What does Glitter in the Air mean?

Pink: Glitter in the Air Meaning

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Song Released: 2010

Glitter in the Air Lyrics

Have you ever fed a lover with just your hands?
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...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 24th 2014 !⃝

    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.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 8th 2014 !⃝

    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.


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    Sep 5th 2013 !⃝

    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.

  4. anonymous
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    Feb 17th !⃝

    At first thought song was bout love passion it is my friend said it’s about cheating and breaking up he said you call me sugar is apologize for cheating or he is breaking up more I listen to this beautiful song I feel my friend is right that you call me sugar you call me sugar hey I got bad news for you sugar I’m sorry sugar I’m leaving Yelp that is meaning complex still beautiful song

  5. anonymous
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    Nov 17th 2021 !⃝

    I agree with the interpretations that she is "putting herself out there" putting her faith in love that the other person will reciprocate those feelings. But the last line: "There you are, standing in the garden, clutching my coffee. Calling me Sugar, you called me sugar". He isn't actually calling her sugar but asking her if she wants sugar in her coffee. But she is trying to convince herself that he is actually calling her sugar. (think about it, clutching her Coffee, and saying "sugar"). Not quite the happy ending everyone is hoping for.

  6. Amelia
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    Oct 23rd 2021 !⃝

    When she says “have you ever fed a lover with just your hand” she actually mean have you ever feed a bird with your hand. This entire song is about giving back to nature and feeding the birds. Every time she throws glitter in the air she is actually chucking bird seed at everyone to show her love and affection. So the message we get from this song is give to the birds best you can, through your “glitter in the air”

  7. anonymous
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    May 16th 2021 !⃝

    For me (probably going to be bashed for this interpretation) this song is about recognizing yourself and loving yourself (for the first time or again). Forgiveness for your mistakes with past relationships and learning to fall in love with yourself (again or for the first time) not needing someone by your side to make you feel whole. How self love is hard, confusing, and scary, but beautiful at the end of the process.

    Any interpretation of this song is valid! Forme...in my life...this is what it signaled to me and it is STILL a song I go to all the time!

  8. Totallykatelyn18
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    Jul 22nd 2020 !⃝

    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.

  9. anonymous
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    Jan 4th 2018 !⃝

    I believe that she was really hurt when her Husband cheated on her. It means that you fell in love with somebody.

  10. Baby_Bear_Is_Bomb
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    Sep 18th 2017 !⃝

    This song is about how Pink's life was is a beautiful spot and her whole life was in perfect perspective and she loved every part of it

  11. anonymous
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    Jul 18th 2017 !⃝

    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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  12. anonymous
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    Jan 25th 2016 !⃝

    I know this ones a long shot but here it goes. This song is about suicide. This song is an internal dialogue between herself thinking about the careless of life and the joys and love before she kills herself. The reason I think that is the last stanza. "Have you ever wished for an endless night. Lassoed the moon and the stars and pulled that rope tight. Have you ever held your breath and asked your self will it get better than tonight." Endless night meaning death, lasso meaning she hangs herself coming closer to "the light." Holding your breath hoping for death and finally giving into the hopelessness

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  13. anonymous
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    Sep 21st 2014 !⃝

    Beautiful song expressing all those deep emotions you feel when you love someone.

  14. anonymous
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    Sep 21st 2014 !⃝

    A beautiful song filled with emotion. Emotions that are only felt when you love someone.

  15. anonymous
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    Nov 10th 2013 !⃝

    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.

  16. ryan.thompson.3511
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    Jun 12th 2013 !⃝

    This song describes a perfect night with your lover and all the amazing things that go on through it.

  17. anonymous
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    Feb 24th 2013 !⃝

    i think it means putting your walls downs and not caring and just loving this person and living no matter what happens.

  18. anonymous
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    Sep 20th 2012 !⃝

    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.

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