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"Salt" is a song by American singer Ava Max. It was released on December 12, 2019, through Atlantic Records as the fourth single from her debut studio album Heaven & Hell.[1]

On April 8, 2020, Max released an acoustic version of the song to all streaming platforms while quarantined from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Background[]

Max originally posted the song to her SoundCloud account on July 27, 2018. She then posted the audio to her YouTube channel three days later and took to Instagram to say that "Salt is one of [her] favorite songs" and that "it’ll just be up on [her] YouTube Channel and [her] SoundCloud" because she could not wait any longer to release it.[2]

On December 5, 2019, over a year later, Max announced via social media that "Salt" would be officially released on all platforms a week later on December 12, 2019.[3]

Critical reception[]

Mark Nied of Idolator praised the song, calling it "the ultimate kiss-off to an ex" and claiming that it could "easily net her another “Sweet but Psycho”-sized hit."[4] Rania Aniftos of Billboard described the song as an "upbeat, sassy track about having fun after a sad spell",[5] while Madeline Roth of MTV News felt that it was "dance-pop blissfulness".[6]

Track listing[]

Digital Download[7]

  1. Salt: 3:00

Spotify Streaming[8]

  1. Salt: 3:00
  2. Torn: 3:18
  3. Freaking Me Out: 3:12

Acoustic[9]

  1. Salt (Acoustic): 3:10

Remixes[10]

  1. Salt (Syn Cole Remix): 3:11
  2. Salt (Toby Green Remix): 2:47

Lyrics[]

[Verse 1]
Oh-oh, I got breaking news
And it's not about you, oh-oh
Oh-oh, I've been breaking hearts too
And I learned it all from you, oh-oh

[Pre-Chorus]
I got my thigh-highs on, feel like Wonder Woman
That's when you want all in, but I'm not your woman
When my lipstick pops and I feel like Monroe
That's when you want me most, oh-oh

[Chorus]
I'm all out of salt, I'm not gonna cry
Won't give you what you want
'Cause I look way too good tonight
I'm all out of salt, tears are running dry
Won't give you what you want
'Cause I look way too good tonight

[Post-Chorus]
I'm all out of salt
I'm all out of salt

[Verse 2]
Oh-oh, when I'm 'bout to celebrate
Push my head into the cake, no more
Oh-oh, you're the snake pulling my arm
Like my snakeskin Saint Laurent, oh-oh

[Pre-Chorus]
I got my thigh-highs on, feel like Wonder Woman
That's when you want all in, but I'm not your woman
When my lipstick pops and I feel like Monroe
That's when you want me most, oh-oh

[Chorus]
I'm all out of salt, I'm not gonna cry
Won't give you what you want
'Cause I look way too good tonight
I'm all out of salt, tears are running dry
Won't give you what you want
'Cause I look way too good tonight

[Post-Chorus]
I'm all out of salt
I'm all out of salt

[Bridge]
Not gonna c-c-cry
Not gonna c-c-cry
Not gonna c-c-cry

[Chorus]
I'm all out of salt, I'm not gonna cry
Won't give you what you want
'Cause I look way too good tonight
I'm all out of salt, tears are running dry
Won't give you what you want
'Cause I look way too good tonight

[Post-Chorus]
I'm all out of salt
I'm all out of salt

Trivia[]

  • "Salt" was the quickest song to write on Heaven & Hell, taking just under 2 days to write.[11]

Alternate Covers[]

Photoshoots[]

"can you hear the whispers all across the room?"
this section of Salt may be unfinished, poorly written, or heavily theorized. feel free to add to it!


Behind the Scenes[]

Videos[]

References[]

  1. "Salt" SoundCloud. July 27, 2018. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  2. "Salt is one of my favorite songs and I’m super excited to release it into the world..." July 30, 2018. Retrieved December 5, 2019 – via Instagram.
  3. "‪#1 Xmas present... Your wish is my command ❣️🚀‬" December 5, 2019. Retrieved December 5, 2019 – via Instagram.
  4. Nied, Mark. (December 12, 2019). "Ava Max Is All Cried Out & Feeling Fabulous On Fierce New Single 'Salt'". Idolator. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  5. Aniftos, Rania (December 12, 2019). "Ava Max Finally Drops Fan Favorite Song 'Salt'"Billboard. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  6. Roth, Madeline (December 12, 2019). "Ava Max Finally Unleashes The Fan-Favorite Anthem 'Salt'"MTV News. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  7. "Salt - Single". iTunes Store. December 12, 2019. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  8. "Salt". Spotify. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  9. "Salt (Acoustic) - Single". iTunes Store. April 8, 2020. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  10. "Salt (The Remixes) - Single". iTunes Store. April 16, 2020. Retrieved April 16, 2020
  11. Ava Max - Amazon Music Livestream. YouTube. September 23, 2020. Retrieved September 24, 2020.

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