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A Critical Analysis of P!nks’s “Family Portrait”

My favorite tidbit about Alecia Moore, nee P!nk, now Pink, is from her E! True Hollywood Story that aired many years ago. ! says with all sincerity that when she was 8 years old, her house was a warzone, and if she was her mother, she would have kicked her out too. How anyone could leave little ! out on the street I cannot fathom, but taken in she was and now we as a society on the whole are paying for it.

There was a time in the early 2000s that ! decided to get really raw.  She paired with Four Non Blondes lead Linda Perry and spit out some truly deep 8-year-old ! jams.  Perry said this about working with !. “In the beginning I just said: ‘What do you feel?’, and she (!) would just sit behind the piano and sing.” Wow. Linda Perry bringing it home. And even though they are famously feuding now (due to Perry working with rival Christina “X-Tina” Aguilera on ‘Beautiful’) Perry and ! were able to create an album so full of high-school angst and sadness that it had no choice to go platinum. It’s like the whole thing took place under the bleachers of a run down high school in the Midwest (Go Tigers!).

Lyrics:

“Family Portrait”

Uh, uh, some deep shit, uh, uh

Momma please stop cryin, I can’t stand the sound
Your pain is painful and its tearin’ me down
I hear glasses breakin as I sit up in my bed
I told dad you didn’t mean those nasty things you
said

You fight about money, bout me and my brother
And this I come home to, this is my shelter
It ain’t easy growin up in World War III
Never knowin what love could be, you’ll see
I don’t want love to destroy me like it has done
my family

Can we work it out? Can we be a family?
I promise I’ll be better, Mommy I’ll do anything
Can we work it out? Can we be a family?
I promise I’ll be better, Daddy please don’t
leave

Daddy please stop yellin, I can’t stand the sound

Make mama stop cryin, cuz I need you around
My mama she loves you, no matter what she says
its true
I know that she hurts you, but remember I love
you, too

I ran away today, ran from the noise, ran away
Don’t wanna go back to that place, but don’t have
no choice, no way
It ain’t easy growin up in World War III
Never knowin what love could be, well I’ve seen
I don’t want love to destroy me like it did my
family

Can we work it out? Can we be a family?
I promise I’ll be better, Mommy I’ll do anything
Can we work it out? Can we be a family?
I promise I’ll be better, Daddy please don’t
leave

In our family portrait, we look pretty happy
Let’s play pretend, let’s act like it comes
naturally
I don’t wanna have to split the holidays
I don’t want two addresses
I don’t want a step-brother anyways
And I don’t want my mom to have to change her
last name

In our family portrait we look pretty happy
We look pretty normal, let’s go back to that
In our family portrait we look pretty happy
Let’s play pretend, act like it goes naturally

In our family portrait we look pretty happy
(Can we work it out? Can we be a family?)
We look pretty normal, let’s go back to that
(I promise I’ll be better, Mommy I’ll do
anything)
In our family portrait we look pretty happy
(Can we work it out? Can we be a family?)
Let’s play pretend act and like it comes so
naturally
(I promise I’ll be better, Daddy please don’t
leave)
In our family portrait we look pretty happy
(Can we work it out? Can we be a family?)
We look pretty normal, let’s go back to that
(I promise I’ll be better, Daddy please don’t
leave)

Daddy don’t leave
Daddy don’t leave
Daddy don’t leave
Turn around please
Remember that the night you left you took my
shining star?
Daddy don’t leave
Daddy don’t leave
Daddy don’t leave
Don’t leave us here alone

Mom will be nicer
I’ll be so much better, I’ll tell my brother
Oh, I won’t spill the milk at dinner
I’ll be so much better, I’ll do everything right
I’ll be your little girl forever
I’ll go to sleep at night

Conclusion:

Oh ! . You’ve been through some real deep shit haven’t you. Real deep shit. ! really does love equating her familial situation to wars. I highly doubt that ! ‘s childhood was anything like what WWIII will be like. Thankfully ! has given us some ways to help avoid what will most likely be a humanity-ending nuclear war.

Ways to Prevent WWIII by !:
– Go to sleep at night
– Don’t spill the milk at dinner
– Stay a little girl forever
– Make all moms be nicer

Listen, I know having two addresses might get confusing in an emergency. I know you’re going through some real deep shit. But honestly ! , this is silly. The lyrics are so confusing that it’s hard to tell who is at fault here. If mom is breaking too many glasses, if the kids are fighting too much, if Christina Aguilera is also at fault for her shitty childhood.

Let’s look at the video:

Wow. It’s like that little girl in the video is supposed to be you, !.  That’s some real deep shit. I think that this commenter on youtube can sum it up way better than I ever could:

“well, acctually no, she wouldn’t. she has told, that she was very young when she wrote the song and that these were the feeling she felt back then and that all the family drama made her who she is now, an artist.
And you wouldn’t call her stupid nor bitch, when your parents would fight ALL THE TIME and when you would be thorn in the middel of it all…it’s people like you, who make me feel that our society is stupid and, well doomed!”