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Ariana Grande new album: All the Pete Davidson and Mac Miller references, from Ghostin’ to In My Head

'I know that it breaks your heart when I cry again, over him'

Jacob Stolworthy
Friday 08 February 2019 08:11 GMT
Ariana Grande posts tribute to Mac Miller on Instagram

Ariana Grande has released her second album in six months, bringing her overall total to five.

Titled Thank U, Next, the record – released by Republic Records – follows Sweetener and was written during a time of big change for the singer.

Just week’s after Sweetener‘s release in August, Grande’s ex-boyfriend Mac Miller was found dead at the age of 26. In October 2018, the singer called off her engagement with Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson.

Grande’s latest record features what seems to be many references to both Miller and Davidson, with one song in particular – “In My Head” – seemingly dedicated to the former.

During the song, Grande references a ‘wingless angel“ – ”angel" being the word she used to describe Miller on the album’s title track ”Thank U, Next".

The lyrics go: “They see demon, I see angel, angel, angel / Without a halo, wingless angel.”

According to Grande, the song “Ghostin’” is about “feeling badly for the person you’re with because you love somebody else.” Fans have since speculated the track could be about Grande having feelings for Miller while being with Davidson. The lyrics seem to suggest this: “I know you hear me when I cry / I try to hold it in at night / While you’re sleepin’ next to me” and later, Grande sings: “But it’s your arms that I need this time / Look at the cards that we’ve been dealt.”

Later, the lyrics go: “Baby, you do it so well / You been so understanding, you been so good / And I’m puttin’ you through more than one ever should / And I’m hating myself ‘cause you don’t want to / Admit that it hurts you.”

You can find a selection of the song’s lyrics below:

“I know that it breaks your heart when I cry again / Over him.”

“Oh, I wish he were here instead / No one that living in your head / He just comes to visit me / When I’m dreaming every now and then.”

Thank U, Next is available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music now.

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