Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande’s ‘Rain on Me’ Is an FU to Their Past Heartbreaks

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If you’ve listened to Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s new song “Rain on Me” on repeat for the past gazillion hours, you may be curious to know what it’s about. Hope? Heartbreak? Rain? Well, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain on Me” lyrics meaning is about all of the above.

In a recent interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Gaga explained how the duet, which was released on Friday, May 22, and will be included on her upcoming album Chromatica, came to be. “She was so wonderful,” Gaga explained. “I remember I said to her, ‘Okay, now, everything that you care about while you sing, I want you to forget it and just sing. And by the way, while you’re doing that, I’m going to dance in front of you,’ because we had this huge big window… And she was like, ‘Oh my God. Oh my God, I can’t, I can’t. I don’t know. Oh my God. Okay, okay.’

Gaga continued, “And then I did it and she sang, and she started to do things with her voice that [were] different. It was the joy of two artists going, ‘I see you…’ Humans do this. We create things that make us feel comfortable. We put them all around. I do it all the time. We all do things to make ourselves feel safe. And I always challenge artists when I work with them. I go, ‘Make it unsafe, make it super fucking unsafe and then do it again.’ And it was just awesome to watch her.”

The “Stupid Love” singer also teased the music video for “Rain on Me,” which will be released at 1 p.m. ET on May 22.  “She was so open to trying things that she hasn’t done before. She was, ‘I’m going to just trust you.’ And it was this beautiful, I think, very healing process for me…[I did] not necessarily [have] a female artist that mentored me as I came up,” gaga said. “And being able to be with her and hold her and be like, ‘Anything that you feel chains you, any pop cultural construct that you feel you have to live up to, I’d like you to please forget about it and be yourself.'”

Gaga continued, “That woman has been through some really tough, really hard life-testing stuff, undoubtedly. And her ability to move on. When she came into the studio, I was still crying, and she was not. And she was like, ‘You’re going to be okay. Call me, here’s my number.’ And she was so persistent. She would try over and over again to be friends with me. And I was too ashamed to hang out with her, because I didn’t want to project all of this negativity onto something that was healing and so beautiful.

Gaga also revealed that Grande helped her come out of a funk, which inspired one of “Rain on Me'”s most quotable lyrics: “I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive. Rain on me.”

“And eventually she called me on my shit,” Gaga said. “She was, ‘You’re hiding.’ And I was, ‘I am hiding. I’m totally hiding.’ And then this friendship blossomed and this song ‘Rain On Me,’ the lyrics that I wrote right here in this studio, ‘I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive. Rain on me.’ This is about an analog of tears being the rain. And you know what it’s also a metaphor for, is the amount of drinking that I was doing to numb myself. I’d rather be dry. I’d rather not be drinking, but I haven’t died yet. I’m still alive. Rain on me. Okay, I’m going to keep on drinking. This song has many layers.”

After “Rain on Me’s” release, Grande took to her Twitter to explain that the song was inspired the mutual pain that both she and Gaga went through. . “one time ….. i met a woman who knew pain the same way i did… who cried as much as i did, drank as much wine as i did, ate as much pasta as i did and who’s heart was bigger than her whole body. she immediately felt like a sister to me,” Grande tweeted. “She then held my hand and invited me into the beautiful world of chromatica and together, we got to express how beautiful and healing it feels to mothafuckinnnn cry ! i hope this makes u all feel as uplifted as it does for us both. i love u @ladygaga, u stunning superwoman !”

Read the lyrics to “Rain on Me” below.

Verse 1: Lady Gaga

I didn’t ask for a free ride

I only asked you to show me a realgoodtime

I never askedfor the rainfall

At least I showedup, you showed me nothing at all

Pre-Chorus: Lady Gaga

It’s coming down onme

Waterlikemisery

It’s coming downon me

I’m ready,rain on me

Chorus: Lady Gaga

I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive

Rain on me, rain, rain

Rain on me, rain, rain

I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive

Rain on me, rain, rain

Rain on me

Post-Chorus: Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande

Rain on me

Ooh yeah, babe

Rain on me

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#RAINONME ⛈ TONIGHT @arianagrande

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Verse 2: Ariana Grande

Livin’ in a world where no one’s innocent

Oh, but at least we try, mmm

Gotta live my truth, not keep it bottled in

So I don’t lose my mind, baby, yeah

Pre-Chorus: Ariana Grande & Lady Gaga

I can feel it on my skin (It’s comin’ down on me)

Teardrops on my face (Water like misery)

Let it wash away my sins (It’s coming down on me)

Let it wash away, yeah

Chorus: Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande

I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive

Rain on me, rain, rain

Rain on me, rain, rain

I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive

Rain on me, rain, rain

Rain (Rain) on me

Post-Chorus: Ariana Grande & Lady Gaga

Rain on me

Rain on me

Oh yeah, yeah

Rain on me, ooh yeah

Rain on me

Rain on me, ooh

Bridge: Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande

Hands up to the sky

I’ll be your galaxy

I’m about to fly

Rain on me, soon I’ll be

Hands up to the sky

I’ll be your galaxy

I’m about to fly

Rain on me (Rain on me)

Chorus: Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande

I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive (Rain on me)

Rain on me, rain, rain

Rain on me, rain, rain (Rain on me)

I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive (At least I’m alive)

Rain on me, rain, rain (Rain on me, babe)

Rain on me (Rain on me)

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Outro: Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande

I hear the thunder comin’ down

Won’t you rain on me?

Eh, eh, yeah (Rain on, woo)

I hear the thunder comin’ down

Won’t you rain on me? (Me)

Eh, eh, yeah

Rain on me

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