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"Treadmill" (stylized in all lowercase; originally titled "Incline") is an unreleased song by Ariana Grande that was intended for her fourth studio album, Sweetener. Imogen Heap is featured in two different versions.

Background

The first version of the song was leaked in full on February 16, 2021, on a leaker's Discord server.

The original file for version one of the song leaked on July 17, 2023, along with the original file of "Clarity".

The second version of the song leaked on January 3, 2024, during a mass leak alongside several other unreleased songs, demos, and sessions.

The third version of the song has yet to leak, but the original file name for it has leaked with it being "AG Treadmill [no verses] 10.0 Chalice 1.7.18".

Audios

Trivia

  • This song 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.
  • The song also uses modern R&B elements and has a swingy-upbeat rhythm, showing off Grande's sultry whistles during the outro and can also be heard in the background of the song as well. She also shows off her lower register during the majority of the song.
  • It was made in the same session as "Clarity".
  • The lyrical content of the song is similar to "Everytime".
  • All the BGVS and additional background vocals in the song are featured from Imogen Heap.
  • The original file that leaked was version 5.0, so we can speculate that there was many other versions before it got to Grande.
  • This song used to be commonly mistaken for another unreleased song from Sweetener, because of it's lyrical content, that song being "You".

Lyrics

[Intro: Imogen Heap]
Ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah (Woo, ooh)
Ah-ah-ah (Woo, ooh)
Ah-ah-ah-ah (Woo, ooh)
Ah-ah-ah (Woo)

[Chorus: Ariana Grande & Imogen Heap]
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: Ariana Grande]
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: Ariana Grande]
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: Ariana Grande & Imogen Heap & Both]
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: Ariana Grande]
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: Ariana Grande]
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: Ariana Grande & Imogen Heap & Both]
Hey, I can't get nowhere (Get nowhere) (Sheesh)
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: Ariana Grande]
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: Ariana Grande]
Something's wrong as I look around, I'm getting nowhere
'Cause I am not moving, instead, I'm sitting dead still (Sheesh)
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: Ariana Grande & Imogen Heap]
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)

[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

[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)

Navigation

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 100Bad To YouClarityCloudsCocoonDaydream On OccasionEnd Up With YouEver BeenGot Her OwnHate That You Made Me Love YouI Don't Wanna LieI Love MeKeep It CuteMan Of SteelMoreMy WayNobodyOk NowOn Top Of EverythingPretty Girls Like Trap MusicRush DeliverySexShnackSoberSouth AfricaStrong EnoughSweetener FlourishTreadmillWifeeYou
Artists
Ariana GrandeAli TamposiBiaBeyoncéChaka KhanDua LipaCamila CabelloCharlie PuthImogen HeapJennifer HudsonKelly RowlandLucky DayeMissy ElliottN.E.R.D.Nicki MinajNormaniPharrell WilliamsQuavoRita OraSkeptaStarrahSZAT-PainVictoria Monét
Tour
Sweetener World TourThe Sweetener Sessions
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