boyfriend - Ariana Grande and Social House

The Experience: So complicated... afraid to commit, but so frustrated by the uncertainty in our relationship.
The Vibe: Frustration.
The Topic: Fear of commitment.
The Value: Commitment.
The Tension: I don't wanna be too much (Afraid of the commitment that the defining the relationship entails) vs. But I don't wanna miss your touch and I don't want you to see nobody (I want a relationship with you).

Music video: Ariana Grande torn between two men, alternatingly distant, encouraging, and jealous. It's frustrating for all concerned until she finally makes up her mind and ends up making out with Mikey in the bathroom. And leaving Scootie hurt and frustrated when he walks in on them.

The Meaning of boyfriend: The song showcases what the fear of commitment can do to a relationship. When you don't define what you feel for each other. When you don't commit. When the FOMO has you by the neck and you can't choose. That's when you end up in multiple relationships. That's when you end up frustrated and confused. And that's when everyone gets hurt.

Ask yourself: Are you putting off a decision out of fear?

Album: - 2019

LYRICS:


[Ariana Grande]
I'm a m-therf-ckin' train wreck
I don't wanna be too much
But I don't wanna miss your touch
And you don't seem to give a f-ck
I don't wanna keep you waiting
But I do just what I have to do
And I might not be the one for you
But you ain't about to have no boo

'Cause I know we be so complicated
But we be so smitten, it's crazy
I can't have what I want, but neither can you

You ain't my boyfriend (Boyfriend)
And I ain't your girlfriend (Girlfriend)
But you don't want me to see nobody else
And I don't want you to see nobody
But you ain't my boyfriend (Boyfriend)
And I ain't your girlfriend (Girlfriend)
But you don't want me to touch nobody else
Baby, we ain't gotta tell nobody

[Mikey]
Even though you ain't mine, I promise the way we fight
Make me honestly feel like we just in love
'Cause, baby, when push comes to shove
D-mn, baby, I'm a train wreck too (Too)
I lose my mind when it comes to you
I take time with the ones I choose
And I don't want a smile if it ain't from you, yeah

I know we'd be so complicated
Lovin' you sometimes drive me crazy
'Cause I can't have what I want and neither can you

[Ariana Grande]
You ain't my boyfriend (Boyfriend)
And I ain't your girlfriend (Girlfriend)
But you don't want me to see nobody else
And I don't want you to see nobody
But you ain't my boyfriend (Boyfriend)
And I ain't your girlfriend (Girlfriend)
But you don't want me to touch nobody else
Baby, we ain't gotta tell nobody

[Scootie (Ariana Grande)]
I wanna kiss you (Yeah), don't wanna miss you (Yeah)
But I can't be with you 'cause I got issues
Yeah, on the surface, seem like it's easy
Careful with words, but it's still hard to read me
Stress high when the trust low (Mmm)
Bad vibes, where'd the fun go? (Oh)
Try to open up and love more (Love more)
Try to open up and love more

[Scootie and Ariana Grande]
If you were my boyfriend
And you were my girlfriend
I probably wouldn't see nobody else
But I can't guarantee that by myself

[Ariana Grande]
You ain't my boyfriend (Boyfriend, you ain't my boyfriend)
And I ain't your girlfriend (Girlfriend, I ain't your girlfriend)
But you don't want me to see nobody else (Nobody)
And I don't want you to see nobody
But you ain't my boyfriend (Boyfriend, you know you ain't my boyfriend)
And I ain't your girlfriend (Girlfriend, yeah, mmm)
But you don't want me to touch nobody else (Nobody)
Baby, we ain't gotta tell nobody (Oh yeah)
You ain't my boyfriend (Boyfriend)
And I ain't your girlfriend (Girlfriend)
But you don't want me to see nobody else
And I don't want you to see nobody
But you ain't my boyfriend (Boyfriend)
And I ain't your girlfriend (Girlfriend, yeah)
But you don't want me to touch nobody else (Nobody)
Baby, we ain't gotta tell nobody

review by Benjamin O'Loughlin

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