Pink: Glitter in the Air Meaning
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Song Released: 2010
Glitter in the Air Lyrics
Closed your eyes and trusted, just trusted?
Have you ever thrown a fist full of glitter in the air?
Have you ever looked fear in the face and said, "I just don't care"?
It's only half past the...
anonymous Jul 24th, 2014 7:58pm report
I think the song is about letting yourself be vulnerable to truly love someone and to let yourself be loved by another. Love can be painful if unrequited and love can be joyous if shared but you wont know until you overcome the fear of possibly getting hurt in the process. Its about taking that leap of faith and expressing your true feelings to someone you love and allowing yourself to fall in love and hoping they will be there to catch you. The uncertainty of it all creates many emotions inside- excitement, fear, happiness, disbelief. I think the emotion is found in lyrics "tip of the iceberg, sun before burn, thunder before the lightening, breath before the kiss, walk before the run". The "hourglass on the table" refers to waiting for their call or response. "Point of no return" could mean possibly reaching the next level of a relationship and deciding what to do next- should you stay or should you go? The fact your love returned to you creates happy disbelief as in "There you are, standing in the garden, clutching my coffee. Calling me Sugar". This is truly a beautiful song.
anonymous Sep 5th, 2013 9:09pm report
This song is about living life as it should be lived. It talks about unique experiences and how life is complex.
In the first verse, we see some things that felt good for the author, remarkable days, like being the one that everyone looks at for throwing 'glitter in the air' or just overcoming fear.
In the first chorus, it defines some aspects of life, such as being something much more complex than we think ('tip of the iceberg') and little things that are clues to what'll happen next but sometimes mislead you, such as something pleasant that can hurt you ('sun before the burn') or something frightening that is actually beautiful ('thunder before the lightning'). It also says that it is more than that ('only half past').
In the second verse, there are some more experiences, such as love, hospitality and anxiousness.
In the second chorus, it talks about other definitions of life, such as being both light and darkness ('point of oblivion'), people timing it ('hourglass in the table'), the progression of something slow to fast ('walk before the run'), and things that can be followed by two experiences, such as the 'breath before the kiss', and the 'breath before the phrase' in the first chorus. Again, it says that it is more than that.
The bridge talks about someone that you thought gone (this thought being evidenced by 'there you are'), but that has come back for you and that loves you.
The last verse is about a night of love that you wish would never end.
This last verse can also give an explanation to the whole song, meaning that all of those experiences and definitions came to be on that night.
Totallykatelyn18 Jul 22nd, 7:52am report
I love how this song was written, I think this song is about having a toxic relationship in the past and having bad anxiety where you think your new partner is going to do the same as your previous partner. “Have you ever hated yourself for staring at the phone” and “you’re whole life waiting on the ring to prove you’re not alone” clearly states that she’s anxiously awaiting a call from her current partner. I also feel that she wanted to talk about the process of finding that very special someone how you have to go through the toxic before you meet your true love as “ It's only half past the point of no return, the tip of the iceberg,the sun before the burn,the thunder before the lightning, the breath before the phrase
Have you ever felt this way?” Explains the whole process.
I feel that P!nk did a good job with this beautiful song. As this song hits home with me and my boyfriend as we have been in toxic relationships before.
anonymous Jan 4th, 2018 1:47am report
I believe that she was really hurt when her Husband cheated on her. It means that you fell in love with somebody.
anonymous Jul 18th, 2017 7:32pm report
For me. "Have you ever fed a lover with just your hand" speaks to giving love to someone without your heart in it. You want it to work but are just going thru the motions. The relationship is very surface motivated. It's about the inner turmoil before you say "fuck it" and move along.
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anonymous Sep 21st, 2014 9:26pm report
Beautiful song expressing all those deep emotions you feel when you love someone.
anonymous Sep 21st, 2014 9:04am report
A beautiful song filled with emotion. Emotions that are only felt when you love someone.
anonymous Jul 8th, 2014 7:29pm report
I always like to try to interpret a song myself and then try to find the real interpretation because i feel every story is relevant to the reader/listener's interpretation. as I read the other opinions on here I noticed one that looked exactly like what I believe it is about. i think its about how we live our lives so afraid and scared of judgement and what might be that we never just live in the moment "throw a fist full of glitter in the air" (let's face it no adult would do that because rather than living in the moment and having fun, we'd think about how we'd have to clean it up and what other's would think of us. but then when she is in the garden and the other person is calling her "sugar" i do believe its an elderly person with senility or dementia that is now lost and they can no longer appreciate those moments.
anonymous Nov 10th, 2013 11:16pm report
I don't know what exactly this song is about but I do know its beautiful. My opinion is it may be about a longing for someone and those feelings you get. I saw pink perform it last week in concert.
anonymous Feb 24th, 2013 2:33pm report
i think it means putting your walls downs and not caring and just loving this person and living no matter what happens.
anonymous Sep 20th, 2012 9:14pm report
To me, this song expresses the true value of life and letting go.
"It's only half past the point of no return...", meaning that it's just the beginning of the decisions we'll make, but don't judge and choose not to think twice about your gut feeling because we have instincts that usually will lead us in the right direction.
"The tip of the iceberg, the sun before the burn...", means there's more under the surface than what we see, so we shouldn't judge because we could be mistaken. Like a sunburn we get when we aren't careful, misjudgment could be a cause of mistake.
When P!nk sings of letting a stranger come inside, she speaks of kindness and hospitality. She's saying that we should be kind to those we meet; we don't know what they go through, so we could change their day just by giving them a smile and being kind.
anonymous Aug 20th, 2012 8:09pm report
I don't know why but I've always seen this song as a sadness about how we take for granted the little things in the grand scheme. Like the "thunder before the lightning". So many of us are so caught up in ourselves and the hustle and bustle of life that when we get thunder and lightning we're so focused on how it ruined our day or how many seconds it is between the thunder and lightning that we don't take the time to appreciate the roll of the thunder. And when she's sitting in the garden, idk why but I see it as an older person who, maybe senility has set in. They're clutching HER coffee, calling her sugar. Now because they've lost so much of their mind, they can never appreciate those things because they took for granted when they could have.
anonymous Feb 1st, 2012 2:02pm report
I thought she wrote it when her a corey we contemplating divorce, and looking back and looking forward, wishing things were different. She refers to the "hourglass on the table" (counseling perhaps)
anonymous May 22nd, 2011 5:40am report
She is mainly referring to the experience of the "first time" and the need for trust from that person. She has a lot of metapors indicating this "the tip of the iceberg" that heatbeating feeling you get before you try something reckless you'll probably never forget. Like in " its only half past the point of no retrurn", explains how stupid the person must feel now from "DOIN IT" and how caught up in the moment the person was in. But in the last stanza it seems she looked upon it as a life lesson that she'll dosn't regret.
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