Ariana Grande Honors Manchester with More Than Just New Song’s Lyrics
In just 10 short days, Ariana Grande‘s sixth studio album, Sweetener, will be released for our listening pleasure. We’ve already gotten bops like “God is a Woman” and “The Light is Coming,” but there’s one song in particular that we’re super excited to hear — “Get Well Soon.”
The final tune on the album, which was created with friend Pharrell Williams, is about the anxiety the 25-year-old felt following the Manchester terrorist attack that killed 22 people and injured hundreds more in May 2017.
She told a fan, “Isss ab my anxiety. i felt like i was floating for like 3 months last year & not in a nice way. like i outside my body? was v scary and i couldn’t breathe well. so it’s ab that. & lots of voices in my head singin. i hope it comforts ppl who hear it pls.”
isss ab my anxiety. i felt like i was floating for like 3 months last year & not in a nice way. like i outside my body? was v scary and i couldn’t breathe well. so it’s ab that. & lots of voices in my head singin. i hope it comforts ppl who hear it pls ☁️
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 29, 2018
But Ari isn’t just paying tribute to those who were affected by the bombing with the song’s lyrics and/or melody — she took it a step further and actually made sure “Get Well Soon” runs for 5 minutes and 22 seconds to coincide with the date of the attack, May 22 (5/22).
.@ArianaGrande has revealed the track lengths to her upcoming album, ‘Sweetener.’
The outro “Get Well Soon” is 5:22 minutes long, and honors the date of the devastating Manchester terrorist attack that occurred on May 22nd, 2017. pic.twitter.com/uX1SYw3NUP
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) August 7, 2018
ELLE magazine describes “GWS” as “a veritable mille-feuille of vocal arrangement, stacking layers upon layers of Ariana’s voice until she lands, wholly, right-side-up.”
— ☁️ uʎןopuǝʍb ☁️ (@cloudy_grande98) July 31, 2018
How are we gonna make it for 10 more days?!