Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Me Last: Don't Let Me Get Me

Long-time reader Mike contributes the following guest post, reminding me that pop icon Pink has been around longer than we think...

Pink: Don't Let Me Get Me


So I’m not a self-conscious teenage girl with a poor body image, which is clearly what this song is about, though neither is Dallas Austin, the co-writer of this song. But that doesn’t really matter now, does it? It’s a catchy song, from an at-the-time budding pop powerhouse, Pink. To say that her album, Missundaztood, is my favorite album that she’s released might come off as sarcasm but I will assure you that it’s not. Her follow-up album, Try This, comes a close second, but this record, which came after a time period when Pink saw moderate success in the R&B market, and then decided to try her hand at something more genuine, more familiar to her, is my favorite Pink record.

“Don’t Let Me Get Me”, the second single from the afore mentioned record. And despite being about and not written by angsty teens, it is actually a fairly relatable song to most people who have ever felt at all marginalized, left out, not pretty enough, or un-cool: basically, everyone.

It’s important to note that in this song, Pink outlines that she dated teachers, wants to be someone else, was promised success and fame so long as she disingenuously changes the only things she likes about herself, and, that she obviously finds Britney Spears pretty, though resents the comparison.

I wish this song ended on a higher note, metaphorically, because if you don’t want to be your own friend “no more”, then who’s friend can you be, to wit, if you wish to be someone else, who would you choose to be?

Guest Post by Mike

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