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Ariana Grande: Thank U, Next Meaning

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Song Released: 2018


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Thank U, Next Lyrics

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...

  1. anonymous
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    May 6th report

    something something something random. i have no idea. this is not an interpretation, in case you didn't already realize. this is a joke. blah blah blah, i don't care. this song is about stuff.

  2. anonymous
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    May 6th report

    This song is about Ariana moving on.

    "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"

    She loved these boyfriends, but none were the right match.

    "One taught me love
    One taught me patience
    And one taught me pain
    Now, I'm so amazing
    Say 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"

    Every ex taught her something to make her who she is today.

    "Thank you, next (Next)
    Thank you, next (Next)
    Thank you, next
    I'm so fuckin' grateful for my ex
    Thank you, next (Next)
    Thank you, next (Next)
    Thank you, next (Next)
    I'm so fuckin'—"

    She wants to say thank you to all these exes for helping her become who she is now. She's grateful for them.

    "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)"

    Ariana isn't stressed, and she's happy. She met someone else who she's getting along with will. She knows that people judge her for having lots of boyfriends and moving on quickly, but she believes this relationship will last.

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

    Ariana is referring to herself as "She" and saying that she's learned many things about herself, and that she's found what she's looking for in a relationship.

    "Thank you, next (Thank you, next)
    Thank you, next (Thank you, next)
    Thank you, next (Thank you)
    I'm so fuckin' grateful for my ex
    Thank you, next (Thank you, next)
    Thank you, next (Said thank you, next)
    Thank you, next (Next)
    I'm so fuckin' grateful for my ex
    Thank you, next
    Thank you, next
    Thank you, next
    I'm so fuckin'—"

    ^see above^ -> She wants to say thank you to all these exes for helping her become who she is now. She's grateful for them.

    "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 shit last
    God forbid something happens
    Least this song is a smash (Song is a smash)"

    She wants to get married once, and do it good. She wants to make that marriage last. And when she does it, she'll be thinking about her family.

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

    ^see above^ -> Every ex taught her something to make her who she is today. She's turned out how she wants to be.

    "Thank you, next (Thank you, next)
    Thank you, next (Thank you, next)
    Thank you, next
    I'm so fuckin' grateful for my ex
    Thank you, next (Thank you, next)
    Thank you, next (Said thank you, next)
    Thank you, next (Next)
    I'm so fuckin' 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"

    ^see above^ -> She wants to say thank you to all these exes for helping her become who she is now. She's grateful for them.

  3. siobhan
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    Mar 20th report

    I think Thank U, Next is about all her past relationships and what they have taught her.


    And when she says "Cause look what I've found Ain't no need for searching" she's saying she found herself and she doesn't need to search for anyone because the only person she needs is herself.

  4. anonymous
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    Dec 7th 2019 report

    This song is about girls burning through decent men like they are matches, trying to find that "Mr. Right" (a.k.a. her standards are way too high) and she will not settle for a man who she views as a lesser human being based on unreasonable demands due to feminist indoctrination. She will continue riding that CC with bad boys and dismiss actual good men 'till it's too late. This song translates to the common tale: Welcome to 40+ single life women, enjoy your cats.

  5. anonymous
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    Nov 20th 2019 report

    What i think the meaning of this song is is that she was grateful for all of the guys she loved and that each of them tought her something but she needs a better match or more time.

  6. anonymous
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    Feb 11th 2019 report

    So in my honest opinion, this song is pretty straight forward. To me this song is simply about Ariana's ex. bf, and how they made her her best self. However, I do think this song is a bit exaggerated, just for the fact how she seems like shes glad shes lost them, and yea, she did learn something, like how we do in all breakups, but I'm sure she wasn't as happy about it irl like how it came across in this song. Just know, I LOVE THIS SONG!!!! (Bacon eggs)

  7. anonymous
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    Jan 26th 2019 report

    This song is about waiting a little longer in line than the short trip at the window.

  8. anonymous
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    Jan 9th 2019 report

    This song is about Ariana Grande's former boyfriends and how she feels grateful for them and what they have taught her about life. I LOVE THIS SONG SM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. anonymous
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    Dec 13th 2018 report

    Moving on from her exs


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