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They Don't Know - Ariana Grande


Soundtrack: Trolls

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They Don't Know Song Lyrics


Center of attention once again
They don't understand
They don't understand, no
Then they try to tell me who I am
But they don't understand
They don't understand, no

If you want
A perfect picture to believe in
Then you can't be looking for me then

I don't need to live by your rules
You don't control me
Until you've walked a mile in my shoes
You don't know me
And I know, I know, I know you don't like it
You don't, you don't, you don't know where I've been
It's my life so truth be told
(I see you thinking but there's just one thing, dear
And you think you know but you don't have no idea
Think you know me but there's more to see my love)

The same arguments time and time again
And you watched them all happen
But they don't understand, no
Thinkin' you're the reason that it ends
And he won't be back again
But they don't understand, no

You want a perfect picture to believe in
Then you can't be looking for me then

I don't need to live by your rules
You don't control me
Until you've walked a mile in my shoes
You don't know me
And I know, I know, I know you don't like it
You don't, you don't, you don't know where I've been
It's my life so truth be told
You don't know me

The girl you see in photographs, is only
A part of the one I am, don't judge me
'Cause that's not reality and all I can be
Is in love with who I'm becoming

(Think you know me but there's more to see my love
You think you know but you don't have no idea)

I don't need to live by your rules
You don't control me
Until you've walked a mile in my shoes
You don't know me
And I know, I know, I know you don't like it
You don't, you don't, you don't know where I've been
It's my life so truth be told
(I see you thinking)
You don't know me

I don't need to live by your rules
You don't control me
Until you've walked a mile in my shoes
You don't know me
And I know, I know, I know you don't like it
You don't, you don't, you don't know where I've been
It's my life so truth be told
(I see you thinking but there's just one thing, dear
And you think you know but you don't have no idea
Think you know me but there's more to see my love, my love)



August, 16th 2016
"They Don't Know" by Ariana Grande is a song about asserting individuality and rekecting external judgments or perceptions. The lyrics convey the message that people often fail to understand the complexities of another's life and experiences. They make assumptions based on superficial understanding or societal norms, not grasping the full depth of a person's identity or the journey they have undertaken.

The song begins with Grande expressing frustration about being the venter of attention and being misunderstood. People attempt to define her identity, but their perceptions are limited and do not capture her true self. This theme is encapsulated in the lines, "Center of attention once again, They don't understand, They don't understand, no."

The chorus, "I don't need to live by your rules, You don't control me, Until you've walked a mile in my shoes, You don't know me," is a powerful declaration of autonomy and resistance against being controlled by others' expectations. It emphasizes the importance of personal experience in shaping one’s identity, implying that without experiencing what she has, people cannot fully understand or judge her.

Grande challenges the idea of a "perfect picture" that others may want to believe in. She asserts that if people seek an idealized version of her, they will not find what they are looking for, as she is more than just an image or a public persona.

The song also touches on the theme of growth and self-acceptance. The lines, "The girl you see in photographs, is only, A part of the one I am, don't judge me, 'Cause that's not reality and all I can be, Is in love with who I'm becoming," suggest that she is continuously evolving and that there is more to her than meets the eye.

In summary, "They Don't Know" is about the disconnect between public perception and personal reality. It's a call for authenticity and understanding that true knowledge of a person goes beyond superficial judgments, emphasizing the significance of personal experiences in shaping one’s identity.

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