Pink’s new album “Greatest Hits . So Far!!!” hit stores Nov. 16.
The first single, “Raise Your Glass,” and its video, have already made waves around the internet and sparked debates about the subject of the song and video. As Pink herself said, this song was written for all the underdogs in the world. In the chorus, she sings “So raise your glass, if you are wrong, in all the right ways.”
The tune is catchy and a typical feel-good party song, but offers a deeper meaning for those who listen carefully. The lyrics mention gangsters, nerds and party crashers, but the video reveals more of who she is talking to.
The video starts with a scene of an overweight girl eating next to cardboard cutouts of skinny girls and shows Pink in her first costume, as feminist icon Rosie the Riveter.
Pink, a vegan, is seen fighting for animal rights, possibly killing a bullfighter and feeding a calf with human breast milk.
The next scenes were shot at a real-life gay wedding and show the newly-married men kiss.
Later in the video, Pink hangs out with gangsters and skaters, then fights capitalism and enjoys the prom despite the fact that she is a nerd.
One of the harder to interpret scenes shows Pink in bed with religious figures, seemingly thanking God after her encounter with a nun.
This video is certainly worth watching more than once, as it reveals more and more of her message with every viewing.
The theme of underdogs – whether they are gays, overweight girls, gangsters or outsiders in general – seems popular right now. Katy Perry’s “Firework” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” spring to mind and inevitably lead to comparisons. However, Pink certainly has the most credibility talking about this subject, despite her superstar status. Her story and music show that she has always done things her way, even if it meant taking a
Katy Perry, with songs like “California Girls,” is more like the typical ‘in’ girl and probably has little in common with the characters featured in her video for “Firework.”
“Raise Your Glass” sounds very much like Pink and lets fans hope for a great album. It also makes you want to dance around the room wildly while singing loudly.
So let’s all forget about being cool and raise our glasses to being wrong, in all the right ways