I have been a big fan of Pink since she came out over a decade ago. Besides the fact that this rocker chick can belt high notes in her fullest voice, her lyrics are incredibly real. It was really disappointing when she seemed to have stopped making music – the kind which typifies her – for a while.
But she’s back now and she came back with a bang. Her newest album ‘The Truth About Love’ is a certified smash hit. ‘Blow Me (One Last Kiss)’ and ‘Try’ sold a million copies in the U.S. alone and even more elsewhere. And then came her third hit ‘Just Give Me a Reason’.
She’s talking about grasping on to a relationship that’s falling apart, so obvious in the chorus:
We’re not broken, just bent and we can learn to love again.
If you’ve been following Pink, you’ll know that this was literally based on her relationship with her husband.
If you know nothing about that, then you’ll see how much she’s in love and how her partner returns the same sentiment when she goes,
You were a thief, you stole my heart… I let you see the parts of me, that weren’t all that pretty and with every touch you fixed them
in the first part stanza.
But in the second stanza, you will immediately feel the pain of someone who feels that she isn’t in love anymore. In another part of the song, you’ll feel her confusion about the situation as well.
Every single bit of it was so honest and it gives me a punch every single time.
And of course, she had to persuade Nate Ruess from Fun., who co-wrote this with her, to do a duet instead. Pink said in an interview that the song would sound better if it was made into a conversation between the woman and her lover instead. It was such a genius idea because he added texture to the song with his indie-rock vibe. I have not heard of Nate Ruess (honestly) before this song but I will surely start listening to him soon.
This is considered an international success, hailed by Rolling Stones Magazine and received a thumbs-up by music critics. Of all her songs, it’s definitely my biggest favorite so far, and was listed #1 rank in Billboard Hot 100 for the 2012-2013 charts.