Positions Lyrics and Meaning – Ariana Grande

As seen in the music video for the album, Ariana Grande experimented with the term “positions” in her lyrics, with the real Presidential role as a secret meaning. Grande plays President in the Dave Meyers-directed film, which shows her holding news conferences, pulverising over decisions in the Oval Office, walking her dog across the White House grounds, and more. Ari offers an award to a USPS employee in one scene, a programme that Donald Trump had sought to defund and discredit.

Ariana Grande speaks up about her engagement and affection for her partner in the song’s verses, suggesting the significance of her strict schedule in the music video. She seems to be attempting to make their bond endure by dealing through her rigidity.

Introduction

Unlike her previous launches, ‘Positions’ is a more erotic slow-burner, with smooth guitar plucks calming our atmosphere throughout. The hit, which serves as the lead single for Ariana’s forthcoming sixth studio album, sets the bar for her creative talents. In the music video for the album, she plays the role of President, Commander in Chief, of the United States.

Positions Song Lyrics and Meaning by Ariana Grande

Let’s dissect the context behind the lyrics of Ariana Grande’s song “positions” segment by part. 

[Verse 1]

Heaven sent you to me
I’m just hopin’ I don’t repeat history

Meaning

The singer shows her vulnerable side in the first verse of the album by accepting her current love partner. In a similar note, the singer touches on past marriages that did not work out. We know this because she has published many tracks with heartbreak overtones, including her partnership with Social House on the single “boyfriend.”

Whether you’ve been living under a rock or are a fresh Ariana Grande follower, you’re aware that Ariana Grande called off her engagement to Pete Davidson after her former partner, Mac Miller, died of a drug overdose. In the song “everytime,” the singer sings about her mental rollercoaster of a friendship with Mac Miller, which is easily one of my favourites as well.

[Pre-Chorus]

Boy, I’m tryna meet your mama on a Sunday
Then make a lotta love on a Monday (Ah, ah)
Never need no (No), no one else, babe
’Cause I’ll be

Meaning

Despite all of her heartbreaks in her life, the artist is excited to start a new relationship. This demonstrates that she has let go of the past and moved away from the previously unresolved mental suffering. She is also able to visit the parents of her love interest in order to make this friendship work. Despite her full life, she is able to commit to him, as the President implied in the music video.

[Chorus]

Switchin’ them positions for you
Cookin’ in the kitchen and I’m in the bedroom
I’m in the Olympics, way I’m jumpin’ through hoops
Know my love infinite, nothin’ I wouldn’t do
That I won’t do, switchin’ for you

Meaning

The expression “switching positions for you” may easily be interpreted as a nod to her bedtime desires. This may be the case since she is actually dating Dalton Gomez. Using the music video as a guideline, she is saying that she will swap between positions in her relationship. This is her way of saying, “I can be independent while also being your lover.” Ariana Grande has always been a feminist symbol, as I said in my review of her song “7 Rings.”

[Verse 2]

Perfect, perfect
You’re too good to be true (You’re too good to be true)
But I get tired of runnin’, fuck it
Now, I’m runnin’ with you (With you)

Meaning

Ariana Grande seems to idealise her current love interest (possibly Dalton Gomez) as “fine” in the second verse of “positions.” She does so in almost all of her love albums. This may be a means for the singer to demonstrate to her lover her art of intimacy. For her fanbase, idealising someone as a “trophy” is a little unhealthy because they want to take the song’s message at face value. The phrase “I can’t survive without you” is harmful to her adolescent fans’ emerging minds.

[Pre-Chorus]

Said, boy, I’m tryna meet your mama on a Sunday
Then make a lotta love on a Monday (Ah, ah)
Never need no (No), no onе else, babe
‘Causе I’ll be

[Chorus]

Switchin’ them positions for you
Cookin’ in the kitchen and I’m in the bedroom
I’m in the Olympics, way I’m jumpin’ through hoops
Know my love infinite, nothin’ I wouldn’t do
That I won’t do, switchin’ for you
Cookin’ in the kitchen and I’m in the bedroom
I’m in the Olympics, way I’m jumpin’ through hoops
Know my love infinite, nothin’ I wouldn’t do (Nothin’)
That I won’t do, switchin’ for you

[Bridge]

This some shit that I usually don’t do (Yeah)
But for you, I kinda, kinda want to (Mmm)
‘Cause you’re down for me and I’m down too (And I’m down too)
Yeah, I’m down too
Switchin’ the positions for you
This some shit that I (Yeah) usually don’t do (Don’t do)
But for you, I kinda, kinda want to (Mmm)
‘Cause you’re down for me and I’m down too (‘Cause you’re down for me)

Meaning

Ariana Grande emphasises the role of reciprocity in attraction at the start of a partnership in the song’s Bridge portion. It should be self-evident to her followers that she would not tolerate anything less. It’s normal to feel tense when you’re attracted to someone. However, it has the power to become an obsession. As a consequence, in a partnership, it is important to assume a reasonable amount of reciprocation. Otherwise, carry on.

[Chorus]

Switchin’ them positions for you
Cookin’ in the kitchen and I’m in the bedroom
I’m in the Olympics, way I’m jumpin’ through hoops (Jumpin’, jumpin’)
Know my love infinite, nothin’ I wouldn’t do
That I won’t do, switchin’ for you (Ooh woah)
Cookin’ in the kitchen and I’m in the bedroom
I’m in the Olympics, way I’m jumpin’ through hoops
Know my love infinite, nothin’ I wouldn’t do (I wouldn’t do)
That I won’t do, switchin’ for you

[Outro]

Yeah
Ah, yeah
Ah (Ah), yeah

Some fun facts about the song

  • “Positions” is the lead single from Ariana Grande’s sixth studio album. The song was premiered on October 23, 2020, accompanied by a music video directed by Dave Meyers. The video features cameo appearances of Tayla Parx, Victoria Monét, and Grande’s mother, Joan.
  • On October 17th 2020, Ariana Grande teased this song by posting a video on Instagram of her typing the word “positions” on a computer keyboard.
  • The singer takes the position of the Commander in Chief of the USA, i.e. the Presidential position in the music video.
  • On the 23rd of October, 2020, a few weeks prior to the presidential election, the singer has released her new single.

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