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This article is about the song. For the album, see Sweetener (album).

"Sweetener" (stylized in all lower case) is the sixth and title track from Ariana Grande's fourth studio album with the same name. It was released through Republic Records on August 17, 2018.

The song was named as the 65th best song of 2018 on Pitchfork's year-end list "The 100 Best Songs of 2018".[5]

Background Edit

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Grande at studio recording "Sweetener" on July 30, 2016.[6]

Grande first teased this track back on November 5, 2016 via Instagram.[7]

It was also teased in a scene in the "No Tears Left To Cry" music video which displayed what appears to be the entire track list for the album Sweetener.[8] On July 15, 2018, Grande posted a picture of herself listening to “Sweetener” to her Instagram Story.[9]

On July 17, 2018, the Sweetener album track list was revealed on its Instagram account confirming that the song is featured as the sixth track on the album.[10] On July 21, 2018, a paparazzi leaked a snippet of Grande playing the song in her car, if you listen closely you can hear the word "Sweetener", later that day Grande confirmed the snippet.[11][12]

Live performances Edit

Grande debuted "Sweetener" live on August 20, 2018 at The Sweetener Sessions and is a regular part of the setlist of Grande's Sweetener World Tour, which began on March 18, 2019.

Trivia Edit

  • This was the first song recorded and written for the album.[1]
  • This is one of two songs featuring backing vocals by Pharrell Williams, the other one being "R.E.M".

Lyrics Edit

[Chorus]
When life deals us cards
Make everything taste like it is salt
Then you come through like the sweetener you are
To bring the bitter taste to a halt

[Post-Chorus]
And then you get it, get it, get it, get it (Ayy)
Hit it, hit it, hit it, hit it (Ayy)
Flip it, flip it, flip it
You make me say oh, oh (Sheesh, sheesh)
Twist it, twist it, twist it, twist it
Mix it and mix it and mix it and mix it
Kiss it, kiss it, kiss it
You make me say oh, oh (Sheesh, sheesh)

[Verse 1]
I like the way you lick the bowl (Sheesh)
Somehow your method touches my soul (Sheesh, yeah)
It lifts me up to heights unknown (Ayy)
So when they ask, "How's life?" I go (Sheesh, sheesh)

[Chorus]
When life deals us cards
Make everything taste like it is salt
Then you come through like the sweetener you are
To bring the bitter taste to a halt

[Post-Chorus]
And then you get it, get it, get it, get it (Ayy)
Hit it, hit it, hit it, hit it (Ayy)
Flip it, flip it, flip it
You make me say oh, oh (Sheesh, sheesh)
Twist it, twist it, twist it, twist it
Mix it and mix it and mix it and mix it
Kiss it, kiss it, kiss it
You make me say oh, oh (Sheesh, sheesh)

[Verse 2]
Your mama sent us horoscopes (Sheesh)
Had so much fun watching them unfold (Sheesh, yeah)
You said she like me, I smiled, I know (Ayy)
So when they ask, "How's life?" I go (Sheesh, sheesh)

[Chorus]
When life deals us cards
Make everything taste like it is salt
Then you come through like the sweetener you are
To bring the bitter taste to a halt

[Post-Chorus]
And then you get it, get it, get it, get it
Hit it, hit it, hit it, hit it
Flip it, flip it, flip it
You make me say oh, oh (Sheesh, sheesh)
Twist it, twist it, twist it, twist it
Mix it and mix it and mix it and mix it
Kiss it, kiss it, kiss it
You make me say oh, oh (Sheesh, sheesh)

[Bridge]
And then we lay it back, talk the rest of the night
Things that we can light make me say oh, oh (Sheesh, sheesh)
Talking 'bout what you wanna do, whether it’s wrong or right
I am followin' you 'cause you make me say oh, oh (Sheesh, sheesh)
Said I don't know what I'd do without you in my life, it'd be so sour
I'm hoping that everybody can experience what we have in ours

[Chorus]
When life deals us cards
Make everything taste like it is salt (Sheesh, sheesh)
Then you come through like the sweetener you are
To bring the bitter taste to a halt (Sheesh, sheesh)

[Post-Chorus]
And then you get it, get it, get it, get it
Hit it, hit it, hit it, hit it
Flip it, flip it, flip it
You make me say oh, oh (Sheesh, sheesh)
Twist it, twist it, twist it, twist it
Mix it and mix it and mix it and mix it
Kiss it, kiss it, kiss it
You make me say oh, oh (Sheesh, sheesh)
You make me say oh, babe

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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