Pink: Who Knew Meaning
Song Released: 2006
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Who Knew Lyrics
You showed me how
You promised me
You'd be around
I took your words
And I believed
You said to me
If someone said three years from now
You'd be long gone
anonymous Mar 23rd, 2009 3:18pm report
This song is about someone you love dying... no matter how much you want not to beleive it.. no matter how many people tell you it will happen.
It means a lot to me as I was diagnosed with cancer a little over two years ago. My wife still hold out hope that I will live forever no matter what friend and family say.
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anonymous Nov 30th, 2008 11:26pm report
This is old, and probably out-dated, but I would like to take the chance to say that you're all right, and you're all wrong.
Songs are like poems; of course the writer had a single story in mind, but that doesn't mean the reader/listener can't take it to mean something else that's just as true.
Yes, Pink wrote the song about a friend that OD'd. That doesn't mean you can't listen to the song and hear a breakup. Or a broken promise. Or maybe just somebody close to you that just walked out. Possibilities are nearly endless. For me, it's about someone you love promising you they'll be there forever, but then they just leave. When people told you not to expect forever, you shrugged it off and chose to believe in forever; after all, we all lose ourselves in passionate love, and we don't always think logically. We refuse to hear anything that could put a damper on our parade.
The second verse could mean a variety of things. For instance, if it's a heterosexual relationship, perhaps they didn't feel it necessary to use condoms during sex and she got pregnant? Or maybe it's an STD like HIV/AIDS. One of them freaks out and leaves, leaving the other alone to deal with the problem. That act of leaving is such an act of betrayal that we know we'll never take that person back, and we'll likely never see them again.
In the end though, we still love that person, and we miss them.
Rather, that's one of the ways it could be taken. Don't be closed-minded to lyric interpretation.
anonymous Sep 12th, 2008 9:15pm report
Pink in the London Daily Mail May 26th 2006 said this song is about losing a loved one to drugs: "My life was insane, I was (in her youth) out of control and doing lots of stupid things. Some of my friends were selling crack, and I got into drugs too. I've always been honest about that, although I don't like going into details. I've got lots of young fans and I wouldn't want to give them any ideas. I found a friend dead from a drug overdose when I was 14. He was a male friend, not a boyfriend. Most of the people at the funeral were just children. It should have been a wake-up call for me, but it wasn't." (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
anonymous Sep 5th, 2008 9:07pm report
This song is amazing. I lost my brother when he was 19 to an accidental drug overdose. And everything she says I have felt to a T. The meaning of the song isn't to focus on drugs its to focus on the relationship between people and how it feels to loose them. You never think anything will happen to you or anyone you know and love, and people can tell you they are fine and everything is ok and it doesn't mean its true. I played this song at his funeral and I hope it helps others as it has me.
anonymous Jul 30th, 2008 7:06pm report
I think this song as a very sad story behind it. This girl dating a boy that has a drug problem. They are madly in love. He promises her the world. Everyone around her tells her he has a problem but she's in denial and doesn't want to accept that he might not be around forever, and he isn't, he dies. This same thing happened to me. It's horrible, and pink does an amazing job and singing exactly what I feel. "I'll keep you locked in my dreams, the last kiss I cherish until we meet again. Who knew."
anonymous Jun 17th, 2008 6:15am report
the song is about a couple, who were in love.. They were obviously young, they broke up.. And the male died, at least.. That's what I get from it..
"That last kiss.. I'll cherish. Until we meet again.. Time makes it harder.. I wish I could remember.. But I keep your memory, you visit me in my sleep."
He is obviously gone.. I relate to this song, very much.
My ex passed away, he committed suicide.. and I really miss him a lot.. He was my best friend, and I'll never forget him.. and I often dream about him.
anonymous Jun 9th, 2008 6:06pm report
She was in love with this guy and she thought he loved her back, and she thought it was the "real" thing and her family and friends were like he doesn't love you its not real...and he was like lets have sex and they did (her first) then he ran away, leaving her doubting everything and still in love with him.
anonymous Jun 8th, 2008 6:45pm report
Actually if you read all of the lyrics, it's about a girl whos boys dies, she's saying "That last kiss I'll cherish until we meet again and time makes it harder I wish I could remember/but I keep your memory you visit me in my sleep" if he didn't die they why is saying that last kiss ill cherish until we meet again? she means together in heaven, also why would he visit her in her sleep if he was still alive, yall need to read the whole of the lyrics.
anonymous May 18th, 2008 5:47pm report
This song is about friends/bf/gf and how whether their on drugs or just separation it's talking about when you meet someone you love you believe it will last forever and then realizing it don't and also realizing that your love ones may have a drug or other problems
xoboyz_lieox May 16th, 2008 5:15am report
This song is about A teenage couple who is in love. The boy has a problem and the is obviously upset about it but doesn't believe he is bad off. He promises her forever and he promises he'll be there forever. Eventually he was so bad off he overdosed. This song is exactly what happened to me. My babysdad Overdosed and passed away when I was 7 1/2 months pregnant. At 17 this is very difficult to live with this song actually expresses my feelings to a "T". This is my favorite song!!
anonymous May 12th, 2008 5:58pm report
I think the main message in the song is to express the intense feelings a person has after losing someone - anyone close to them completely unexpectedly. That ignorance and denial that nothing bad will ever happen to you.. The constant reflection on specific moments that you just can't have back, or have again. And that intense pain that makes you yearn for that one person.
I completely get that whole drug addiction thing. Although that's not what I think of when I hear it. I don't follow pink I just really connected with this song.
Personally, my mom passed away seven years ago. She was in a car accident and she died instantly. When I first heard this song- I just thought of her. I was only 15 when it happened, but that hurt and pain never really goes away- overtime it lessens, but then there are days when it just is all so hard to believe - still. The way pink sings with all she has, with such strength- its just, exactly how I feel. And its something very difficult to explain.
anonymous Mar 28th, 2008 3:55am report
I Guess you can make any interpretation you want to . When the song came out it really freaked me out because I had recently heard news of an old boyfriend/friend who died from a heroin overdose and was very crushed and disappointed over his demise. One morning as I was pulling up my driveway thinking very hard about him, the radio premiered the song and in the beginning the dj on the station said "'This is Pink's new song about a close friend who overdosed on heroin." It was just really ironic. This song comes to mind every time I think of him and everybody who struggles with addiction.
anonymous Mar 3rd, 2008 3:06pm report
It's about having a friend with a potentially terminal disease... Hearing people talk about a living friend in the past tense. She knows, or believes, she's going to fight for every breath she can get and overcome it, but everyone is telling her not to get attached.
anonymous Feb 14th, 2008 2:18am report
I am a journalist, and I got to interview Pink over e-mail. She says it's about a guy that she dated. There are many references to missing someone and death in the song.
If someone said three years from now
You'd be long gone
I'd stand up and punch them out
Cause they're all wrong
I know better
Cause you said forever
"The guy I was dating once died, and I guess when you're young, you think you're invincible, and I believed to some extent that he was, I don't know... larger than life and he'd never die. In the end, the drugs got him."
She kept emphasizing to me, and giving me lyrics that gave more and more proof that the guy in this song was killed by the drugs he did, and left her devastated.
"Besides," she says, "I always tell it like it is. If it had been an ordinary breakup, I would have just written it like 'Hey, f*** off."
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