What does What About Us mean?

Pink: What About Us Meaning

Album cover for What About Us album cover

Song Released: 2017

What About Us Lyrics

La-da-da-da-da, la-da-da-da-da

We are searchlights, we can see in the dark
We are rockets, pointed up at the stars
We are billions of beautiful hearts
And you sold us down the river too far

What about us?
What about all the...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Dec 19th 2018 !⃝

    I think this song is about all of the above. About the evolution from an innocent, naive and trusting child to bitter, tainted and skeptical adult. Bad fathers, bad mothers, bad leaders, bad teachers, bad heros, etc, bad anything or anyone that dissolves the spirit of youth. I believe it’s about the dissipation of dreams and promises in any capacity. It’s a call for society as a whole to wake up and think about the next generation.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Feb 15th 2018 !⃝

    I think it is about society in general, and those that abuse their power to lead. We have been lied to and taking advantage of. This rings true, in almost every corner of the globe. I don't think the song was written by Pink so it is not related to her personal views, however she does own it. Great song that I think makes most people say hell ya, I feel you.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Oct 3rd 2017 !⃝

    For me it is obviously about God.

    She directs the song to somebody who "sold down the river" billions of people, not millions. The whole mankind then, is "us".

    It is about somebody who did it repeatedly, over and over again. Trump did not have time for that and the song was composed too early for this.

    Other hints: It is someone who told He "had the answers", and against whom we are "children, who need to be loved". The citizens of a country are not the children of their President. Mankind is often considered children of God, and God his Father.

    And whom can be blamed for just everything, for all "broken happy ever afters", not only the aspects a President is responsible for.

    And "billions" did not "come, when Trump called". They did when "God called".

    It is an anti-theistic song, a common form of Atheist criticism which says "if this is the solution, I want my problem back": "if there were a God, he would not be to blame about so much, that it is cool that he does not exist".

    I am sorry but I think this song is pretty obvious, and also obvious why the authors decided not to make a big deal about it in (very religious and very divided) America.

    Best regards.

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 28th 2022 !⃝

    Well that is the magic behind beautiful music and beautiful songs. It lets you put your meaning into it, depending on what you expect it to mean. Great song anyway!

  5. anonymous
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    Jan 2nd 2022 !⃝

    I don't have much to say but anytime I listen to this song all I gat in my mind is about we Africans.

    This song really describe about we Africans and the world........

    That's all

  6. anonymous
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    Feb 7th 2020 !⃝

    I want to be like to have fun and sing some pop songs and this song has some pop and some punk and also I went to California. He went to Virginia tech and wrote the song and I wrote this song with max and shellback and so it’s very cool and fun. I’m obviously writing this song and be writing writers. And so I have to do a style of clothing look like stubborn monkey. And so I usually writing my songs and go to different camps to write music and spend time together and hang out sometime when we have our clothes and something

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  7. anonymous
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    Jun 22nd 2019 !⃝

    It's about modern interpretation of how we see things from a different angle. There are over 4 billion people on this earth and we need to start looking towards the real answer and helping understanding other problems that don't involve the selfish needs of ourselves and helping others.

  8. anonymous
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    Apr 22nd 2019 !⃝

    The lyrics of this song can of course apply to many situations, whether it be political or religious. To me, however, this song has always represented the voice of a child whose parents are divorced or not getting along. Here is my interpretation of some of the lyrics that stand out to me:

    We are searchlights, we can see in the dark
    Children are perceptive and understand more than adults think. The child in the song is saying that she has caught on to the issues between her parents, even if they were trying to keep it from her.

    We are rockets, pointed up at the stars
    Children have potential to do great things, and they have great goals. They just need help getting "launched."

    We are billions of beautiful hearts
    Children have beautiful hearts--sensitive, innocent, yet perceptive and oddly wise.

    And you sold us down the river too far
    You took advantage of us and our naivety; now we're finally standing up for ourselves.

    What about all the times you said you had the answers?
    The children trusted the parents, relying on them to answer their many questions and reassure their concerns. However, as they got older, they learned that their parents did not, in fact, always have the answer.

    What about all the broken happy ever afters?
    The children were innocent and naive, growing up with an ideal image of their parents. Their fairy tale fantasies were broken.

    What about all the plans that ended in disaster?
    Literally speaking, the parents' broken relationship spoiled plans or activities that the children were looking forward to. Speaking in a more metaphorical sense, the children also imagined a happy life involving their happy parents, and the divorce spoiled those plans as well.

    What about love? What about trust?
    Having divorced parents can seriously warp your view on love. You start to doubt what is real and what is pretend, who you can trust and who's only leading you on. The child in the song is pleading with her parents to remember what it means to really love and trust someone.

