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"Incline" (stylized in all lowercase) is an unreleased song intended for Ariana Grande’s fourth studio album Sweetener. It was written by Pharrell Williams and co-written by Ariana.

Incline talks about how Grande can't forget about her partner and that she won't stop thinking about them. No matter how hard she tries to move on, she physically can't and she finds herself inclined to them.

Background

The song was recorded back in 2016 before being leaked on February 16, 2021, on a leakers discord. The song uses modern R&B elements and has a swingy-upbeat rhythm. Incline also shows off Grande's sultry whistles during the outro and can be heard in the background of the song as well. She also shows off her lower register during the majority of the song. The song could also be most comparable with "Everytime".

Trivia

  • This is one of thirty unreleased songs from Sweetener which have been scrapped prior to the album's release

Lyrics


[Chorus]
Hey, I can't get nowhere (Get nowhere)
Get nowhere (Get nowhere)
Get nowhere (Get nowhere)
Get nowhere (Get nowhere)
Cause I keep running back to you (To you, to you, to you)
To you (To you, to you, to you)
To you (To you, to you, to you)
To you (To you, to you, to you)
To you (To you, to you, to you)
To you (To you, to you, to you)
To you (To you, to you, to you)

[Verse 1]
Dear diary, it's me again
I know that you've heard this before
Don't laugh at me, I told my friends too
This time I'm mentally ready to go (Sheesh)

[Pre-Chorus]
Something's wrong as I look around, I'm getting nowhere
Cause I am not moving, instead, I'm sitting dead still
Something's wrong as I look around, I'm getting nowhere
I thought I was on an escalator but I'm really on a treadmill

[Chorus]
Hey, I can't get nowhere (Get nowhere)
Get nowhere (Get nowhere)
Get nowhere (Get nowhere)
Get nowhere (Get nowhere)
Cause I keep running back to you (To you, to you, to you)
To you (To you, to you, to you)
To you (To you, to you, to you)
To you (To you, to you, to you)
To you (To you, to you, to you)
To you (To you, to you, to you)
To you (To you, to you, to you)

[Verse 2]
Gettin' rid of pictures, all memorabilia (Yeah)
And I know it sounds silly but it's in the way
That's what you gotta do when you're making moves
Yeah, my mind has a better picture of your face (Sheesh)

[Pre-Chorus]
Something's wrong as I look around, I'm getting nowhere
Cause I am not moving, instead, I'm sitting dead still
Something's wrong as I look around, I'm getting nowhere
I thought I was on an escalator but I'm really on a treadmill

[Chorus]
Hey, I can't get nowhere (Get nowhere)
Get nowhere (Get nowhere)
Get nowhere (Get nowhere)
Get nowhere (Get nowhere)
Cause I keep running back to you (To you, to you, to you)
To you (To you, to you, to you)
To you (To you, to you, to you)
To you (To you, to you, to you)
To you (To you, to you, to you)
To you (To you, to you, to you)
To you (To you, to you, to you)

[Bridge]
You think it's funny now?
Cause I ain't got nowhere
But I got a heart like Wonder Woman (Wonder Woman)
Wonder Woman (Wonder Woman)
Won't be able to run me down
Cause I won't be there
You'll be looking for your Wonder Woman (Wonder Woman)
Wonder Woman (Wonder Woman)

[Pre-Chorus]
Something's wrong as I look around, I'm getting nowhere
Cause I am not moving, instead, I'm sitting dead still
Something's wrong as I look around, I'm getting nowhere
I thought I was on an escalator but I'm really on a treadmill

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.M.SuccessfulSweetenerThe Light Is Coming
Unreleased ClarityGot Her OwnJason On OccasionInclineMoreMy WayOn Top Of EverythingSoberYou
Artists
Ariana GrandeMissy ElliottNicki MinajPharrell Williams
Tour
Sweetener World TourThe Sweetener Sessions