What About Us
by Pink

Album: Beautiful Trauma (2017)
Charted: 3 13


  • The lead single from Pink's Beautiful Trauma album, "What About Us" finds her addressing the politicians and decision makers, as she asks the poignant question, "What about us?"

    What about all the times you said you had the answers?
    What about us?
    What about all the broken happy ever afters?
    What about us?

    Pink bemoans the way those in authority have let down the common people.
  • Pink has done political songs before, notably "Dear Mr. President" in 2006. In that one, she made it clear who she was addressing, but "What About Us" doesn't mention anyone by name, although most listeners assume it's directed at Donald Trump. "I'm very political - I'm from a military family," she told Entertainment Weekly. "I believe in equality and inclusiveness and diversity and kindness and just generally not being a total douchebag."
  • Pink co-wrote the song with Snow Patrol guitarist Johnny McDaid and the track's producer, Steve Mac. McDaid and Mac also collaborated with Ed Sheeran on his smash hit single "Shape Of You."
  • Steve Mac's production employs a repetitive technique, which ties in with Pink's repeated questioning of "what about us?" Johnny McDaid explained to Billboard:

    "Steve really fought for the chord changes in the song to be almost like a mantra, you know, that they musically just repeat and repeat and repeat to give Alecia the stage to weave the melody into a place where it would soar into this incredible, epic celebration and the unity that comes from it.

    It's a fun thing to get challenged by the limitation like that, actually - those limitations end up increasing the heat and the fire of the song. And Alecia was not just not resistant to it, she was really excited by that: The repetition in the song, the idea that it would become almost like a heartbeat as it just got inside you and became integral when you listened to it. You didn't have to think. That was very important. And I love the question in the song; the fact that the song is a question, it's not an instruction. I think more questions, less answers, because all of us are looking for answers and we think that that's the end of everything and it's not. The questions are where the heat and energy is. We need to question more and I love that the song's premise is a question."
  • Pink told The Sun that she feels great about this song. She explained: "The world in general is a really scary place full of beautiful people. Humans are resilient and there's a lot of wonderful – like I said in the song – 'billions of beautiful hearts' and there are bad eggs in every group. And they make it really hard for the rest of us."
  • The song succeeded in getting onto the radio playlists contrary to what Pink's record label executives predicted. "When I came back, the record company sat me down and told me that once you are over 35 and a female popstar, radio probably won't play you. I'm so glad I proved them wrong. It's nice," the singer said on The Graham Norton Show.

Comments: 9

  • Unknown I love pinks personality the song What About Us is one of my favorite songs from her, she is inspirational to me I have been through so much in my life lots of struggle like today one of my loved ones went crazy on me had no idea that was going to happen they apologized twice but still I know why they yelled some mean words to my face is because they were cranky those words that were yelled hurt me quite a bit it’s going to take time for me forgive them I am used to getting my feelings hurt from this loved one but it’s been a while since they have yelled mean words at my face I am glad they realized what they did was wrong I still love them no matter what
  • Anonymous from MatayusI really love this song. I pray that God will continue giving her wisdom and strength.
  • Gypsy from Lynden When I listen to “What about Us” I think maybe she is asking God the question
  • RoboShane Newman needs to do more research as his information is incomplete. The song was released in October 2017 whereas Trump was elected as the president in January 2017.
  • Shane Newman from Singer PinkHello singer pink your music help me in my life because ex best frined was cheats on me
    walk me home that song make me feeling good INSDE
    my favtore female arist my postin your role model
  • Anna Phylaxis from NynyThis song came out in August 2017 and was written before Trump took office...so during the Obama administration. Therefore, this song was not about Trump. When Pink asks the question "What about us?" she follows with "we don't want control, we want to let go." Giving your freedom and "control" to the government and the Nanny State will only lead to heartache and deprivation. The framers of the Constitution knew that very well, but so many still haven't figured that out. Again, this was written during Obama's administration. That is a fact. What one draws from that fact is their answer to the question "What about us?" Live and learn.
  • Ellie from EssexGlenn from UK? For starters don't be ass, P!nk is one of the most famous singer/songwriters of this generation. Her music reflects on real world issues, and if you don't like it don't comment as people who read this article are genuinely interested in knowing more about Pink. Piss off back into your igloo if you don't like it and stop shoving your opinion onto other people
  • Antonietta from Barcelona@Glenn from Uk. I suppose it's your opinion that does is not the "absolute truth" but only a personal perception of the facts.
  • Glenn from UkAnother awful song by Pink. I looked up the top rated worst female singers of all time. Of course Yoko Ono was at the very top, but there was no sign of Pink. She most certainly deserved a place on that list. Every single one of her songs sounds exactly the same and with absolutely no variance. Being creative means that you evolve and develop over a period of time. Not with Pink. She still has that dreary, mind numbing voice. Pink obviously is NOT creative and does not possess the ability to experiment. The iconic Linda Perry (4 Non Blondes) made a huge mistake in collaborating with Pink. Someone should have warned her, "Stay well clear of Pink. She toxic and boring. She murder any song you write for her."
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