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It's about my anxiety. I felt like I was floating for like 3 months last year and not in a nice way. Like I outside my body? It was very scary and I couldn't breathe well. So it's about that. And lots of voices in my head singing. I hope it comforts people who hear it.

–Ariana about the song.[1]

"Get Well Soon" (stylized in all lowercase, orignally "Feel It") is the fifteenth and final track from Ariana Grande's fourth studio album, Sweetener.[3][4] It was released on August 17, 2018, through Republic Records. The track is 5 minutes and 22 seconds long and features 40 seconds of silence at the end of the track, paying respect to victims of the Manchester bombing attack of the May 22nd, 2017.[5][3] A live version of the song is featured on K Bye For Now (SWT Live), which was released on December 23, 2019.

Background[]

The song was first teased on December 31, 2017, on Grande's Instagram.[2] She confirmed that the snippet played is from the song on May 29, 2018.[6]

Grande soon revealed more about the song on May 17, 2018, during her interview for TIME Magazine's 'Next Generation Leaders'. The track is described as her vocals are interwoven in dense layers of sound, creating an otherworldly effect.[3] On May 18, 2018, she teased the name of the song on her Twitter.[7]

Two weeks later on May 29, 2018, Grande replied to a fan on Twitter and said that the song is about her anxiety: "i felt like i was floating for like 3 months last year & not in a nice way. Like I [am] outside my body? [It] was very scary and i couldn't breathe well. So it’s about that & lots of voices in my head singin’. I hope it comforts ppl who hear it pls ☁️".[8]

Three days later on June 1, 2018, Grande confirmed while replying to more fans on Twitter that "Get Well Soon" is the fifteenth track from the album and that it was the longest track on the album.[4]

On July 3, 2018, Grande posted a screenshot of her listening to the song on her Instagram story, confirming that the song's length was 5:22.[1]

On July 8, 2018, Pharrell Williams posted a snippet of him singing the song on his Instagram story.[2] That same day, Grande posted a 40-second snippet of the song onto her social media.[3]

When the album was officially released, Grande posted a video onto her Instagram, her and her Nonna dancing to the song on August 17, 2018.[4]

On August 19, 2018, Grande posted a snippet of a visual for the song on her Instagram.[9]The second snippet of the visual for "Get Well Soon" was leaked online 6 years later on June 14, 2023, along with 2 other visuals that were "R.E.M." and "Sweetener". The full visual leaked a couple days later on June 18, 2023, along with the other two visuals leaking the same day, and all three visuals leaked in full.

Critical reception[]

Pitchfork editor Jillian Mapes called "Get Well Soon" a "career-defining moment" and praised it as "the sort of freeform, self-help soul ballad you'd maybe expect to round out a Beyoncé opus" and wrote: "Anyone who knows how gracefully Grande handled the horrific events at her Manchester show last year will recognize an equally graceful response to her own emotional aftermath in this song."[10] The Independent's Kate Solomon called the track ambitious and said: "As a five-minute musical interpretation of the post-traumatic panic attacks Grande has suffered, 'Get Well Soon' is not exactly enjoyable to listen to but admirable in its honesty."[11]

Paper magazine's list "Top 100 Songs of 2018" placed "Get Well Soon" at #15: "Ariana Grande did something she didn't have to, and transformed her pain into something digestible, like sweetener molecules settling into a bitter cup of coffee; Sweetener's legacy will be its resoundingly positive message about true love's grace."[12]

Live performances[]

Grande debuted "Get Well Soon" live on August 20, 2018, at The Sweetener Sessions. On May 14, 2019, the song was added to the Sweetener World Tour setlist, replacing "Goodnight N Go". However, on August 17, 2019, the song was removed and replaced by "Only 1".

Videos[]

Trivia[]

  • The length of the song (5:22) is the date of the Manchester Arena bombing (May 22, 2017).
  • This is the longest song from the album.
    • It is also Ariana's third longest song and longest solo track.
  • During the last 40 seconds of the song is silence as a tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.
  • The songs scrapped visualizer was recorded on February 8, 2018, during the albums photo shoot alongside both "R.E.M." and "Sweetener".
  • Around July 26, 2018, fans were convinced Ariana and TylerTheCreator have collaborated for "Get Well Soon" after a small interaction on Twitter.[5] Grande quickly shut down the rumors and said that Tyler was in the studio together the day she made the song and that he likes it, there was no feature on it.[6]
  • This is one of three songs from Sweetener in which Grande doesn't mention its title in the lyrics, the other two songs being "R.E.M" and "Pete Davidson"
  • This is one of five songs featuring backing vocals by Pharrell Williams, the others being "Blazed", "R.E.M", "Sweetener", and "Successful", but he isn't credited.
  • This is one of Ariana Grande's favorite song from the album.
  • Ariana Grande has described this song as a “musical hug” for people suffering also from mental health issues.
  • During the recording of the song, Ariana and her producers maxed out the Pro Tools (Software used by Ariana for the making of her music) capacity as there was too much different harmonies and vocal takes.
  • On December 13, 2017, a photo of Ariana working in studio was posted on her Instagram story. One year later, in the first episode of Dangerous Woman Diaries, there were footages of Ariana working on Get Well Soon with Pharrell Williams while she was wearing the exact same outfit with blond hair color.

