Viewing 2: Music Video


Choose a music video that has a non-dramatic storyline.  Discuss what you think it means.  What symbolism is used? Submit your answer as a blog post with the video embedding.

P!NK is absolutely one of my favorite current artists today, and she at least co-writes all of her songs, which makes me love her even more.  Her creative videos combined with her great lyrics and her powerhouse voice are powerful yet for the most part relatable and always tell a story.

In her Just Like a Pill video, it starts out with a dizzying, shifty camera and a piano with keys moving on their own.  P!nk is lying on the floor in a grungy, dark open mansion room wearing barely anything, a black cloak draped over her, open in the front, making her look vulnerable and knocked down.

Next we see this dark creature–a magician–in a garden and we aren’t really sure who he is but he begins to pop up throughout the rest of the video, popping out of corners and sneaking behind her.  It could be the person who she began this relationship with and keeps coming back to haunt her.

There is an elephant standing behind her, maybe the “elephant in the room,” or the obvious problem, and it’s something she doesn’t want to deal with but knows she has to.  There is a part with her in a room full of pure white rabbits, maybe tying along with the idea that what started out as magic only ended up “making her ill.”

Also throughout the video, in the background, there is a group of people who appear to be really intensely making out and being all over each other, but by the end, it appears that they all ended up in a massive fight.

The video ends with her walking upstairs and into a bright light, and I believe she is escaping the toxicity.

In summary, the video is mildly trippy but still pretty deep in meaning revolving around either a toxic relationship with another person or with oneself.  The relationship has become unsupportive, false, and unstable.

Every line in the chorus is a metaphor: “I can’t stay on your life support, there’s a shortage in the switch, I can’t stay on your morphine ’cause it’s making me itch, I tried to call the nurse again, but she’s being a little bitch, I think I’ll get out of here.”


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