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I think sonically it’s my favorite. It’s very different for me, it’s very like trippy, Rubber Soul vibes and that is kind of my favorite music to listen to and I don't think I have ever really explored it for myself, but it just felt really fun to lean into it and make something like super trippy and 60s, organic feeling.

–Ariana in the Zach Sang interview for Eternal Sunshine[1]

"Imperfect For You" (stylized in all lowercase) is the twelfth track on Ariana Grande's seventh studio album, Eternal Sunshine. It was released on March 8, 2024, through Republic Records. An acoustic version of the song was released on Grande's website on March 9, 2024, as part of the "slightly deluxe" edition of Eternal Sunshine.

Background[]

On March 6, 2024 Grande posted a video on her tiktok teasing Eternal Sunshine with a snippet of the song in the background.[2] On February 27, 2024, it was announced that this song would be a part of Eternal Sunshine.

Live performances[]

A live performance of the song on Saturday Night Live was released on March 10, 2024.[3]

Trivia[]

  • The line "We crashed and we burned" is a reference to "Honeymoon Avenue".
  • This is the last song Ariana wrote for the album and her favorite.[1]
  • This song has a similar melody to a track used in the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The music plays in the film at 28:34.
  • Joan Grande presented Ariana before her performance on Saturday Night Live.
  • Physical copies of Eternal Sunshine contain an alternate lyric to this song. The lyric is “my love forget what you’ve planned” instead of “my love they don’t understand”.
  • This is the only song on the Eternal Sunshine album that Ariana posted a snippet of, even though she said she wouldn't release snippets of any of the songs.[4]
  • The chord progression in the song was written by Max Martin in the 90s, who couldn't write a suitable song for it before Ariana started singing along to it.[5]

Lyrics[]

[Verse 1]
My boy, come take my hand
Throw your guitar and your clothes in the back seat
My love, they don't understand
But I'll hold your hurt in a box here beside me

[Pre-Chorus]
How could we know
We'd rearrange all the cosmos, mmm?
We crashed and we burned
Now I just can't go where you don't go

[Chorus]
And usually I'm
Fucked up, anxious, too much
But I'll love you like you need me to
Imperfect for you
Messy, completely distressed
But I'm not like that since I met you
Imperfect for you

[Verse 2]
Lеt's go tonight
'Cause there's just a fеw seconds left 'til tomorrow
We have all that we need
Let's leave our baggage and wine at the table (Ooh), mmm

[Pre-Chorus]
How could we know
That this was a happy disaster, mmm? (Happy disaster, mmm)
I'm glad we crashed and burned (We crashed and burned)
I'll never forget when you told me

[Chorus]
You said, "Usually I'm
Fucked up, anxious, too much"
But I'll love you like you need me to
Imperfect for you
Messy, completely distressed
But I'm not like that since I met you, mmm

[Pre-Chorus]
How could we know
We'd make the bad stuff delightful, mmm?
I'm glad we crashed and burned
I know we'll be there for each other

[Chorus]
When we're feelin'
Fucked up, anxious, too much
But I'll love you like you need me to
Imperfect for you
Messy, completely distressed
But I'm not like that since I met you
Imperfect for you

[Outro]
Fucked up, anxious, too much
Like you need me to
Imperfect for you
Messy, completely distressed
Not like that since I met you
Imperfect for you

References[]

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Eternal Sunshine
March 8, 2024 • 35:26 • Republic Records
Songs
Released ByeDon't Wanna Break Up AgainEternal SunshineI Wish I Hated YouImperfect For YouIntro (End of the World)Ordinary ThingsSaturn ReturnsSupernaturalThe Boy Is MineTrue StoryWe Can't Be Friends (Wait For Your Love)Yes, And?
Unreleased EternallyOnly When It MattersRainbowShoot My HeartSoul Idea
Artists
Ariana GrandeBrandyDiana GarlandMariah CareyMarjorie GrandeMonicaTroye Sivan
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