tears left to cry (cry)
So I'm pickin' it up, I'm pickin' up (oh yeah)
I'm lovin', I'm livin', I'm pickin' it up

I'm pickin' it up, I'm pickin' it up
Lovin', I'm livin', so we turnin' up
Yeah, we're turnin' it up


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin
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