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It's an untrue story based on all untrue events. It sets up "The Boy Is Mine", obviously. It's kind of like 'Okay, I'll play the bad girl, now here's your bad girl anthem'. That's why they're in that order on the tracklist.

–Grande about the song and it's relationship to "The Boy Is Mine"[1]

"True Story" (stylized in all lowercase) is the seventh track on Ariana Grande's seventh studio album, Eternal Sunshine, originally intended for the scrapped Seth MacFarlane Show. It was released on March 8, 2024, through Republic Records. On March 11, 2024, an acapella version of the song was released as part of Eternal Sunshine (Slightly Deluxe).

Background[]

The first snippet was leaked on June 21, 2023, and was titled "ARIANA 11" by the seller of the song, alongside a snippet of "Fantasize". The second snippet leaked on June 30, 2023. The song and it's session leaked the same day alongside "Soul Idea".

On September 14, 2023, Grande commented on a TikTok account that had posted the song. The comment read "oh this is so disheartening. i was going to come back to this hook to use eventually. i don't know how people are still doing this but please stop."[2] The comment has now been deleted along with the account whose video she commented on.

Six months later on February 17, 2024, it was announced that the song would be Track 7 on Grande's seventh studio album Eternal Sunshine.

When talking about this song in her interview with Zach Sang, Grande stated, "Yeah, I actually had that hook from the batch of songs that Max and I were working on for the Seth MacFarlane TV show that never happened. So that was like a sister song to Fantasize. A couple of these little seedlings existed before this album and I actually, in the moment, was like 'We might have to save some of these for when we do an album'. So that was something that I, even though there is a version of it out there already on TikTok, I was like it feels so important, I love it that much that I kind of want to reclaim it and make out of it what I wanted to originally. I didn't want to like, let them win in that way, I guess." When asked about the biggest changes between the demo and the final released version, Grande explained, "Oh my goodness, everything. The production, the vocals, the lyrics, everything. It was just like a shell, it was a seedling back then. It was a song about something completely entirely different, I'm not gonna remember that one anymore."[3]

Audios[]

Trivia[]

  • The demos that leaked from 2021 and 2022 feature around 20 seconds of incoherent mumble singing.
  • As revealed in the leaked session files, "True Story" samples its drum pattern from "Don't Hurt Yourself" by Beyoncé.
  • Grande described this song as the sister song to "Fantasize" when being interviewed by Zach Sang.[4]
  • This is the only song from the 2021-2022 sessions to make the album.
  • This song used the same synths used in the unreleased song "Gloss", "The Boy Is Mine", and "Eternal Sunshine".
  • The first mumble demo had a perspective change on the chorus, the changes being "No, this is not what you need/Not what you want" instead of "No, this is not what i need/Not what i want".

Lyrics[]

[Chorus]
This is a true story about all the lies
You fantasized (Fantasized) 'bout you and I
This is a true story about all the games
I know you play

[Post-Chorus]
No, this is not what I need (Give me love, love, give me love)
Not what I want (Give me love, love, give me love)
Ain't gonna happen to me (Give me love, love, give me love, love)
Lo-love, give me love, give me love, love
Love, love, lo-lovе

[Verse 1]
I'll play the villain if you need me to
I know how this goes, yеah
I'll be the one you pay to see, play the scene
Roll the cameras please

[Pre-Chorus]
Turnin' like a dime (Dime)
Wastin' all their time
Sneakin' like a creep in the night
But I'll play whatever part you need me to
Mm

[Chorus]
This is a true story about all the lies
You fantasized (Fantasized)
'Bout you and I
This is a true story about all the games (All the games)
I know you play

[Post-Chorus]
No, this is not what I need (Give me love, love, give me love)
Not what I want (Give me love, love, give me love)
Ain't gonna happen to me (Give me love, love, give me love, love)
Lo-love, give me love, give me love, love
Love, love, lo-love

[Verse 2]
I'll play the bad girl if you need me to
If it makes you feel better
I'll be the one you love to hate, can't relate
Too much on my plate

[Pre-Chorus]
See it in your eyes (Eyes)
You got too much time
For fun, you like to pray for my demise, mm
But I'll play whatever part you need me to
And I'll be good in it too

[Chorus]
This is a true story about all the lies
You fantasized (Fantasized)
'Bout you and I
This is a true story about all the games (All the games)
I know you play

[Post-Chorus]
No, this is not what I need (Give me love, love, give me love)
Not what I want (Give me love, love, give me love)
Ain't gonna happen to me (Give me love, love, give me love, love)
Ooh (Lo-love, give me love, give me love, love)
Give me love, give me love (Love, love, lo-love)
Not what I want (Give me love, love, give me love)
And not what I need (Give me love, love, give me love)
Ain't gonna happen to me (Give me love, love, give me love, love)
Give me love, give me love, give me love (Lo-love, love, give me love, give me love, love)
Mm (Love, love, lo-love)

[Outro]
Mm, mm

[Chorus]
This is a true story about all the lies
You fantasize ‘bout you and I
This is a true story about all the games
I know you play

[Post-Chorus]
Boy, this is not what I need
(Give me love, love, give me love)
Not what I want
(Give me love, love, give me love)
Ain’t gonna happen to me
(Give me love, love, give me love)
(Love, luh-love, give me love, give me love)
(Love, luh-luh-luh-love)

[Verse 1]
Seen all the faces, ignored all the signs (Ah, yeah)
I gave you my time
Thought we were friends, I just kept you inspired (Ah, yeah)
‘Cause I turn you on, I guess that was fun
No matter how you try (Try), try (Try), I run
You call when you need me, ‘cause, boy, you always need me
But you on some creep shit, you lost me completely

[Chorus]
This is a true story about all the lies
You fantasize ‘bout you and I
This is a true story about all the games
I know you play

[Post-Chorus]
Boy, this is not what I need
(Give me love, love, give me love)
Not what I want
(Give me love, love, give me love)
Ain’t gonna happen to me
(Give me love, love, give me love)
(Love, luh-love, give me love, give me love)
(Love, luh-luh-luh-love)

[Verse 2]
(Incoherent)

[Chorus]
This is a true story about all the lies
You fantasize ‘bout you and I
This is a true story about all the games
I know you play

[Post-Chorus]
Boy, this is not what I need
(Give me love, love, give me love)
Not what I want
(Give me love, love, give me love)
Ain’t gonna happen to me
(Give me love, love, give me love)
(Love, luh-love, give me love, give me love)
(Love, luh-luh-luh-love)

[Outro]
Boy, this is not what I need
(Give me love, love, give me love)
Not what I want
(Give me love, love, give me love)
Ain’t gonna happen to me
(Give me love, love, give me love)
(Love, luh-love, give me love, give me love)
(Love, luh-luh-luh-love)

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Eternal Sunshine
March 8, 2024 • 35:26 • Republic Records
Songs
Released ByeDon't Wanna Break Up AgainEternal SunshineI Wish I Hated YouImperfect For YouIntro (End of the World)Ordinary ThingsSaturn ReturnsSupernaturalThe Boy Is MineTrue StoryWe Can't Be Friends (Wait For Your Love)Yes, And?
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