Boyfriend Lyrics and Meaning – Ariana Grande ft. Social House

Ariana Grande is back with nice lyrics to the song named “Boyfriend” with Social House after all of the ups and downs she has seen. Let’s look at the context behind Ariana Grande’s ft. Social House’s song Boyfriend.

If you’re unfamiliar with Social Home, don’t worry; I’ve got you covered! They’re the brains behind Ariana Grande’s big hits like “7 rings” and “thank u, next.”

Boyfriend Song Lyrics and Meaning

Let’s take a look at Ariana Grande’s song “Boyfriend” segment by section and see what the lyrics say.

[Verse 1: Ariana Grande]

I’m a motherfuckin’ train wreck
I don’t wanna be too much
But I don’t wanna miss your touch
And you don’t seem to give a fuck
I don’t wanna keep you waiting
But I do just what I have to do
And I might not be the one for you
But you ain’t allowed to have no boo

Meaning

Ariana Grande concludes the first verse by proclaiming herself a rail wreck to the whole universe. The song’s theme is essentially a post-breakup song.

Ariana Grande is stubborn on forgetting about her ex-boyfriend and all of the fond feelings she had with him.

Ariana dislikes the idea that her ex has now gone on, considering the fact that they are no longer married. And if they aren’t dating, she claims in her verse that he can’t date anybody.

The lyrics in the first line of Ariana Grande’s song “boyfriend” have toxic connotations that are detrimental to her.

It’s cool, though, because it’s Ariana Grande! (Perhaps not.)

[Pre-Chorus: Ariana Grande]

‘Cause I know we be so complicated
But we be so smitten, it’s crazy
I can’t have what I want, but neither can you

Meaning

We hear the essence of her life and her complex relationship status in the Pre-Chorus segment of Ariana Grande’s lyrics for “boyfriend.”

She claims that if she can’t get what she desires, i.e. her boyfriend, he can’t have it either. The song tries to target any heartbroken person on the planet!

[Chorus: Ariana Grande]

You ain’t my boyfriend (Boyfriend)
And I ain’t your girlfriend (Girlfriend)
But you don’t want me to see nobody else
And I don’t want you to see nobody
But you ain’t my boyfriend (Boyfriend)
And I ain’t your girlfriend (Girlfriend)
But you don’t want me to touch nobody else (Nobody)
Baby, we ain’t gotta tell nobody

Meaning

The lyrics in the chorus segment of the song “boyfriend” echo the same pattern as before.

Ariana believes she doesn’t want to be in a relationship, but she still doesn’t want her ex-boyfriend to be with another woman.

[Verse 2: Mikey]

Even though you ain’t mine, I promise the way we fight
Make me honestly feel like we just in love (Love)
‘Cause, baby, when push comes to shove (Shove)
Damn, baby, I’m a train wreck, too (Too)
I lose my mind when it comes to you
I take time with the ones I choose
And I don’t want a smile if it ain’t from you, yeah

Meaning

Mikey informs Ariana Grande in the second verse of the song’s lyrics that he likes the way they feel jealous whenever they both meet someone else, suggesting that they’re really in love.

He admits that he, too, is a train wreck. It’s plain that they all adore each other!

[Pre-Chorus: Mikey]

I know we be so complicated
Lovin’ you sometimes drive me crazy
‘Cause I can’t have what I want and neither can you (No, no)

Meaning

The third line of ‘boyfriend’ addresses “having issues” with “NASA” from the ‘thank u, next’ debut album in the lyrics.

The singers say they love each other but are unwilling to return due to personal problems. And if they return, the depression and confidence problems are likely to escalate.

They are taking a step back and they do not want to contend with the many issues that arise with being back together with each other.

[Chorus: Ariana Grande]

You ain’t my boyfriend (Boyfriend)
And I ain’t your girlfriend (Girlfriend)
But you don’t want me to see nobody else
And I don’t want you to see nobody
But you ain’t my boyfriend (Boyfriend)
And I ain’t your girlfriend (Girlfriend)
But you don’t want me to touch nobody else (Nobody)
Baby, we ain’t gotta tell nobody

[Verse 3: Scootie & Ariana Grande]

I wanna kiss you (Yeah), don’t wanna miss you (Yeah)
But I can’t be with you ’cause I got issues (No)
Yeah, on the surface, seem like it’s easy
Careful with words, but it’s still hard to read me
Stress high when the trust low (Mmm)
Bad vibes, where’d the fun go? (Oh)
Try to open up and love more (Love more)
Try to open up and love more

[Bridge: Scootie, Ariana Grande & Both]

If you were my boyfriend
And you were my girlfriend
I prolly wouldn’t see nobody else
But I can’t guarantee that by myself

Meaning

The singers claim there’s a possibility they’ll get back together in the lyrics of “boyfriend.” They’d more likely be faithful to each other.

Since they can’t promise a relationship, it’s best for both of them to keep things fun and feel jealous if one of them heads out with someone else.

But who are we to argue if Ariana is content?

Let her be herself, and let us be ourselves.

[Chorus: Ariana Grande]

You ain’t my boyfriend (Boyfriend, you ain’t my boyfriend)
And I ain’t your girlfriend (Girlfriend, I ain’t your girlfriend)
But you don’t want me to see nobody else (Nobody)
And I don’t want you to see nobody
But you ain’t my boyfriend (Boyfriend, you know you ain’t my boyfriend)
And I ain’t your girlfriend (Girlfriend, yeah, mmm)
But you don’t want me to touch nobody else (Nobody)
Baby, we ain’t gotta tell nobody (Oh yeah)
You ain’t my boyfriend (Boyfriend)
And I ain’t your girlfriend (Girlfriend)
But you don’t want me to see nobody else
And I don’t want you to see nobody
But you ain’t my boyfriend (Boyfriend)
And I ain’t your girlfriend (Girlfriend, yeah)
But you don’t want me to touch nobody else (Nobody)
Baby, we ain’t gotta tell nobody

Some Fun Facts About The Song

  • The title of this song and its release date were revealed by Ariana Grange on her Twitter account on the 29th of July 2019. She posted a short video snippet showing the words ‘Boyfriend’ and ‘August 2’.
  • Replaying to a fan’s question about the inspiration behind this song, Ariana Grande posted the answer on Twitter, “well, i feel like this song captures a common theme in the lives of so many people i know ! people want to feel love but don’t want to define their relationship and have trouble fully committing or trusting or allowing themselves to fully love someone. even tho they want to.”
  • The music video for ‘Boyfriend’ shows some scenes of imaginable revenge by Ariana Grange and her boyfriend.

Behind the Scenes

About The Artist

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande-Butera is an American singer and actress. Born in Boca Raton, Florida, Grande began her career at age 15 in the 2008 Broadway musical 13. She rose to fame for her role as Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious (2010–2013) and Sam & Cat (2013–2014). She subsequently signed with Republic Records in 2011 after the label’s executives discovered YouTube videos of her covering songs. Her 1950s doo-wop-influenced pop and R&B debut album, Yours Truly (2013), topped the US Billboard 200 chart, while its lead single, “The Way”, charted in the top ten of the US Billboard Hot 100. Upon release, critics compared Grande to Mariah Carey for her wide vocal range and whistle register.

Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariana_Grande