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Breaking Down Ariana’s Most Personal Song Yet: “Ghostin”

Ariana Grande dropped her sixth studio album Thank U, Next last Friday, February 8 and the album is filled with some very intimate tracks. “Ghostin,” the eighth track on the album, is arguably her most personal yet.

The album as a whole explores Grande’s struggles over the last couple of years, ranging from her almost-marriage to Pete Davidson, her emotional state since the infamous Manchester concert bombing incident, and the pain she has felt over the death of her ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller, the latter of which “Ghostin” explores.

Grande dated Mac Miller on and off for two years and eventually broke up with him. Mere weeks later, Grande was dating Pete Davidson and the two were engaged very suddenly. On her Sweetener album, Grande penned a track, “Everytime” about repeatedly going back to a man who wasn’t good for her. Fans deduced it was about Miller, who famously struggled with addiction. Ultimately, he passed of an accidental overdose during the same time period that Grande and Davidson were engaged.

Before the album dropped, Grande revealed what each track was about on her Twitter page. Here’s what she said about “Ghostin:”

“Ghostin” explores Grande’s feelings about Miller’s death. She sings about him visiting her in her dreams, crying constantly while sharing a bed with Davidson, and how she doesn’t want him to have to see her in this emotional state because she knows it breaks Davidson’s heart. She professes her love for Miller and how Davidson knows she isn’t over him or his passing.

“Ghostin” quickly became a favorite among Grande’s fans who were grateful to hear this emotional and personal side of her.

Fans were quick to point out that Grande’s lyrics in the track parallel lyrics in Miller’s song, “Cinderella.” Both tracks discuss their significant other visiting them in their dreams while they’re asleep.

Grande shared on her Twitter page that she would most likely not be performing the track on her upcoming Sweetener tour because right now, she doesn’t think that she can get through it live. Plus, she wants fans to “have a good time.” She also revealed that the track was the first that was written for the album and that it took the longest to write because they had to take “lil breaks.”

You can listen to “Ghostin” on Spotify here. Let us know what you think of the track in the comments below or by tweeting us @soundigest.

Featured Image: Republic Records/UMG Recordings

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Sarah DeNunzio

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