thank u, next - Ariana Grande




The Experience: Look what you taught me and for that, I say thank you, next... When your exes are gifts and not a liability...


Music video: The visuals mirror scenes from chick flicks Mean Girls, Bring It On, Legally Blonde, and 13 Going on 30. The choice takes the song to a much more pop culture place. Sometimes that's a story of growth and empowerment, like the overarching plots of the movies covered. Sometimes it's superficial (voiceover 2). But overall it focuses on the drama (the movie scenes) of living in the spotlight (voiceover 1) instead of reflecting the thoughtful musing behind the lyrics themselves.

The Meaning of thank u, next: Ariana Grande takes a novel and refreshing look at her exes: each relationship is a gift. One taught me love one taught me patience and one taught me pain. Those gifts have made her a better person: I've got so much love (love) got so much patience (patience) I've learned from the pain (pain) I turned out amazing. thank u, next builds on that positive vibe: relationships enrich, and no relationship enriches more than marriage - wanna do it... real bad. That's why it's worth doing right - only wanna do it once. 

Ask yourself: Have your relationships left you better?

Album: - (2018)

LYRICS:


[Music Video: "One time on twitter I heard Ariana was pregnant so I got pregnant so we could be pregnant at the same time. Turns out it was just a rumor." "Ariana Grande told me my hair looked sexy pushed back. She's not wrong." "Ariana broke off an engagement so I found a guy to propose to me and I broke off an engagement." "I heard she's a lesbian now and dating some chick named Aubrey. It's fucking sick." "I heard if you record her snoring and play it backwards it sounds like Fantasia." "Ariana says 'Honest to God knock me out', so I decided to punch myself in the face. It was awesome."] 

Thought I'd end up with Sean
But he wasn't a match
Wrote some songs about Ricky
Now I listen and laugh
Even almost got married
And for Pete, I'm so thankful
Wish I could say, "Thank you" to Malcolm
'Cause he was an angel

One taught me love
One taught me patience
And one taught me pain
Now, I'm so amazing
I've loved and I've lost
But that's not what I see
So, look what I got
Look what you taught me
And for that, I say

Thank you, next (Next)
Thank you, next (Next)
Thank you, next
I'm so f-ckin' grateful for my ex
Thank you, next (Next)
Thank you, next (Next)
Thank you, next (Next)
I'm so f-ckin'...

Spend more time with my friends
I ain't worried 'bout nothin'
Plus, I met someone else
We havin' better discussions
I know they say I move on too fast
But this one gon' last
'Cause her name is Ari
And I'm so good with that (So good with that)

She taught me love (Love)
She taught me patience (Patience)
And she handles pain (Pain)
That sh-t's amazing (Yeah, she's amazing)
I've loved and I've lost (Yeah, yeah)
But that's not what I see (Yeah, yeah)
Just look what I've found (Yeah, yeah)
Ain't no need for searching, and for that, I say

Thank you, next (Thank you, next)
Thank you, next (Thank you, next)
Thank you, next (Thank you)
I'm so f-ckin' grateful for my ex
Thank you, next (Thank you, next)
Thank you, next (Said thank you, next)
Thank you, next (Next)
I'm so f-ckin' grateful for my ex

Thank you, next
Thank you, next
Thank you, next
I'm so f-cking...

One day I'll walk down the aisle
Holding hands with my mama
I'll be thanking my dad
'Cause she grew from the drama
Only wanna do it once, real bad
Gon' make that sh-t last
God forbid something happens
Least this song is a smash (Song is a smash)

I've got so much love (Love)
Got so much patience (Patience)
I've learned from the pain (Pain)
I turned out amazing (Turned out amazing)
I've loved and I've lost (Yeah, yeah)
But that's not what I see (Yeah, yeah)
Just look what I've found (Yeah, yeah)
Ain't no need for searching

And for that, I'll say

["I mean he was really cute, you, know. He was really cute. And it was really big." "Well, I've only gone out with one guy that had a big front tooth. And I liked it because he never got anything stuck in the front teeth." "Hmmm." "But have you ever gone out with someone that had no teeth at all?" "No."] 

I've got so much love (Love)
Got so much patience (Patience)
I've learned from the pain (Pain)
I turned out amazing (Turned out amazing)
I've loved and I've lost (Yeah, yeah)
But that's not what I see (Yeah, yeah)
Just look what I've found (Yeah, yeah)
Ain't no need for searching
And for that, I'll say

Thank you, next (Thank you, next)
Thank you, next (Thank you, next)
Thank you, next
I'm so f-ckin' grateful for my ex
Thank you, next (Thank you, next)
Thank you, next (Said thank you, next)
Thank you, next (Next)
I'm so fu-ckin' grateful for my ex

Thank you, next
Thank you, next
Thank you, next
Yeah, yee
Thank you, next
Thank you, next
Thank you, next
Yeah, yee


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin
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