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Family Portrait by Pink
Album: MissundaztoodReleased: 2001Charted:
A very intimate and personal song, Pink reveals her family dysfunction in this track. She explained in Entertainment Weekly: "That was from a poem that I wrote when I was 9 when my dad left. My mom cried for four days when she heard it. I've seen my dad cry three times and that was one of them; that was awful. And then my stepmom cried. She's so strong - she was an Army nurse in Vietnam, and I'd never seen her cry. That was a song I wrote for me, and I didn't realize how much it was going to hurt them."
Even though Pink's parents got divorced when she was 9 years old and she wrote the original poem at the time, she didn't record the song until she was 21. "I tend to hold onto things," she says.
On the MTV show Driven, Pink's mother said of the first time she heard this song, "Oh my god, I didn't know she felt this way." (thanks, Stacy - Sunbury, Australia)
Pink recalled to Q magazine January 2010 that this song got her into trouble with her mom after she called her a lunatic in it. The singer added: "She went to the National Enquirer. We laugh about it now but it wasn't the best way to address family problems."
Sophie Muller, who would go on to direct Pink's "Trouble
," directed the video, which has the adult Pink struggling through her day while her child self is singing the song.