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The original "Honeymoon Avenue" is a song by Ariana Grande which features Dap Kings and was meant for her debut album, Yours Truly.

Background Edit

"Honeymoon Avenue" was recorded between January and July 2011. Ariana first performed the song on December 28, 2011 at Irving Plaza.[1] The album version of the song is much different from the original version. Ariana said in an interview when the song was recorded, it sounds very upbeat and bright and happy and mo towny and didn't really capture the emotional part of what the song was about.

Composition Edit

Literally, the song speaks of someone in a car being driven by her partner. The driver is stuck to the same old route and driving mode that may make them crash. The passenger knows that well and tries to make their partner turn away, but is (almost) unable to.

Metaphorically, the song speaks of two people who used to be very in love and in that "honeymoon phase". The spark has faded though and they are drifting farther and farther apart. The relationship is not where it used to be. The singer says that they want to go back to the way things were. In order to do that, they need to make a change in the relationship, or else they might "crash and burn" meaning they might break up.

Ariana revealed in an interview with Cosmopolitan, that she was "in some relationships that actually took a toll on me mentally and made me feel like a different person in a bad way." She then went on to say that "Honeymoon Avenue" was written about "a very confused relationship that I stayed in for all the wrong reasons. I was so incredibly sad while I was with this person. I'm a happy girl — I love laughing. But I don't remember smiling once when I was with him."

Trivia Edit

  • Ariana got a "honeymoon" tattoo written out in cursive on the side of her right middle finger.
  • Ariana announced on Snapchat on November 6, 2015 (1st, 2nd time) she was releasing the original version of "Honeymoon Avenue" along with "Voodoo Love".
  • The album version of "Honeymoon Avenue" was more emotional and romantic, unlike the original version. An intro and outro was added on the album version.
  • Ariana sang this song on her YouTube segment called Lullaby Friday on her personal YouTube account.

Lyrics Edit

[Verse 1: Ariana Grande]
I looked in my rear view mirror and
It seemed to make a lot more sense
Than what I see ahead of us, ahead of us, yeah
I'm ready to make that turn
Before we both crash and burn
'Cause that could be the death of us, the death of us, baby

[Pre-Chorus]
You know how to drive in rain
And you decided not to make a change
Stuck in the same old lane
Going the wrong way home

[Chorus]
I feel like my heart is stuck in bumper to bumper
Traffic, I'm under pressure
'Cause I can't have you the way that I want
Let's just go back to the way it was

[Post-Chorus]
When we were on Honeymoon Avenue
Honeymoon Avenue
Baby, coastin' like crazy
Can we get back to the way it was?

[Verse 2]
Hey, what happened to the butterflies?
Guess they encountered that stop sign
And my heart is at a yellow light (a yellow light), baby

[Pre-Chorus]
You know how to drive in rain
And you decided not to make a change
Stuck in the same old lane
Going the wrong way home

[Chorus]
I feel like my heart is stuck in bumper to bumper
Traffic, I'm under pressure
Cause I can't have you the way that I want
Let's just go back to the way it was

[Post-Chorus]
When we were on Honeymoon Avenue
Honeymoon Avenue
Baby, coastin' like crazy
Can we get back to the way it was?

[Bridge]
They say only fools fall in love
Well, they must've been talking about us
And sometimes I feel like I've been here before
I could be wrong, but I know I'm right
We gon' be lost if we continue to fight
Honey, I know, yeah
We can find our way home

[Chorus]
I feel like my heart is stuck in bumper to bumper
Traffic, I'm under pressure
'Cause I can't have you the way that I want
Let's just go back to the way it was

[Post-Chorus]
When we were on Honeymoon Avenue
Honeymoon Avenue
Baby, coastin' like crazy
Can we get back to the way it was?

When we were on Honeymoon Avenue
Honeymoon Avenue
My baby, coastin' like crazy
Can we get back to the way it was?

References Edit

Yours Truly
September 3, 2013 • 46:28 • Republic Records
Songs
Released Almost Is Never EnoughBaby IBetter Left UnsaidDaydreamin'Honeymoon AvenueLovin' ItPianoPopular SongRight ThereTattooed HeartThe WayYou'll Never Know
Unreleased Boyfriend MaterialDirect ContactDo You Love MeLa Vie En RoseNobody Does It BetterPink ChampagnePut Your Hearts UpStick AroundSuitcaseVoodoo LoveYou're My Only Shawty
Artists
Ariana GrandeBig SeanMac MillerMIKANathan Sykes
Tour
The Listening Sessions Tour

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