Whenever you first see a track listing for an album, you try to imagine what the song is going to be like, how it's going to sound and what it will be about. The very first time I saw the track listing for The Truth About Love, the title of this song particularly struck me. I immediately thought, Star Trek, but I knew that it couldn't have anything to do with that. For whatever reason, I thought it might be an up tempo song, but I was wrong. In fact, this is one of the most beautiful and tender songs on the album, though I'm still not crazy about the title.
On her website, P!nk's Page, the singer says that this one deals with the loss of a loved one, particularly a child. She didn't want to say much more than that, only stating that it was highly personal, but really anyone who's lost someone close to them can relate to this song. Co-written with songwriter Billy Mann, the words to this acoustic song are once again beautifully penned, but at first the listener is not sure where exactly she's going with it...
There's a whole n'other conversation going on
In a parrallel universe
Where nothing breaks and nothing hurts
There's a waltz playing frozen in time
Blades of grass on tiny bare feet
I look at you and you're looking at me
Then the chorus comes, and we get a clearer picture:
Could you beam me up,
Give me a minute, I don't know what I'd say in it
Probably just stare, happy just to be there holding your face
Beam me up,
Let me be lighter, tired of being a fighter,
I think, a minutes enough,
Just beam me up
Wow, I thought the first time I heard it. What a wonderful concept, huh? I can think of a few people up there I'd like to have just another minute with. Doesn't everybody? And my reaction would probably be just like hers: one of awe and absolute tenderness. Every time I take a listen, I try to imagine someone who's gone and that I hope to see again once this life is over...my dad, Aunt Vi, my nana, Kevin, so many others...
The second verse is another display of this very talented songwriter's prowess, painting a picture of a magnificent place in time through experiential images that transcend all walks of life, taking us to a place we'd all like to be, even just for a moment...
Some black birds soaring in the sky,
Barely a breath like our one last say
Tell me that was you, saying goodbye,
There are times I feel the shiver and cold,
It only happens when I'm on my own,
I tell ya, tell me, I'm not alone
I have no idea where this song will stand in the order of things in comparison to the rest of the tracks on The Truth About Love, but I still love it, and I love the sentimental feelings it conjures up within me whenever I take a listen, as I imagine being beamed up, just for a minute, giving myself pause to just stare into the face of someone I've lost from my physical world, but never from my heart. And then I take away one last glimmer of hope during the final bridge...
Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
Just Give Me a Reason
How Come You're Not Here
Slut Like You
The Truth About Love
Stay tuned for the rest...
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Lyrics courtesy of directlyrics.