It’s been almost one year since 22 innocent concertgoers were killed by a suicide bomber as they left Ariana Grande‘s Dangerous Woman concert in Manchester, England. Since then, the 24-year-old singer visited survivors in the hospital, paid tribute to the victims on social media, and put on the One Love Manchester concert, which raised $13 million for the families that were affected. Now, she is ready to move past the tragedy and is doing so in the most Ariana Grande way possible — with an uplifting song.
The starlet released a new single “No Tears Left to Cry,” for the first time since the bombings, and while she doesn’t specifically reference the attack, she alludes to it. Her lyrics read, “Ain’t got no tears left to cry / So I’m pickin’ it up, pickin’ it up / I’m lovin, I’m livin’, I’m pickin’ it up.” It’s a message a hope — to pick up the broken pieces and move on.
She continues, “Comin’ out, even when it’s rainin’ down / can’t stop now, can’t stop, so shut your mouth.” Although she has yet to publicly speak about the lyrics, it’s clear that Ariana is trying to convey that fans should get out there and live their lives in the darkest times — even when the rain is pouring down. And while the song can be connected to the Manchester Attacks, it’s also relatable for people who just want to start a new chapter in their lives.
Ari released the music video along with the track as well, which gave a more concrete nod to those affected by the bombings. The tribute came in the form of a worker bee — one of the well-known symbols of Manchester — flying off to the side of the screen at the end of the video. The bee symbolizes that even though Ariana is ready to move on from the tragedy, she won’t forget it.
Ariana’s fans immediately reacted to the song on Twitter, and praised what she has done not only for the music world, but also for the victims of this attack. “#NoTearsLefttoCry is awesomeness and it’s [the] best. If you’ve not checked it out, I suggest you do so,” one person wrote. “Such an amazing tribute to the memory of those lost in the Manchester Arena attacks last year and true emotion in the lyrics.”