Song of the Day, December 2: Please Don’t Leave Me by P!nk

PinkPDLMToday’s song is Please Don’t Leave Me, the third single from P!nk’s powerful fifth album, Funhouse. While not strictly a concept album, the disc features many reflections on a fragmenting relationship, with P!nk drawing on her own disintegrating marriage for inspiration.

Please Don’t Leave Me is a standout, balancing the torrent of emotions in a complicated plea. It opens with a sprightly “da-da-da-da” vocalization, joined by an almost jaunty guitar figure. P!nk’s vocal contains some of her usual grit, but clearly with a more fragile determination than some of her powerful independence rockers. She explores the blame that exists on both sides of the relationship in clear, stark terms, then launches into the chorus, an impassioned plea with a powerful surge in instrumentation that makes it soar.

I can be so mean when I wanna be,
I am capable of really anything,
I could cut you into pieces,
When my heart is, broken

Please don’t leave me,
Please don’t leave me
I always say how I don’t need you,
But it’s always gonna come right back to this,
Please don’t leave me

The song offers no clear resolution or easy answers, making it all the more powerful. P!nk delivers one of her most nuanced — but still powerful — vocals, emphasizing the complexity of the situation. It’s a perfect capsule of a song, neatly capturing a dark situation with grace and passion.

Enjoy this great song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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