Song of the Day #2,242: ‘Break Free’ – Ariana Grande

ariana_grandeIn the seventh spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 is Ariana Grande’s latest single, ‘Break Free.’ Grande has had a song in the top ten for months now — quite a feat for the fourth lead in a Nickelodeon sitcom.

My appreciation for Grande’s previous hit, ‘Problem,’ is well-documented on this blog. It’s my vote for Song of the Summer after a summer that really didn’t produce a clear winner for that title. ‘Break Free’ is ok, but it’s no ‘Problem.’

The song receives several demerits right out of the gate for including the line “Now that I’ve become who I really are.” Grande says she fought the grammatically disastrous line but lost the battle to her songwriter/producer. At least she knew it was wrong.

[Verse 1]
If you want it, take it
I should have said it before
Tried to hide it, fake it
I can’t pretend anymore

I only wanna die alive
Never by the hands of a broken heart
I don’t wanna hear you lie tonight
Now that I’ve become who I really are

[Chorus x2]
This is the part when I say I don’t want ya
I’m stronger than I’ve been before
This is the part when I break free
Cause I can’t resist it no more

[Verse 2]
You were better, deeper
I was under your spell
Like a deadly fever yeah, babe
On the highway to hell

[Pre-Chorus] + [Chorus x2]

(No more, baby, oooh)
Thought of your body, I came alive
It was lethal, it was fatal
In my dreams it felt so right
But I woke up every time
Oh baby

[Chorus x2]

One thought on “Song of the Day #2,242: ‘Break Free’ – Ariana Grande

  1. Dana says:

    Change “heart” to “man” and then she could be grammatically correct with “am” and, I think, the lyric actually becomes more interesting and less cliche. What’s wrong with these songwriters?

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