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I think the song that means the most to me on Yours Truly is "Honeymoon Avenue", definitely, I love that song.

– Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande - Honeymoon Avenue (Full Song) (Official Audio)

Ariana Grande - Honeymoon Avenue (Full Song) (Official Audio)

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"Honeymoon Avenue" is the first song on Ariana Grande's debut album Yours Truly. It's one of her favorite songs she's ever recorded.

Background

"Honeymoon Avenue" was first written in 2011. Ariana performed the song on December 28, 2011 at Irving Plaza. It was one of her earliest songs.[1] The original version of the song is much different from the version that appears on Yours Truly. Ariana said in an interview when the song was originally recorded, it sounded very upbeat and bright and happy and mo towny and didn't really capture the emotional part of what the song was about. So in early-mid 2013, Ariana's good friends and producers The Rascals, rearranged the song to better fit the message. They added violins and cellos, slowed down the tempo, and changed some on the arrangement. Ariana said she feels, "like it finally captures what the song's really about."[2]

Composition

Literally, the song speaks of someone in a car being driven by her (romantic) partner. The driver is stuck to the same old route and driving mode that may make them crash. The passenger knows that well and tries to make their partner turn away, but is (almost) unable to.

Metaphorically, the song speaks of two people who used to be very in love and in that "honeymoon phase". The spark has faded though and they are drifting farther and farther apart. The relationship is not where it used to be. The singer says that they want to go back to the way things were. In order to do that, they need to make a change in the relationship, or else they might "crash and burn" meaning they might break up.

Ariana revealed in an interview with Cosmopolitan, that she was "in some relationships that actually took a toll on me mentally and made me feel like a different person in a bad way." She then went on to say that "Honeymoon Avenue" was written about "a very confused relationship that I stayed in for all the wrong reasons. I was so incredibly sad while I was with this person. I'm a happy girl — I love laughing. But I don't remember smiling once when I was with him."

Trivia

• Ariana is releasing the original version of Honeymoon Avenue by the end of the week along with Voodoo Love. She announced this on her Snapchat (moonlightbae) on November 6, 2015. However, she still hasn't released it yet.

• The original version of Honeymoon Avenue is more upbeat and pop, unlike the final version on Yours Truly.

• The firstst voice you hear on the track is Leon Thomas. Leon and Ariana both played in the Nickelodeon show 'Victorous'

Lyrics

I looked in my rearview mirror and
It seemed to make a lot more sense
Than what I see ahead of us, ahead of us, yeah
I'm ready to make that turn
Before we both crash and burn
'Cause that could be the death of us, the death of us, baby

You know how to drive in rain
And you decided not to make a change
Stuck in the same old lane
Going the wrong way home

I feel like my heart is stuck in bumper to bumper
Traffic, I'm under pressure
'Cause I can't have you the way that I want
Let's just go back to the way it was

When we were on Honeymoon Avenue
Honeymoon Avenue
Baby, coastin' like crazy
Can we get back to the way it was?

Hey, what happened to the butterflies?
Guess they encountered that stop sign
And my heart is at a yellow light (a yellow light)
Hey, right when I think that we found it
Well, that's when we start turning around
You're saying, "Baby, don't worry"
But we're still going the wrong way, baby

You know how to drive in rain
And you decided not to make a change
Stuck in the same old lane
Going the wrong way home

I feel like my heart is stuck in bumper to bumper
Traffic, I'm under pressure
Cause I can't have you the way that I want
Let's just go back to the way it was

When we were on Honeymoon Avenue
Honeymoon Avenue
Baby, coastin' like crazy
Can we get back to the way it was?

They say only fools fall in love
Well, they must've been talking about us
And sometimes I feel like I've been here before
I could be wrong, but I know I'm right
We gon' be lost if we continue to fight
Honey, I know, yeah
We can find our way home

I feel like my heart is stuck in bumper to bumper
Traffic, I'm under pressure
'Cause I can't have you the way that I want
Let's just go back to the way it was

When we were on Honeymoon Avenue
Honeymoon Avenue
Baby, coastin' like crazy
Can we get back to the way it was?

When we were on Honeymoon Avenue
Honeymoon Avenue
My baby, coastin' like crazy
Can we get back to the way it was?

You know how to drive in rain
You decided not to make a change
Stuck in the same old lane
Going the wrong way home

I feel like my heart is stuck in... traffic,
I'm under... pressure, pressure
Let's just go back to the way it was

When we were on...
(Honeymoon Avenue, Honeymoon Avenue, Honeymoon Avenue, Honeymoon Avenue)

Let's just go back, back, back

References

Yours Truly
September 3, 2013 • 46:28 • Republic Records
Songs
Released Almost Is Never EnoughBaby IBetter Left UnsaidDaydreamin'Honeymoon AvenueLovin' ItPianoPopular SongRight ThereTattooed HeartThe WayYou'll Never Know
Unreleased Boyfriend MaterialDo You Love MeLa Vie En RosePink ChampagneStick AroundSuitcaseVoodoo LoveYou're My Only Shawty
Artists
Ariana GrandeBig SeanMac MillerMIKANathan Sykes
Tour
The Listening Sessions
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