U + Ur Hand
Album: I’m Not Dead
Pink defends herself from aggressive guys in the topical “U + Ur Hand.”
Confident synths open the single, setting a headstrong tone. She texts her friend to let her know she’s on her way. It’s 10 p.m. and they are heading out downtown. She has on her dressiest pair of denim jeans and a vintage rock band t-shirt. She’ll get attention from the guys tonight. (“Check it out, going out on the late night/Looking tight, feeling nice, it's a cock fight/I can tell, I just know, that it's going down/Tonight.”
In the pre-chorus, Andy, the bouncer, waves to them from the street and motions for them to come up to the door. He says hello to them and asks how they are doing. She shows him a couple of pictures and he lets them inside. It was the sixth shot. She wipes her mouth and lets out a “ahh!” Behind her, a guy puts his hands on her waist and squeezes her hips. (“At the door we don't wait cause we know them/At the bar six shots just beginning/That's when dick head put his hands on me/But you see.”)
In the chorus, she turns around, glaring at him. She pushes his hands off and asks him what the hell he thinks he’s doing. She’s not an object and he should go back to the corner he emerged from. (“I'm not here for your entertainment/You don't really want to mess with me tonight/Just stop and take a second/I was fine before you walked into my life/Cause you know it's over/Before it began/Keep your drink just give me the money/It's just you and your hand tonight.”)
On the dancefloor, she’s doing the Running Man. She can barely keep the steps straight to the Hustle. Then, a guy grabs her by the and twirls her around. She pulla her hands back and tells him to get off. (“Midnight, I'm drunk, I don't give a fuck/Wanna dance, by myself, guess you're outta luck/Don't touch, back up, I'm not the one/Buh-bye.”)
In the second pre-chorus, she tells him she’s not going anywhere with him. He can lie all he wants to his friends. But they will both know the truth. (“Listen up it's just not happening/You can say what you want to your boyfriends/Just let me have my fun tonight/Aight.”)
The chorus is sung again.
In the bridge, she says they know their game. She adds they are here to enjoy time with their girlfriends. They are not interested in getting laid by some random guy with outdated pickup lines. (“In the corner with your boys you bet them 5 bucks/You'd get the girl that just walked in but she thinks you suck/We didn't get all dressed up just for you to see/So quit spilling your drinks on me yeah/You know who you are/High fiving, talking shit, but you're going home alone aren't you?”)
The chorus is sung twice to end the single.
Pink knocks the guys away and keeps an eye on her drink. She has to stay safe. Some guys can’t handle no and if one of them gets violent, she has some peace of mind with her girlfriends. It worries her that she may get raped. It works in the important issue of self-defense without even mentioning it at all.
If the weighty “U + Ur Hand” gets one once-timid woman to fight back, the single has more than done its job.