Lyrics[]

[Intro]
You can feel it, feel it

[Verse 1]
(Yeah, yeah)
They say my system is overloaded
(Girl, what's wrong with you? Come back down)
I'm too much in my head, did you notice, mmm?
(Girl, what's wrong with you? Come back down)
My body's here on Earth, but I'm floating
(Girl, what's wrong with you? Come back down)
(Oh, woah) Disconnected, so sometimes, I feel frozen and alone (And alone)

[Chorus]
This is for everybody
Babe, you gotta take care of your body (Yuh, yuh, yuh)
Ain't no time to deny it (Yuh)
That is why we talking about it
Yeah, we talking about it
Deal with it to try and get by it
Ain't no time to deny it
So we had to stand and just write it

[Verse 2]
(Want you to get better, woo)
My life is so controlled by the what if's
(Girl, what's wrong with you? Come back down)
Is there anybody else who's mind does this, mmm?
(Girl, what's wrong with you? Come back down)
(Down, down, down, down, down)
Is there such a ladder to talk about this?
(Girl, what's wrong with you? Come back down)
Maybe I should ground myself where the mud is, before I'm gone (Before I'm gone)

[Chorus]
This is for everybody (Yee)
Babe, you gotta take care of your body (Yuh, yuh, yuh) (Oh, woah)
Ain't no time to deny it (Yuh) (Oh, yeah)
That is why we talking about it (Baby)
Yeah, we talking about it
Deal with it to try and get by it (Oooh)
Ain't no time to deny it (Hey)
So we had to stand and just ride it

[Refrain]
You can work your way to the top
(You can feel it, feel it, woo)
(Oh, boy)
Just know that there's up and downs and there's drops
(You can feel it, feel it, woo)
(Oh, babe)
Unfollow fear and just say "You are blocked"
(You can feel it, feel it)
Yuh
Just know there is so much room at the top
(You can feel it, feel it)
Yee

[Bridge]
Here's one thing you could trust
It take you and me to make us
One of those days you had enough
I'll be there
Cause if it ain't one thing, it's another (It's another)
And you need someone to pull you out the bubble (Out the bubble)
I'll be right there just to hug you (Just to hug you)
I'll be there (There)
Where are you? Are you home? (Where are you? Are you home?)
Call me right on the phone (Call me right on the phone)
I'll be there, ayy, I'll be there (There)
I don't care who is gone (I don't care who is gone)
You shouldn't be alone (You shouldn't be alone)
I'll be there (Mmmmm), there (There)

[Bridge]
You can work your way to the top
(You can feel it, feel it, woo)
Woo
(Yeah, I'm with you, I'm with you, I'm with you, just call me
I'm with you, I'm with you)
Just know that there's up and downs and there's drops
(You can feel it, feel it, woo) (You can feel it, feel it, babe)
(I'm with you, I'm with you, I'm with you, just call me
I'm with you, I'm with you)
(Oh, babe)
Unfollow fear and just say "You are blocked"
(You can feel it, feel it) (You can feel it, feel it)
Yuh
(I'm with you, I'm with you, I'm with you, just call me
I'm with you, I'm with you)
(Oh, yeah)
Just know there is so much room at the top
(You can feel it, feel it)
Yee
(I'm with you, I'm with you, I'm with you, just call me
No matter the issue)
(No matter what)

[Bridge]
Here's one thing you could trust
It take you and me to make us
One of those days you had enough
I'll be there (I'll be there)
Cause if it ain't one thing, it's another (It's another)
And you need someone to pull you out the bubble (Out the bubble)
I'll be right there just to hug you (Just to hug you)
I'll be there (There)
Where are you? Are you home? (Where are you? Are you home?)
Call me right on the phone (Call me right on the phone)
I'll be there (I'll be there), ayy, I'll be there (There)
I don't care who is gone (I don't care who is gone)
You shouldn't be alone (You shouldn't be alone)
I'll be there, there (There)

[Outro]
You can work your way to the top
(You can feel it, feel it)

References[]

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