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Published on December 19, 2005 By Dusk411 In Music

You Make Me Sick
Album: Can't Take Me Home
Year: 2000

Pink sleeps with a guy she dislikes in the wannabe "You Make Me Sick."

A phone conversation starts the song, setting a false urban tone. Pink, with ghetto inflections in her voice, says that men disgust her. Her friend, whose response can't be heard, agrees. Pink adds that girls have to friends to keep themselves away from losers. She cackles as a heavy bass accompanies her.

"They make me sick/I know I feel you, that's why we gotta stick together/Yep Yep Yep [laughs] I know it."

In the chorus, she says the last guy she hooked up with was a sleaze. However, she still was sexually attracted to him. If his hand would graze her arm, she would be turned on. She doesn't want him to stop.

"You make me sick/I want you and I'm hatin' it/Got me lit like a candlestick/Get too hot when you touch the tip, I'm feelin' it, I gotta getta grip/And it's drivin' me crazy baby don't you quit/
Can't get enough of it/You got me goin' again/Baby, you got me goin' again/You make me sick."

In the first verse, she explains they were driving dangerously fast on the freeway. He was blaring his Ron Isley CD and copping feels. Pink thinks that he's tipsy and tries to brush it off. But he says that he wants to go home with her. He promises that it would be a secret. She hesitates and replies that it wouldn't be a good idea. Then, he started moving his hand further up her thigh. She's near an orgasm now. Although he was being sincere, she knew he didn't mean anything by it. She was only another conquest and nothing more.

"He was doing 8-0 on the freeway/In the 6 double O, bumpin' Isley/He was gettin' kinda close, kinda touchy/'Cause he had a little too much Hennessey/He told me that he wanna go home, with me up on the hill to my condo/Told me he would keep it all on the low-low/But I told him, "boo, I don't really know though"/He got closer to me, it started gettin' deep/He had me in a zone when he started to show me things/I never saw before/Baby was smooth but I knew it was game/Hell-of-a cool but you men are the same/The way he licked his lips and touched my hips/I knew that he was slick."

In the second verse, they are still in the car. She's aroused and wants to sleep with him now. She knows he's a jerk. He says he would be great in bed and memorable. However, the last few guys she's hooked up with have told her that, too. She's used to the one-night stands and the apprehension is gone for her. She finds that she's buying the guy's talk. But she has so much sexual energy in her now that she has to sleep with him. They agree it won't be anything romantic. It would just be sex.

"In the 6 now, so hot/Gotta pull all the windows down/Eyes lead and I'm thinkin' bout the sheets now/Wonderin' should I really take it there now/He told me he would make it worth it/Again, how many times have I heard this/Kinda funny, but I wasn't even nervous/Well his slick-ass lines were kinda workin'/I felt my knees get weak, his body was callin' me/Just couldn't take the heat/Anyway it was 2 or 3, I had to get off the streets/Baby was cool but I knew it was game/Said, he was too schooled to be screamin' my name/
Even though we made the best of it/I still told him this."

After the chorus, Pink "mmm's" over the crushing bass.

The chorus is then sung twice.

Pink adlibs the chorus at the end of the single.

"Can't, no no no/Oh, you make me sick/I want you and I'm hatin' it, hatin' it, hatin' it."

Casual sex is an everyday occurence. However, it's quite disturbing from a teenager's point of view. Pink's cynicism about men and the acceptance of being treated badly is troubling. It's as though she doesn't feel she deserves the good guy at all. She doesn't even believe they exist anymore. She's given up on herself, essentially.

Pink's ghetto fabulous voice detracts from the single's edginess. It's obvious she's pretending to be someone she's not. It causes the single to be a joke right from the beginning. Then the slang makes things even more ridiculous.

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