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Published on December 13, 2013 By Dusk411 In Music


Raise Your Glass

Album: Greatest Hits…So Far!!!

Year: 2010


       Unusual song week will be begin the week of Christmas.


       Pink celebrates people’s quirks in the dorky  “Raise Your Glass.”


     Sprightly guitars open the single, setting a hyper tone.  She’s the wild and crazy one among her friends. As she gets into the car with her friends, she lets out a loud “whooo!” She exclaims it’s going to be the best night ever. Chaos and loud noise don’t bother her at all. Even early in morning, she’s full of energy and ready to start the day. As she gets dressed, she puts on the heavy metal station and rocks out while brushing her teeth. (“Right right, turn off the lights/We're gonna lose our minds tonight/What's the deal, yo?/I love when it's all too much,/5 am turn the radio up/Where's the rock and roll?”)


          In the pre-chorus, she’s a tough one. If her friends get in some trouble, they can text her and she’ll be on her way. However, she’d rather goof off than be proper. She mocks the people, sniffing their wine and twirling the glass with a 2008 meme from the Dark Knight, the Joker’s quote “Why so serious?” (“ Party crasher/Penny snatcher/Call me up if you want gangsta/Don't be fancy, just get dancey/Why so serious?”)


          In the chorus, she wants people to enjoy embrace their oddities and just be themselves.(“So raise your glass if you are wrong,/In all the right ways/All my underdogs/We will never be never be anything but loud/And nitty gritty dirty little freaks/

Won't you come on and come on and raise your glass/Just come on and come on and raise your glass.”)


        One of her friends brought someone. However, the person is sitting there, sipping their glass of soda. She rolls her eyes.  The person is no fun. She really wants to sneak something some vodka in her soda, get her really drunk and then she won’t be such a drag. She’s screaming and dancing around. People are staring at her, thinking she’s mental. She lets them think what they want. (“Slam slam, oh hot damn/What part of party don't you understand/Wish you'd just freak out (freak out already)/Can't stop, coming in hot/I should be locked up right on the spot/It's so on right now (so fuckin on right now.”)


      The pre-chorus and chorus are sung again.


       In the bridge, she’s noticed she finished her drink. She shows the glass to all her friends and whines. When she comes back from the bar, she tells her friend’s friend that it’s ok if she doesn’t feel comfortable getting wild. They can always hang out at her place. She’s not going to judge her if she starts climbing her furniture. She’ll think it’s hilarious. (“Oh shit my glass is empty, that sucks/So if you're too school for cool/And you're treated like a fool/You can choose to let it go/We can always, we can always,/Party on our own.”)


          The chorus is sung again with a slight variation to close the single. (“So raise your glass if you are wrong…Won't you come on and come on and raise your glass/

Just come on and come on and raise your glass/Won't you come on and come on and raise your glass,(for me)/Just come on and come on and raise your glass (for me.”)

            Pink’s prodding vocals hassle the other people to be as self-evolved as she is.  She’s the person who will have one-sided conversations about what has made her so special and the compliments given to her. Meanwhile, if people start taking attention away from her, they are deemed famewhores.


              The Dark Knight reference from 2008, even at the single’s release, was outdated. Meanwhile, the gangsta joke induces cringes and winces from its awfulness. The lighthearted wordplay (“dancey”) undercuts the empowerment message, implying flakiness is required to be yourself.


           The silly “Raise Your Glass” is beneath her.


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