    We are problems that want to be solved
    The children sometimes feel like burdens, but they also have their own problems for which they need their parents' help.

    We are children that need to be loved
    Self explanatory :)

    We were willin', we came when you called
    As children, we trusted you, coming when you called, doing what you told us. We obeyed you because we thought that was the only option, and that listening to you would make everything work out.

    But, man, you fooled us, enough is enough, oh
    The children are beginning to realize that things are NOT ALL OKAY. They are finally standing up for themselves to their parents, realizing that they need to be their own individuals.

    Sticks and stones, they may break these bones
    When parents don't get along or can't live together peacefully, angry words get thrown around. Whether the anger is taken out on the children, or just overheard being passed between the parents, WORDS HURT CHILDREN.

    But then I'll be ready, are you ready?
    It's the start of us, waking up, come on
    Are you ready? I'll be ready
    The child is saying that, as much pain as she's in, she needs to stand up for herself, tell her parents how she feels, and take action on her emotions. She is asking others, maybe siblings, maybe her parents (to listen to what she's saying) to help her do that.

    I don't want control, I want to let go
    She can't hide her feelings any more, pretending to be okay among all the drama. Sometimes you need to let it all out.

    What about us?
    We're here, too. Don't forget about us among the anger and sadness.

    Hope this got you thinking :)
    -- Teen of divorced parents and who loves this song

  9. WarBone
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    Feb 23rd 2019 !⃝

    The lyrics to What About Us, in my opinion, appear to be directed to The Church. Not God himself, but the people who have been telling us for centuries that an ever loving God is there to fix our problems for us.
    The first verse is saying we are a beautiful species with potential to love and shoot for the stars.
    The second verse is what the church has always told us we are. That we are weak and flawed and need to be fixed, and that they have the answer.
    The third verse is about us coming to our senses and not buying the BS anymore. Not wanting control is pointing more to not wanting someone to be in control of us, and that we just want to let go and be free to take our lives in our own hands.
    I think this song is really good, and it really captures the feeling a lot of us have with the garbage we’ve been fed our whole lives. We feel saddened by it, but angry too.
    I also don’t think this is necessarily an atheist song, there me be a God, but it’s an anti church song, because the people who have been selling us the Gods they want us to believe in, have no way of knowing God any better than we do. That makes them cheaters and liars and we should all turn away from anyone who says they know what Gods plan is. It’s 100% impossible to know anything about God, so everyone who says anything about him is lying or repeating lies they have believed.
    If my interpretation is right, this needed to be said, and I have to give P¡nk and the other writers kudos.

  10. anonymous
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    Sep 15th 2018 !⃝

    For me, this is abou how we felt when our dad left us as young children to start a new family with a woman whom he'd had an affair with. It's about betrayal.

  11. anonymous
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    Jun 12th 2018 !⃝

    If it truly is about God, It is the cry of a Heart wanting an answer.
    He is a God that will answer. I think there was a time i could have written this thought provoking Song. Nice Beat...Makes you Think!!!

  12. anonymous
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    Apr 27th 2018 !⃝

    Nope. It’s about the political environment. She has said that.

  13. anonymous
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    Mar 7th 2018 !⃝

    I think this song is about cum stained whores.

  14. anonymous
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    Feb 23rd 2018 !⃝

    For me, it is about the Catholic Church and my upbringing in that church. Needless to say, I no longer practice.

  15. anonymous
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    Feb 12th 2018 !⃝

    This song is obviously about former President Barack Obama. He took office and was the hopes and dreams of billions of people across the world. He squandered his power and "sold us down the river" to what end. 8 years later and we are no better off. "We were willing, we came when you called.
    But man you fooled us, enough is enough. oh What about us?"

    The people who claim it's about Trump are obtuse, Pink never came when he called, she was never willing for the Donald, she was however willing about Obama.

  16. anonymous
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    Feb 6th 2018 !⃝

    I think this is to the mothers and fathers that are putting everything before their children- Men/Women, fun, drugs, ect. I think she is asking these moms and dads "What about us?"

  17. ChristianVibe
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    Jan 31st 2018 !⃝

    Book of Habakkuk. This song provides an example of how we should be honest in our desire for Love, Faith, and Humility. Don't pretend you haven't been hurt by God. Share with Him your heart, the pain you feel, and what you want. He needs to hear a good argument from the one's who truly need His Love. For He loved us first, hears your pain, and just say the words, and let nothing stop the Human heart. A jealous and angry God, is coming to help...

  18. anonymous
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    Jan 26th 2018 !⃝

    It is about politic
    Where politicians are working to promote their (name, interrest etc..)
    And fooling us
    Like trump want to promote his name in thing that he doesn't know it outcome. Think about his retoric with Kim

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