Ariana Grande Almost Is Never Enough

Album Yours Truly : Almost Is Never Enough

Album Yours Truly : Almost Is Never Enough

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Almost Is Never Enough” is the tenth track from Ariana Grande’s debut album Yours Truly. It features British singer Nathan Sykes. It was released through Republic Records on August 19, 2013.

It was released as a promotional single one day before the release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones to capitalise on Grande’s popularity in order to drum up anticipation for the film. The song was well-received, with most critics praising Grande’s vocal range and control; it debuted at #85 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #82. A longer version is included on Grande’s debut studio album Yours Truly.

Background

“Almost Is Never Enough” was written by Grande, Harmony Samuels, Carmen Reece, Al Sherrod Lambert, Olaniyi-Akinpelu, and its producer, Moses Samuels. Grande originally recorded “Almost Is Never Enough” as a solo ballad for her album. Roughly a week later, she received an email from her manager Scooter Braun, who also manages the English boy band The Wanted. In the email was a new version of the song that had Nathan Sykes’s vocal added to it. Grande loved the new version and decided to keep it for her album.[1] Especially at 4:39 when Nathan sings that riff. First time she heard it she spent the whole day trying to sing it.[2]

Lyrics

[Verse 1: Ariana Grande]
I’d like to say we gave it a try
I’d like to blame it all on life
Maybe we just weren’t right
But that’s a lie, that’s a lie

[Pre-Chorus]
And we can deny it as much as we want
But in time our feelings will show
Cause sooner or later we’ll wonder why we gave up
The truth is, everyone knows

[Chorus]
Almost, almost is never enough
So close to being in love
If I would have known that you wanted me
The way I wanted you
Then maybe we wouldn’t be two worlds apart
But right here in each other’s arms
And we almost, we almost knew what love was
But almost is never enough

[Verse 2: Nathan Sykes]
If I could change the world overnight
There’d be no such thing as goodbye
You’ll be standing right where you were
We’d get the chance we deserve

[Pre-Chorus]
Try to deny it as much as you want
But in time our feelings will show
Cause sooner or later
We’ll wonder why we gave up
The truth is, everyone knows

[Chorus: Ariana Grande & Nathan Sykes]
Almost, almost is never enough
So close to being in love
If I would have known that you wanted me
The way I wanted you
Then maybe we wouldn’t be two worlds apart
But right here in each other’s arms
And we almost, we almost knew what love was
But almost is never enough

[Bridge]
Huh, huh, baby
You know, you know, baby
Almost is never enough, baby (baby, baby, baby)
You know, hey

[Pre-Chorus]
And we can deny it as much as we want
But in time our feelings will show
Cause sooner or later
We’ll wonder why we gave up
Truth is, everyone knows that

[Chorus]
Almost, almost is never enough (is never enough, babe)
We were close to being in love (so close)
If I would have known that you wanted me the way I wanted you (baby)
Then maybe we wouldn’t be two worlds apart
But right here in each other’s arms
And we almost, we almost knew what love was
But almost is never enough

[Outro]
Huh, huh, baby… (almost)
You know, you know, baby
Almost is never enough, baby (never)
You know, hey

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