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Ariana Grande - r.e

Ariana Grande - r.e.m (swt live)

"R.E.M" is the fourth track from Ariana Grande's fourth studio album, Sweetener. It was released through Republic Records on August 17, 2018.

A live version of the song is featured on K Bye For Now (SWT Live), which was released on December 23, 2019.

Background Edit

"R.E.M" is based on a Beyoncé demo titled "Wake Up", a leftover from her 2013 self-titled album, Beyoncé, which was also written and produced by Pharrell.[1] The song never made it to the album and was scrapped. Seven years later, Pharrell began working with Ariana Grande on her fourth album. He gave the song to her, which she rerecorded and titled "R.E.M." She says that "it's an entirely new song now."[2]

Grande's version was first teased in a scene in the "No Tears Left To Cry" music video which displayed what appears to be the entire tracklist for Grande's album, Sweetener.[3] She confirmed the song on April 28, 2018, and tweeted some lyrics from the track.[4][5][6] On that same day, Grande posted a photo to her Instagram story which included the definition of "R.E.M sleep", which is believed to be the concept behind the song.[7]

On June 14, 2018, Grande posted a screenshot listening to "R.E.M." to her Instagram story.[8] On June 18, 2018, Grande said that the story behind the song is "dreaming someone into your life".[9] Grande teased lyrics of the song in an interview with Elle magazine in 2018.[10] She also teased a snippet a week before the album's release on her Instagram and Twitter.[11] She posted a video snippet of her singing during rehearsals to the song onto her social media accounts.[12] Grande uploaded a snippet of a visual for the song on August 25, 2018.[13]

The song's title refers to rapid eye movement sleep, and is about "a relationship that blurs between the dream world and reality". Grande has said "R.E.M" is about "dreaming someone into your life", and is one of her favorite tracks on Sweetener. Grande's vocals span 3 octaves, from Eb3 to Eb6.

Live performances Edit

Grande performed a snippet of the song on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, on August 16, 2018. However, the song was officially debuted live on August 20, 2018, at The Sweetener Sessions. She also performed the song live on BBC Radio 1 in September 2018,[14] and on the one-hour special, Ariana Grande at the BBC, which was recorded on September 7, 2018, and aired on November 1.[15][16][17] It is also a regular part of the setlist of Grande's Sweetener World Tour, which began on March 18, 2019.

Videos Edit

Trivia Edit

  • The acronym "R.E.M." stands for rapid eye movement.
  • This is the only track that is in all capitals because it is an acronym.
  • This is one of three songs from Sweetener in which Grande doesn't mention its title in the lyrics. 
  • "R.E.M" is one of Grande's favorite songs from Sweetener.
  • This is one of five songs featuring backing vocals by Pharrell Williams, the others being "Blazed", "Sweetener", "Successful", and "Get Well Soon".
  • Grande got a tattoo of a heart with the text "REM" below, ubicated behind her right ear.

Lyrics Edit

[Intro: Ariana Grande & Beyoncé]
Mmm-hmm
Last night, boy, I met you, yeah
When I was 'sleep (Sleep)
You're such a dream to me (You're such a dream to me), mmm, woah, woah
And it was on a day like this, yeah
If you can believe
If you can believe (If you can believe), mmmm
You're such a dream to me (You're such a dream to me)

[Chorus 1: Ariana Grande & Beyoncé]
Before you speak, don't move
Cause I don't wanna
Wake up
Wake up
Wake up
Wake up (Don't wanna wake up, oh)
Wake up
Wake up
Wake up
Wake up
Boy, you're such a dream
If you can believe, ayy
Boy, you're such a dream to me (To me)

[Verse 1: Ariana Grande]
"Excuse me, um, I love you"
I know that's not the way to start a conversation, trouble
I watch 'em other girls (Girls) when they come and bug you
But I felt like I knew you, so I just wanted to hug you
Plus you don't know your way around
You can stop your playing now
All your worries, lay 'em down (Shh, Don't say it loud)
(Is this real, baby?) (Is this real?)
(Bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum)
You're like:
"I love you, who starts a conversation like that?"
Nobody but I do
But you are not a picture, I can't cut you up and hide you
I'll get you out my mind (Get you out my mind), ah, or try to
But I just want to stand and yell
I will never dare to tell
Think I heard some wedding bells (Think I heard some wedding bells) (Shh, Keep it to yourself), hey
(Is this real?) (Is this real? Is this real?)

[Chorus 2: Ariana Grande & Beyoncé]
Before you speak, don't move (Don't move)
Cause I don't wanna (Cause I don't wanna wake up)
Wake up (Wake up)
Wake up
Wake up (Wake up) (Ooh, bae)
Wake up (Don't wanna wake up, oh, no)
Wake up (Wake up)
Wake up
Wake up (Wake up)
Wake up
Cause you're such a dream
If you can believe (If you can believe) (You can believe)
You're such a dream to me (You're such a dream to me), mmm, boy

[Verse 2: Ariana Grande & Pharrell Williams]
I could buy you anything, but I could not buy you (I could buy you anything, but I could not buy you)
Before your boy gets smart, I would never try to
You know I'm thinking to myself (You know I'm thinking to myself):
"What happened?, Why you? (Why you?) (Why you?)"
But when I see you in my dreams (Shh), I know (I know)
You know how to treat it (You know how to treat it)
You know how to eat it (You know how to eat it)
You know how to beat it (You know how to beat it) (I know how to keep it)
The Good Housekeeping Seal (The Good Housekeeping Seal)
(Bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum)
I don't just wanna touch you
I'm tryna turn two single people into a couple (Into a couple)
What's your next month like? Tell me what you're up to (Tell me what you're up to) (Up to)
We can leave right now, boy, you don't need a duffel
What about La Perla? Let Vickie keep her secret
Boy, it ain't no secret if I know you're gonna peep it, (Oh-hey)

[Chorus 2: Ariana Grande & Beyoncé]
Before you speak, don't move (Don't move)
Cause I don't wanna (Cause I don't wanna wake up)
Wake up (Wake up)
Wake up
Wake up (Wake up)
Wake up
Wake up (Wake up)
Wake up
Wake up (Wake up)
Wake up (No, I don't wanna)
Cause you're such a dream (Does this end?)
If you can believe (If you can believe) (Can believe)
You're such a dream to me (You're such a dream to me), mmm, boy (To me) (Me)

[Outro: Ariana Grande]
Mmm, yeah
Mmm, yeah
Mmm
Mmm
Mmm

References Edit

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.MSuccessfulSweetenerThe Light Is Coming
Unreleased My WayGot Her OwnSoberYou
Artists
Ariana GrandeMissy ElliottNicki MinajPharrell Williams
Tour
Sweetener World TourThe Sweetener Sessions
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