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"Better Off" (stylized in all lowercase) is the twelfth track from Ariana Grande's fourth studio album, Sweetener. It was released through Republic Records on August 17, 2018.

Background Edit

Grande confirmed "Better Off" on June 2, 2018 on her Twitter account.[1] She said her and Tommy Brown were deciding on different endings for the song.[2] Grande revealed on Twitter that the song is the closest to a ballad on the album.

On June 25, 2018, Grande confirmed that the song is old and wasn't initially on the album. She also said "it's beautiful and has always been one of my favs and I'm very happy she's on there. [I am] excited to share it with you."[3]

It has been confirmed that this track is about escaping a toxic relationship.[4]

Live performances Edit

Grande debuted "Better Off" live on August 20, 2018 at The Sweetener Sessions.

Trivia Edit

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Lyrics Edit

[Verse 1]
You keep me in your orbit
Well, I know I'm a hard one to please
Give it too much importance
My love will have you fall to your knees
I tell them this too often
know better than to bark up my tree
Just for me to fall and leave
Nah, I'd rather just watch you smoke and drink, yeah

[Pre-Chorus]
Steering clear of any headaches to start
And if we're being honest
I'd rather your body than half of your heart
Or jealous-ridden comments
That come when you let in them feelings that I don't want (I don't want)
I never let 'em know too much
Hate gettin' too emotional, yeah (emotional, yeah)

[Chorus]
I'm better off without him
I'm better off being a wild one
On the road a lot, had to keep it a thousand
So that I'm better off not being around ya

[Verse 2]
Go on and face it, I'll never be ready for you, ready for you
I swear my love is a curse, make you head over shoes, head over shoes
Let's put them topics to bed and go fuck on the roof, just to say that we did it
You keep insisting I listen to your proposition
I dismiss 'em all, no offense, yeah (I dismiss 'em all, no offense, yeah)

[Pre-Chorus]
Steering clear of any headaches to start
And if we're being honest
I'd rather your body than half of your heart
Or jealous-ridden comments
That come when you let in them feelings that I don't want
I never let 'em know too much
Hate gettin' too emotional, yeah

[Chorus]
I'm better off without him
I'm better off being a wild one
On the road a lot, had to keep it a thousand
So that I'm better off not being around ya (not being around ya)

[Outro]
I'm better off without him
I'm better off being a wild one
On the road a lot, had to keep it a thousand
So that I'm better off not being around ya

References Edit

Sweetener
August 17, 2018 • 47:25 • Republic Records
Songs
Released Better OffBlazedBorderlineBreathinEverytimeGet Well SoonGod Is A WomanGoodnight N GoNo Tears Left To CryPete DavidsonRaindrops (An Angel Cried)R.E.MSuccessfulSweetenerThe Light Is Coming
Unreleased My WayGot Her OwnSoberYou
Artists
Ariana GrandeMissy ElliottNicki MinajPharrell Williams
Tour
Sweetener World TourThe Sweetener Sessions
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