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"In My Head" (stylized in all lowercase) is the ninth track from Ariana Grande's fifth studio album, Thank U, Next.[2] It was released on February 8, 2019 through Republic Records.

Background Edit

Grande confirmed the song via Twitter on December 13, 2018.[3]

When Grande was asked what this song was about on January 23, 2019, she answered it's about "being in love w[ith] a version of somebody you've created in your head. Falling for someone that they are not."[4]

The song features a voicemail of one Grande's closest friends, Doug Middlebrook, which was found after the song had been produced. Grande said she used this because "Doug was such an incredible friend to [her] in that time". Originally Grande wanted a quote from a movie in which Jack Nicholson says "You seem to have things strangely confused in your mind",[5] but she couldn't due to legal reasons.

Chart performance Edit

On the week ending February 23, 2019, the song debuted at number 38 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[6]

Music video Edit

There are two music videos for In My Head - the first being a Vogue music video of the song that was attached to Vogue's August 2019 publication. The video premiered on Vogue's YouTube channel on July 9, 2019.[7] It was directed by Bardia Zeinali.[8] In the music video, Zeinali "captures the creative claustrophobia of being Ariana Grande."[9]

The other music video has played every night at the Sweetener World Tour as an interlude between set 3 and 4. It has yet to be officially released.

Videos Edit

Gallery Edit

Trivia Edit

  • This is one of Nonna Grande's favorite tracks from Thank U, Next, along with "Imagine" and "7 Rings".[10]
  • On November 14, 2019, Grande posted an a cappella outtake from the Vogue music video, reading: "@voguemagazine ‘in my head’ outtake courtesy of @bardiazeinali 🤍💿". [11]

Lyrics Edit

[Intro: Doug Middlebrook]
Here's the thing: you’re in love with a version of a person that you've created in your head, that you are trying to but cannot fix. Uh, the only person you can fix is yourself. I love you, this has gone on way too long. Enough is enough. I'm two blocks away, I’m coming over.​

[Verse 1: Ariana Grande]
Painted a picture, I thought I knew you well
I got a habit of seeing what isn't there
Caught in the moment, tangled up in your sheets
When you broke my heart, I said you only wanted half of me

[Pre-Chorus: Ariana Grande]
My imagination's too creative
They see demon, I see angel, angel (Angel), angel
Without the halo, wingless angel

[Chorus: Ariana Grande]
Falling, falling, but I never thought you'd leave me
Falling, falling, needed something to believe in, oh
I thought you were the one
But it was all in my head
It was all in my head (Skrrt, skrrt)

[Post-Chorus: Ariana Grande]
Yeah, look at you (You), boy, I invented you
Your Gucci tennis shoes, runnin' from your issues
Cardio good for the heart (For the heart)
I figure we can work it out, hmm

[Verse 2: Ariana Grande]
Painted a picture; I thought I drew you well
I had a vision of seeing what isn't there
Caught in the moment, tangled up in your sheets
When you broke my heart, said you only wanted half of me

[Pre-Chorus: Ariana Grande]
My imagination's too creative
They see Cain and I see Abel (Abel), Abel (Abel), Abel
I know you're able, willin’ and able

[Chorus: Ariana Grande]
Falling, falling, but I thought that you would need me
Falling, falling, needed something to believe in, oh
I thought that you were the one
But it was all in my head
It was all in my head (Skrrt, skrrt)

[Post-Chorus: Ariana Grande]
Yeah, look at you (You), boy, I invented you
Your Gucci tennis shoes, runnin’ from your issues
Cardio good for the heart (For the heart)
I figure we can work it out, hmm

[Bridge: Ariana Grande]
Wanted you to grow, but, boy, you wasn't budding
Everything you are made you everything you aren’t
I saw your potential without seein' credentials
Maybe that's the issue (Yeah, yeah)
Said maybe that's the issue, ah
Can’t hold that shit against you, ah
Guess I did it to myself, yeah
Thought you were somebody else, you

[Outro]
Thought you were somebody else, you (You)
Thought you were somebody else, you

References Edit

Thank U, Next
February 8, 2019 • 41:04 • Republic Records
Songs
Released 7 RingsBad IdeaBloodlineBreak Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm BoredFake SmileGhostinImagineIn My HeadMake UpNASANeedyThank U, Next
Unreleased Remember
Artists
Ariana Grande
Tour
Sweetener World Tour
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