Lady Gaga recruits Ariana Grande for the second single off of her upcoming 2020 album ‘Chromatica.’ The new release, titled “Rain On Me,” is a perfect mix of ’90’s Pop music and good vocals. And the artwork for the single, too, gives a classic ’90’s thriller movie poster vibe. But what does it all mean? Let’s find out.
Lady Gaga released the first single off of her sixth studio album ‘Chromatica’ on February 28, 2020, titled “Stupid Love.” Its music video seemed to be set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, and in the following release, we go back in time.
“Rain,” in literature, is symbolic of sadness, despair, unachievement, dull and gloom. In this song, however, the singers try to see the positive of being rained down! At least they are alive, despite being wet! In these depressing times under the Covid-19 lockdown, this is the kind of motivation we all need.
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“Rain On Me” Lyrics Review and Song Meaning
In the first verse of the song, Lady Gaga alludes her emotional state to being defeated in love. It looks to have been a disaster before it even began. He did not show up at all. But he left her to get soaked in a metaphorical rain.
In the pre-chorus, Lady Gaga herself compares water to all the negative emotions as mentioned above; “Water like misery.”
In an interview with Zane Lowe with Apple Music, Lady Gaga explained the idea behind the song; “(Rain) is the amount of drinking that I was doing to numb myself.” So she finds solace in numbing her feelings to them being hurt.
In the hook, Lady Gaga says that she could have wished for better days, but at least she is alive, and that’s what matters most.
In the second verse of “Rain On Me,” Ariana Grande joins Lad Gaga. She, too, relates to Gaga’s rainy days. Ariana Grande herself went through a pretty devastating breakup in 2019 with Mac Miller. This heartbreak gave birth to one of her most emotional and successful albums ‘thank u, next.’ Grande says that the world is full of crooked and wicked souls when it comes to love. But this does not mean they can just give up. Love, makes up for an important part of human needs and psychology. Hence, we all have to fill that need somehow.
This song is about acceptance, no matter how hard things get, there is always a positive aspect left in it. You could say, it is bad now, but at least something is not bad yet. When you run out of all things you could perceive as being positive, you could say “at least I’m alive.” That is the best gift of all.
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