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Who Knew

by

Pink



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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."
Pink revealed that the guy she sings about in this song is Sekou Harris, who died of a heroin overdose. As the years went by, Pink says the song has taken on different meaning for her, as it can relate to many people in her life, including her husband, Carey Hart.
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Comments (26):

Who Knew, Glitter in the Air and f--kin Perfect are the top three most beautiful P!nk songs in my opinion! They made me cry when I first heard them!
- Lilly, A City, NY
There are only three songs that can make me cry -- My Immortal by Evanescence, How Far We've Come by Matchbox 20, and Who Knew. It's just.... beautiful.
- Snow, ..., NY
I wanted to thank Pink for writing this song, It hits home with me for several reasons.. One i lost several friends to drug over doses and i myselfe almost ended my own life 9 times. When i first saw the video it made me cry. Not because of first part but the part where she calls someone and walks away. I was the one who made the call several times and eachtime it was too late.. I lost my best friend to Herion overdose. My cousin to a cocaine overdose. My attempts were always with Pills
- Christina, Allentown, PA
Two years ago my ex boyfried died of a pill ovderdose, he was my first love, my everything, we dated off and on for almost four years. Well the week and the day before he died we were talkin about getting back together, and the night before we said goonight and i love you, the next morning i got to school and found out his sistr found him dead. It was the worst day of my life, i feel guilty because he kept calling and calling and the pain of him being gone will never go away. On the way to his burial this song was playin on so many stations it was ironic, because i looked it up and found out the meaning behind it...it still makes me cry when i hear it.
- behija, glasgow, KY
My brother has just turned 18 and he has always been wild, he first got drunk when he was 14 and that night the police came to our door. i love him a lot but every time his friends pick him up i get scared. he has three friends i know he can trust but they are the only ones i've met. i remember once he had some friends over and one of them was high. he came into the kitchen looking for a knife... i was about 5m away from him. my mum had to get a hammer off him. listening to this song scares me and makes me think of what could happen to my big bro but that's just how powerful the song is.
- mia, melbourne, Australia
I had a best friend; we don't talk any more. When I hear this song, it takes me back to when we were young, wild and free. And, not knowing what would come down in the future. It means youth, and NOT knowing to me. Just a great song, can make you cry and think.
- steph, claverack, NY
This song breaks my heart. Its the very most honest and personal Pink has ever gotten, and its fantastic.
- Jack, Denver, CO
I admit, some of her stuff isn't my style, has that bad poppy quality to it, but this song is just...amazing. Try running and listening to this song, it's like your running away from yourself.
- Stephanie, Southampton, United Kingdom
Just because it mentions a kiss, people think it has to be a BF not just a friend. This song brought to me not the death of someone, but just the loss of a dear friend in general. For me it was my best friend (male) who I lost touch with due to various things & all the words matched exactly how I felt & what I would say. I love Pink. I realte a lot to her songs. This one in particular had special meaning to me. I am sorry for Pink to have lost her firend like that.
- Bev, Western Sierras, CA
it sounds like the dude is her bf, not just a friend...
- loretta, dalby, Australia
I love this song.I'm just wondering if it has to be taken as losing a loved one to drugs.Could it also mean your'e just losing a loved one becuse the two of you just won't work?The first time I heard it,that's what I thought of.But does anyone else get what I'm talking about?I'm probably wrong,but I honestly don't know.To sum this all up: GREAT SONG ^^ ~Shilo~
- Shilo, Noneofyourbuisness, Italy
I honestly had no idea this song was about losing a loved one to drugs. Pink did an incredible job with this one. I interpreted this completely wrong. I took it as loosing someone like an ex boyfriend or girlfriend...I guess depending on what's going on in your life you choose to interpret lyrics differently. In my case, the man I love is getting married in a month and this song truly makes me think of him..."That last kiss, I'll cherish."
- Courtney, Salt Lake City, UT
it's been almost a month since my husband committed suicide... the most devestating time of my life.. this song just makes me think about him.. I cry and cry but somehow it's a comfort to me.. it jsut fits how I feel.
- miriam, erie, PA
DJ from Winchester, I thought it was about the same thing the first few times I heard it but then i started wondering if it was about the death of a friend...this song still reminds me of my last boyfriend who I was really serious with and the line "that last kiss, I'll cherish" made me cry for over a month after we broke up.
- Natasha, Oklahoma City, OK
I am in fact pleasantly surprised by the actual meaning of the song. Pink has never failed to bring depth toher music though, so for her, this kind of misleading lyrical quality is typical, which is one of the reasons her music appelas to me so much. "Who Knew" is a very touching song on many levels, and regardless of how the lyrics may or may not fit into your life, it is nice to see the actual perspective of the writer.
- Jaclyn, Buffalo, NY
this song is really nice. the meaning behind it is sad though...
- Christie, Watsontown, PA
My friend Jake who died of a drug overdose a year ago. He was the love of my life and if anyone HAD told me he would be gone, I truly would have punched them out . . . he always seemed somehow immortal. Who knew? RIP Jake A.
- Stephanie, Pittsburgh, PA
This song stands together with "Back on the Chain Gang," written by Chrissie Hynde and released by the Pretenders in 1982. Each deals with the death of a beloved friend by a drug overdose. The worst shame of it is that 25 years later we still have to write songs about this. Please (help your friends) stay clean.
- John, Ellicott City, MD
When she sings, "If someone said three years from now, you'd be long gone, I'd stand up and punch them out," does she mean if someone said that she will not remember him anymore she would hit them or if three years ago someone said her friend would die soon, she would hit them?
- Brittany, Sacramento, CA
i love this song & da wrds r so powerful!! x x
- Nat, derby, England
I automatically interpreted this song as a boyfriend telling his girlfriend they'd be together forever...then he leaves her. I couldn't believe it wasn't about that.
- H, New York, NY
I Really like this song. I usually like the harder rock and Pink's other songs but I really like this one from her. :)
- DJ, Winchester, VA
Normally I don't like her music, but I love this song
- Erica, Belleville, Canada
this is very nice i like that
- susanna, Klaukkala, FL
Rachel,
Like what the description said earlier about her finding her male friend dead at the age of 14, the video represents this. The girl and boy in the clip are having fun, enjoying themselves when things get shaky and she finds him shooting up, she calls an ambulance and walks away crying- just like how she found her friend.
- Emma, Melbourne, Australia
this is one of the best songs i've ever heard. it makes me cry and think of a girl i know whose mom died...the "if someone said 3 years from now..." and "count your blessings now..." parts. but will someone please explain the video to me?
- Rachel, Deerfield , IL
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