Lena Dunham Literally Just Realized What Ariana Grande’s "Side To Side" Is About
At 9:26 a.m. Tuesday morning, I fully emerged into womanhood. Luckily, Lena Dunham did as well, and it was she who gave me, and all of Twitter, the push it needed. The utter domination of women that was thrust upon us at the 2016 Video Music Awards on Sunday night has left everyone in a slight trance, and it's been no easy task to recover and return to normal life. Contributors of the slay included music queens Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande, whose "Side to Side" collaboration was the stuff of legend. Maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention to the lyrics. Maybe I did, for a brief moment, assume the song was about the Soul Cycle phenomenon. But, all this time, Dunham and I have been sorely mistaken. Luckily, she was kind enough to share her full understanding on the song with me and the entire world.
In both the VMAs performance and the music video which premiered later that night, Minaj and Grande serve up seriously steamy gym vibes in tight pink attire, from the spin room to the locker room and yes, the sauna. The chorus Ari belts out goes as such: "I've been here all night, I've been here all day, and boy got me walking side to side." Is that not how everyone feels even after five minutes at the gym? But they're not talking about the gym. No they're not.
Cue Dunham, who came onto Twitter guns blazing with the real meaning of the song, provided by none other than her boyfriend Jack Antonoff.
This is the definition of living.
Now that I know what the song is really about, the lyrics bring on a whole new meaning, and I'm excited. I mean, we've all been there. Needs are needs. The following lyrics support that:
I'm talkin' to yaSee you standing over there with your bodyFeeling like I wanna rock with your bodyAnd we don't gotta think 'bout nothin' I'm comin' at yaCause I know you got a bad reputationDoesn't matter, cause you give me temptation
And when friends try to talk you out of it, it's like, shhhhhh:
These friends keep talkin' way too muchSay I should give you upCan't hear them no
After being there all day and night, next thing you know, you're walking side to side.
This probably should've been the cue on Sunday evening:
Or the blatant lyric rapped by Minaj: "Wrist icicle, ride d*ck bicycle." But, needless to say I'm grateful for Dunham, Antonoff, and this day. Bless.
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