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Blow Me (One Last Kiss)

Album: The Truth About Love

Year: 2012


            Pink leaves a toxic relationship in the  searing  “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”


              A provoked synth opens the single, setting a defiant tone.  They are both home from work. She’s texting a friend of hers and he’s in the living room, playing a video game. A couple times she tried joining in but he would brush her off. After a while, she stopped asking. He groans and she sees on the screen “mission failed.” Now, she thinks, would be a good time to see if he’s ready to go out for dinner. She gets up and sits on the couch. She taps his shoulder to get his attention. He turns around, giving her a dirty look, “What?” She asks him if he would like to leave now. She’s starting to get really hungry. He answers he still wants to try to get another level and that the restraurants stay open late anyway. Tears sting her eyes and she wants to scream at him that he’s a jerk. However, it will only lead to him leaving for by herself while he goes out to dinner. She doesn’t know what to do anymore. Tonight was the final straw. There is nothing to keep her in the relationship anymore. (“White knuckles and sweaty palms from hanging on too tight/Clenched shut jaw, I've got another headache again tonight/Eyes on fire, eyes on fire, and they burn from all the tears/I've been crying, I've been crying, I've been dying over you/Tie a knot in the rope, tryin' to hold, tryin' to hold/But there's nothing to grasp so I let go.”)


          In the chorus, she has given him the benefit the doubt, excusing his behavior due to work and stress. However, he’s been ignoring her for the last six months. When she tries to talk to him to see what’s going on with him, he tells her it’s nothing. He adds she’s reading too much into it and needs to relax. She sees now it was his way of avoiding her. She starts thinking of where she might stay, what to say when she breaks up with him, and her mind is full of words and phrases. She begins to get overwhelmed. Tension is higher between them than usual They both had awful days and no matter what the other says, it’s met with a snap. She thinks of what she would rather be doing and wants to be happy again.  (“I think I've finally had enough, I think I maybe think too much/I think this might be it for us (blow me one last kiss)/You think I'm just too serious, I think you're full of shit/My head is spinning so (blow me one last kiss)/Just when it can't get worse, I've had a shit day (NO!)/Have you had a shit day? (NO!), we've had a shit day (NO!)/I think that life's too short for this, I want back my ignorance and bliss/I think I've had enough of this, blow me one last kiss.”)


                It’s the weekend and she’s collected her thoughts. She will be relieved once it’s over. She tells him she doesn’t love him anymore. He’s taken aback and doesn’t know what to say. She gets a suitcase and starts packing some of her clothes on the bed. She smiles to herself,  glad to be rid of the bad sex. She walks out of the door, her phone beeping with a text from her best friend. They are planning a celebration and she’s going to enjoy every moment. (“I won't miss all of the fighting that we always did/Take it in, I mean what I say when I say there is nothing left/No more sick whiskey dick, no more battles for me/You'll be calling a trick, 'cause you'll no longer sleep/I'll dress nice, I'll look good, I'll go dancing alone/I will laugh, I'll get drunk, I'll take somebody home.”)


                The chorus is sung again.

                She “na na’s” for a bit, throwing in a “blow me one last kiss.”

               In the bridge, for the first time in several years, she won’t have to answer to anybody. She can eat whenever and stay out late. She thinks of what he said to her after she broke up with him: “you’re the one who gets to do what you want.” Karma will eventually get to him and he’ll finally realize what he lost.  (“I will do what I please, anything that I want/I will breathe, I will breathe, I won't worry at all/You will pay for your sins, you'll be sorry my dear/All the lies, all the why's, will all be crystal clear.”)


                 The chorus is sung again.

           She “na na’s” again.  


         The second half of the chorus is sung again to end the single .(“Just when it can't get worse, I've had a shit day (No!)… I think I've had enough of this, blow me one last kiss.”)


          Pink’s fretful, incisive vocals blindside with a deep cut. She throws her weapon behind her, numb to the delayed scream from her boyfriend. She’s past the point of empathy and exhausted from being the only one putting the effort in the relationship. She needs to look out for herself for now.


The sarcastic “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” is classic Pink: consistent, emotional and coarse.

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