It’s all about ‘pretending it never ended’
This just in, Ariana Grande won’t take her foot off my neck. The dust has barely settled on the flawless release of “thank u, next”, which made thousands of bitter girls reconsider hating all of their exes for a few weeks. Now, the singer has dropped another single entitled “imagine” (stylised all lower-case, of course).
Though there aren’t direct references as to who the song is about, the track is a lovesick dreamy lullaby about a blissfully normal relationship. Grande reminisces on two people out of the spotlight eating pad thai, taking baths and drinking champagne. “This is a pleasure, feel like we never act this regular,” she sings.
What the song lacks in uptempo beats or her now-signature “yuh” and “yi” interjections, it makes up for in whistle register notes you definitely cannot sing along to. Earlier in the day, Grande had teased the song’s arrival by asking everyone to behave.
She wrote: “Guys, I know there are grown men arguing online (right now) but Miley and I ( are) dropping our beautiful, new songs tonight so if y'all could please just behave for just like a few hours so the girls can shine that'd be so sick”.
guys, i know there are grown men arguing online rn but miley and i dropping our beautiful, new songs tonight so if y'all could please jus behave for just like a few hours so the girls can shine that'd be so sick thank u— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 14, 2018
Fans have pointed out that a lot of the lyrics draw parallels with her relationship with Mac Miller who had a tattoo of the song’s title on his arm.
The rapper, who she was in a relationship for two years, died recently after his struggles with drug abuse. Shortly after they broke up Miller was charged with a DUI. When he died, many of his fans took to her Instagram page to blame her for his relapse, given that she got engaged shortly after they broke up. Shortly afterwards, friends described her as “an unbelievably stabilising force in his life”.
Now you may be trying to figure out why all of this is relevant, but Ariana told a fan that “imagine” is about past relationships like “thank u, next” but “pretending it never ended”. She also wrote a tweet explaining that the song was “a simple, beautiful love that is now (and forever) unattainable”.
kind of like... pretending it never ended. denial. but i look forward to you hearing it and having your own experience with it. you may take away something totally different and specific to your life! love u.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 12, 2018
The song is the first single from her upcoming studio album, but will not have an accompanying music video. Instead, she told fans via Twitter that this lyric video, designed by an artist named Thomas Collet, is the only visual planned. “Matty and I stumbled across one day allowed us to use this dreamy visual he made behind the lyrics and it fits so beautifully,” she wrote.
Listen to the new song below.