I am always fascinated on the power of lyricism and poetry. The impact and influence created by words in the hearts of people.
What is the meaning of the song Positions from Ariana Grande?
The song Positions of Ariana Grande is currently number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The chart is for the week of November 07, 2020, and this week, her video has more than 61-M views on YouTube.
The music video started with Ariana working at the White House. The video later on proceeded with representations of women empowerment.
Female characters portraying important positions at the White House.
But is the song Positions for women empowerment?
Having a closer look at the lyrics, the song is more about sex rather than women empowerment.
The lyricism used in the song were simple words placed together to tell a story about a sexual relationship between a man and a woman. Inside the lyrics, there were no signs of women empowerment. In contrast to the portrayal of characters advertised in the music video.
The verses kept the lyricism simple. The words were compositions of short phrases to place emphasis on the pre-chorus, chorus, and bridge.
The song Positions of Ariana Grande is all about sex.
The giveaways to the song’s real meaning can be found in the pre-chorus and chorus.
Boy, I'm tryna meet your mama on a Sunday
Then make a lotta love on a Monday (Ah, ah)
Never need no (No), no one else, babe
’Cause I'll be
Switchin' them positions for you
Cookin' in the kitchen and I'm in the bedroom
I'm in the Olympics, way I'm jumpin' through hoops
Know my love infinite, nothin’ I wouldn’t do
That I won't do, switchin’ for you
The words that would imply sex inside the song’s lyrics were carefully spaced inside the song’s structure. The design of the lyricism might be to package Ariana Grande’s Positions as something child friendly and avoid censorship.
Ariana is known for openly expressing her sexuality in her music videos but she still has a child star name tag. And the producers might want to keep that for a larger audience reach.
The song Positions and WAP of Cardi B have the same meaning. Both songs are about sex but expressed differently.
The pre-Chorus and Chorus were not vulgar because the writers were trying to build momentum. They were trying to tell a story. And in reaching the song’s Bridge, the lyrics revealed the true meaning of the song.
This some shit that I usually don't do (Yeah)
But for you, I kinda, kinda want to (Mmm)
'Cause you're down for me and I'm down too (And I'm down too)
Yeah, I'm down too
Switchin' the positions for you
This some shit that I (Yeah) usually don't do (Don't do)
But for you, I kinda, kinda want to (Mmm)
'Cause you're down for me and I'm down too ('Cause you're down for me)
The lyrics at the Bridge used words and phrases like “some shit that I usually don't do”, “But for you, I kinda want to”, and “you're down for me and I'm down too”.
The lyrics imply that there is hesitation from the female about the sexual positions his partner was asking. But she later gives in because of the presumed love of the girl to his partner. The song further provided a critical hint that substantiates the true meaning of Ariana Grande's song.
There is a mention that the sexual position they were trying to achieve has something to do with going down on a man or woman. The sense of hesitation towards sex was also implying that the message is from the perspective of exploring young teens. And in this case, it was the woman who has a lesser experience, as represented by Ariana Grande in the lyrics of Positions.
Is there anything wrong with the song Positions of Ariana Grande?
There is nothing wrong with the song’s lyrics if you are not conservative, and with more than 61-M views, many like the song. But what was very clear were:
- Positions used the portrayal of women empowerment in the music video to reach a wide audience even if the song's meaning had nothing to do with women empowerment
- The lyricist was very clever to place sexual words without making the song sound dirty and avoid censorship
The song Positions was written not to inspire and hold lyrics that can tell a beautiful story about love and women empowerment.
The song was meant to sound cool and promote sex like the lyrics of the song WAP by Cardi B.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Erl Sua