This past week I dedicated a lot of time to the crop of pop divas who dominate the charts. But I’d trade every one of them for Pink, who doesn’t sell as many records but produces much more resonant music.
I’ve been meaning to buy (do I have to say “download” these days?) Pink’s early albums because I’m a huge fan of her most recent releases, Funhouse and The Truth About Love. Usually when I latch on to somebody’s new material I start digging back into their earlier work but I haven’t gotten around to that with Pink. Gotta do that.
‘Sober’ is a powerful track from Funhouse. Pink says it isn’t strictly about alcoholism (though it certainly works well on that literal level) but rather learning to rely on yourself and not other people.
The video contains a provocative scene wherein Pink writhes around on a bed in her underwear making out with her own double. Like you do. [Note: The video is no longer available in the U.S.]
I don’t wanna be the girl who laughs the loudest
Or the girl who never wants to be alone
I don’t wanna be that call at 4 o’clock in the morning
Cause I’m the only one you know in the world that won’t be home
Ah the sun is blinding
I stayed up again
Oh, I am finding
That’s not the way I want my story to end
Nothing can touch me
But why do I feel this party’s over?
You’re my protection
But how do I feel this good sober?
I don’t wanna be the girl that has to fill the silence
The quiet scares me cause it screams the truth
Please don’t tell me that we had that conversation
I won’t remember, save your breath, cause what’s the use?
Ah, the night is calling?
And it whispers to me softly come and play
Ah, I am falling
And If I let myself go I’m the only one to blame
Coming down, coming down, coming down
Spinning round, spinning round, spinning round
Looking for myself – SOBER! (x2)
When it’s good, then it’s good, it’s so good ’till it goes bad
‘Till you’re trying to find the you that you once had
I have heard myself cry, never again
Broken down in agony just trying to find a friend
Will I ever feel this good sober?
Tell me, No no no no no pain
How do I feel this good sober?