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"Santa Tell Me" is a Christmas single by Ariana Grande. It was released through Republic Records on November 24, 2014. It was later featured as the fifth track on the reissue of Christmas Kisses. The explicit version was released on December 10, 2023, on a digital reissue of Christmas & Chill, subtitled the "Naughty Version".

The single reached its new peak at #5 on the Billboard Global 200 and enters the Top 10 on the Global Excl. U.S. chart at #7 in December 2020.

Background and release[]

Grande first confirmed this song in a live stream that she did on October 28, 2014.[1] She said at first she didn't want to do another Christmas song but then she changed her mind. Grande confirmed the title of the song and the release date to be November 24, 2014.[2] The audio version of the song was uploaded on November 23, 2014, and the lyric video on November 25, 2014, on her official Vevo YouTube channel.

The explicit version was exclusively released on the Christmas & Chill EP vinyl as a hidden track. However, on December 10, 2023, Grande released the explicit version as part of a digital reissue of the Christmas & Chill EP. It is said that the explicit version was the original version of the song before being censored for younger audiences. The only differences between the original and the explicit version are the lyrics in the bridge.

Live performances[]

On December 5, 2014, a special aired called A Very Grammy Christmas where Grande performed "Santa Tell Me" (the show was filmed on November 16).[3]

The song was later added to the third leg setlist of the Sweetener World Tour, in a Christmas & Chill medley, with "December", "True Love" and "Wit It This Christmas".

Music video[]

The official music video was uploaded to YouTube on December 12, 2014, to the official ArianaGrandeVevo YouTube channel. It was made by Grande and her friends Brian and Scott Nicholson, Nekai Johnson, Tracy Takahashi, and Grande's other back up dancers.

Trivia[]

  • The music video was filmed in early November 2014 at Grande's house in Los Angeles, California.
  • The explicit version was originally featured on the Christmas & Chill vinyl record as a hidden track.
    • It was later released digitally with a reissue of the Christmas & Chill EP.
  • On Grande's Spotify Billions Club episode, she stated that the music video for this song was her backup video. The original music video featured Grande wearing Christmas lingerie while beating Santa Claus with a candy cane pole.

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Gallery[]

Lyrics[]

[Chorus]
Santa, tell me if you're really there
Don't make me fall in love again if he won't be here next year
Santa, tell me if he really cares
Cause I can't give it all away if he won't be here next year

[Verse 1]
Feeling Christmas all around
And I'm trying to play it cool
But it's hard to focus when I see him walking 'cross the room
"Let it snow" is blasting out
But I won't get it in the mood
I'm avoiding every mistletoe until I know it's...

[Pre-Chorus]
True love that he thinks of
So next Christmas I'm not all alone, boy

[Chorus]
Santa, tell me if you're really there
Don't make me fall in love again if he won't be here next year
Santa, tell me if he really cares
Cause I can't give it all away if he won't be here next year

[Verse 2]
I've been down this road before
Fell in love on Christmas night
But on New Year's Day, I woke up and he wasn't by my side
Now I need someone to hold
Be my fire in the cold
But it's hard to tell if this is just a fling or if it's...

[Pre-Chorus]
True love that he thinks of
So next Christmas I'm not all alone, boy

[Chorus]
Santa, tell me if you're really there
Don't make me fall in love again if he won't be here next year
Santa, tell me if he really cares
Cause I can't give it all away if he won't be here next year

[Bridge]
Oh, I wanna have him beside me, like ohh-woo-hooo
On the 25th, by that fireplace, ohh-woo-hooo
But I don't want a new broken heart
This year I've got to be smart
Oh, baby (Santa, tell me, Santa, tell me)
If ya won't be, if ya won't be here (Santa, tell me, Santa, tell me)
Ohh-hoo-wooo-wooho

[Breakdown]
Santa, tell me if you're really there
Don't make me fall in love again if he won't be here next year
Santa, tell me if he really cares
Cause I can't give it all away if he won't be here next year

[Chorus]
Santa, tell me if you're really there
Don't make me fall in love again if he won't be here next year
Santa, tell me if he really cares
Cause I can't give it all away if he won't be here next year

[Chorus]
Santa, tell me if you're really there
Don't make me fall in love again if he won't be here next year
Santa, tell me if he really cares
Cause I can't give it all away if he won't be here next year

[Verse 1]
Feeling Christmas all around
And I'm trying to play it cool
But it's hard to focus when I see him walking 'cross the room
"Let it snow" is blasting out
But I won't get it in the mood
I'm avoiding every mistletoe until I know it's...

[Pre-Chorus]
True love that he thinks of
So next Christmas I'm not all alone, boy

[Chorus]
Santa, tell me if you're really there
Don't make me fall in love again if he won't be here next year
Santa, tell me if he really cares
Cause I can't give it all away if he won't be here next year

[Verse 2]
I've been down this road before
Fell in love on Christmas night
But on New Year's Day, I woke up and he wasn't by my side
Now I need someone to hold
Be my fire in the cold
But it's hard to tell if this is just a fling or if it's...

[Pre-Chorus]
True love that he thinks of
So next Christmas I'm not all alone, boy

[Chorus]
Santa, tell me if you're really there
Don't make me fall in love again if he won't be here next year
Santa, tell me if he really cares
Cause I can't give it all away if he won't be here next year

[Bridge]
Oh, I wanna let him unwrap me, like ohh-woo-hooo
Get on top of him by that fireplace, ohh-woo-hooo
But I don't want a new broken heart
This year I've got to be smart
Oh, baby (Santa, tell me, Santa, tell me)
If ya won't be, if ya won't be here (Santa, tell me, Santa, tell me)
Ohh-hoo-wooo-wooho

[Breakdown]
Santa, tell me if you're really there
Don't make me fall in love again if he won't be here next year
Santa, tell me if he really cares
Cause I can't give it all away if he won't be here next year

[Chorus]
Santa, tell me if you're really there
Don't make me fall in love again if he won't be here next year
Santa, tell me if he really cares
Cause I can't give it all away if he won't be here next year

References[]

Christmas Kisses
December 17, 2013 • 13:15 • Republic Records
Songs
Released Last ChristmasLove Is EverythingSanta BabySanta Tell MeSnow In California
Unreleased I Don't Want To Be Alone for Christmas
Artists
Ariana GrandeElizabeth Gillies
Christmas & Chill
December 18, 2015 • 13:09 • Republic Records
Songs
DecemberInto You (Remix)IntroNot Just On ChristmasSanta Tell Me (Naughty Version)True LoveWinter ThingsWit It This Christmas
Artists
Ariana GrandeMac Miller
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