No Tears Left To Cry: Ariana Grande’s uplifting new single alludes to Manchester
Written by cornelius kabwe on April 20, 2018
Ariana Grande has returned with her first new music since the terrorist bombing that killed 22 people outside her Manchester Arena show in May 2017.
No Tears Left To Cry alludes to the attack, while channelling the resilience and optimism of her One Love benefit concert, held just two weeks after the atrocity.
“Ain’t got no tears left to cry,” she sings in the single’s soaring chorus.
“So I’m loving, I’m living, I’m picking it up.”
Produced by Max Martin, the song transforms from its sombre, gospel-inspired introduction into a summery pop banger – pairing Grande’s emotional vocals with a light-footed dance beat.
Lyrically, Grande resolves to overcome fear and hatred “even when it’s raining down”.
“We’re way too fly to partake in all this hate,” she sings. “We out here vibin’.”
At the end of the music video, a worker bee – the symbol of Manchester – flies towards the camera, in homage to the city.