I would like to introduce you to the second PHF Song of The Week with a little quotation:
"The weight of this sad time we must obey.
Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.
The oldest hath borne most. We that are young
Shall never see so much, nor live so long."
- William Shakespeare, King Lear
For those who didn't keep abreast of the events that happened in Charlottesville, here's a little recap. The city became a place where American racists rallied. The majority of them were white men with extreme right-wing views. The pretext for the rally was to save a monument that was to be removed in the centre of the city of a confederate general commanding the Civil War in the 19th century opposed to the abolition of slavery.. There were clashes between the participants of the rally and its opponents. Before the police took control of the situation, a young, 20-year-old neo-Nazi had driven into a group of civilians on the model of Islamic terrorists. A young woman named Heather Heyer died as a repercussion of the disgusting act of hatred and many of the victims were taken to the hospital. Heather's last Facebook post read, "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention."
Many of our favorite stars took to their social media to speak their opinions about the whole event:
In light of the recent upsetting events that took place in Charlottesville a few days ago, I think that the world needs a song that will speak to the masses. A song that will lift our spirits and make us feel stronger and united. That's when P!nk came through with her brand new soaring protest song, 'What About Us'. The single was written by P!nk herself with the help of Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol and Steve Mac who also produced it. With its gentle piano progressions, the track takes flight during the chorus as P!nk bemoans all that's lost and nowhere to be found.
P!nk asks a series of rhetorical questions nobody seem to be able to answer. "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?", the singer asks in the chorus. The song is transparently political, but not in an angry way. It is rather a call for action. As the US president Donald Trump seems to be deaf to people's anger and sadness, there is a kind of desperation for political anthems now. P!nk provided us with a great, up to date track that surely will help many people to deal with contemporary times.
'What About Us' is the first single from P!nk's upcoming album Beautiful Trauma which comes out October 13th, as shared with her fans via her social media. P!nk will also be honored with the Video Vanguard Award at the 2017 MTV VMAs on the 27th of August!
What do you think of the song? Tell us in the comments below!