Just for the record, Ariana Grande is fully aware the lyrics to her song “Break Free” don’t make any sense.
The 21-year-old singer told TIME that while working in the studio with producer Max Martin, she fought him on the nonsensical lyrics. Although Grande sings “now that I’ve become who I really are” and “I only wanna die alive” the Florida native wasn’t feeling it.
“I fought him on it the whole time,” Grande tells TIME. “‘I am not going to sing a grammatically incorrect lyric, help me God!’ Max was like, ‘It’s funny — just do it!’ I know it’s funny and silly, but grammatically incorrect things make me cringe sometimes.”
Yeah, we hate poor grammar too. It’s not really our thing.
But it’s all good, the “Bang Bang” singer, whose sophomore album My Everything is set for an August 22 release, eventually folded and went with Martin’s suggestions. She learned pop music doesn’t always have to be grammatically correct for people to love it.
Hey, as long as she’s not confusing their, there and they’re, she’s cool with us.