Song of the Day #4,515: ‘God is a DJ’ – Pink

My final 2003 album wasn’t a major commercial success, or musically groundbreaking. It’s just the third studio album by an artist I really like but don’t feature very often: Pink.

Try This was Pink’s follow-up to the smash 2001 hit Missundaztood, which went 5X Platinum and remains her best-selling album, with 12 million copies moved worldwide. That album marked a shift from pop to rock, and Try This continued the evolution of her sound.

Pink collaborated with Tim Armstrong, lead singer of the punk band Rancid, on most of the album’s tracks, teaming with frequent partner Linda Perry on a few more. The result is a batch of muscular but catchy tunes that make excellent use of Pink’s powerful vocals.

Unlike its predecessor, Try This didn’t send any songs up the charts. Lead-off track ‘Trouble’ had modest success and today’s SOTD found new life on the soundtrack of Mean Girls. But as on every Pink album I’ve heard, everything here is very good.

So that wraps up my look back at 2003. When I return to the Decades series, I’ll jump back in time to 1974.

Note: Now that we’re in 2020, I’ve debated whether to extend this series into the 2010s, but for the time being I’m going to continue my focus on the 70s through the 00s.

[Verse 1]
I’ve been the girl with her skirt pulled high
Been the outcast never running with mascara eyes
Now I see the world as a candy store
With a cigarette smile, saying things you can’t ignore
Like, Mommy, I love you
Daddy, I hate you
Brother, I need you
Lover, hey, “Fuck you”
I can see everything
Here with my third eye
Like the blue in the sky

[Chorus]
If God is a DJ, life is a dance floor
Love is the rhythm
You are the music
If God is a DJ, life is a dance floor
You get what you’re given
It’s all how you use it
(If, if, God)

[Verse 2]
I’ve been the girl, middle finger in the air
Unaffected by rumors, the truth, I don’t care
So open your mouth, stick out your tongue
You might as well let go
You can’t take back what you’ve done
So find a new lifestyle
A new reason to smile
Look for Nirvana
Under the strobe lights (Strobe lights)
Sequins and sex dreams
You whisper to me
There’s no reason to cry

[Chorus]
If God is a DJ, life is a dance floor
Love is the rhythm
You are the music
If God is a DJ, life is a dance floor
You get what you’re given
It’s all how you use it

[Bridge]
You take what you get, and you get what you give
I say, “on’t run from yourself, man, that’s no way to live” (No, no)
I’ve got a record in my bag, you should give it a spin
(You should give it a spin)
Lift your hands in the air so that life can begin (Life can began)
If God is a DJ, if God
Say, if God is a DJ (If God is a DJ)
Then life is a dance floor
(God is a DJ) Get your ass on the dance floor now

[Breakdown]
If God is a DJ, life is a dance floor
Love is the rhythm
You are the music
If God is a DJ (Is a DJ), life is a dance floor
You get what you’re given
It’s all how you use it
If God is a DJ, life is a dance floor
Love is the rhythm
Then you are the music
If God is a DJ (Said if God), life is a dance floor (If God)
You get what you’re given
It’s all how you use it
If God is a DJ, life is a dance floor
Love is the rhythm
(Then God wants you to shake your ass)
Then you are the music
If God is a DJ, life is a dance floor
You get what you’re given (Then get your ass)
It’s all how you use it (On the dance floor)

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,515: ‘God is a DJ’ – Pink

  1. Dana says:

    We’ve always liked Pink in this household, mostly because Amy is a big fan.

    Thanks for the review of the 03s. FWIW, I think it would be good to add the 10s into the mix.

  2. P!nk has a lot of talent, nice song.

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