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"How Come You're Not Here"
Truth about love cover
Song by P!nk
from the album The Truth About Love
Released
September 14, 2012
Recorded
2012
Genre
Pop rock
Length
3:13
Label
RCA
Writer(s)
P!nk, Greg Kurstin
Producer(s)
Greg Kurstin
The Truth About Love track listing
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"How Come You're Not Here" is the sixth track on P!nk's sixth studio album, The Truth About Love. It was performed live for the first time in Los Angeles a few days before the album's release in order to promote it, along with the songs "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)", "Try", "Slut Like You", and "Are We All We Are". The song was preceded by "True Love" (featuring Lily Rose Cooper) on the album, and followed by "Slut Like You". P!nk stated that "How Come You're Not Here" was one of her favorite songs to sing. [1] In a live chat with fans, she again mentioned it as one of her favorite songs from the new album, calling it "really fun to sing" and "a total rocker". [2]

BackgroundEdit

This song finds P!nk recalling a fling her husband Carey Hart had when the couple briefly separated in the late 2000s. She told Billboard magazine: "It's funny. I wrote 'Family Portrait' when I was 21 and my parents divorced when I was 9, so I tend to hold onto things. I'm still exorcising some of those demons. And look, I'm in a relationship that I've been in for 10 years and it's never going to be perfect. Carey always jokes, 'You're always just mad enough at me to write a song.' Yep. Thanks, baby, you're my muse." [3]

P!nk told The Independent on Sunday that she'd been waiting "years" to write the song. "You know, we had that break-up, and that second verse is my favorite second verse that I've ever written," she said. "'I heard some rumors about another girl. I heard she's cute but she stores nuts like a squirrel. That's all cool. I'll wait right here till you get bored. And she gets carded for beer...'" (laughs). "That kind of shit I have in my back pocket. It's so easy to go back there." [3]

When speaking to Spotify about the song, P!nk stated, "I guess I was thinking about it as a cartoon, almost, where he's left, and I'm like, looking under the bed 'cause I'm completely delusional and he's hiding behind a stop sign and I'm like, 'I see you!' and I'm chasing after him the whole song and he's running away and I'm like, 'But I'm awesome!'" [4] This concept may have been inspired partially by the music video for "Please Don't Leave Me", which was conceptually very similar.

P!nk's daughter, Willow, plays bells on this song. "She's actually quite talented for a 13-month-old!" P!nk laughed to MTV News. "There was a basket of shit, and she came over and pulled out the bells and started banging on them, and I was like, 'Record it!'"[3]

LyricsEdit

Where have you been?
Where have you gone?
And have I done something wrong?
You're the Tooth Fairy
You're like Santa Claus
You're like white noise
When I want my favorite song

Just come on back
And come on home
It ain't super smart to leave me alone
Light a flare, pick up the phone
I'm like a stoner babe without my bong

Are you hiding in the closet?
Are you underneath the bed?
Did you go for a long walk off a short pier?
How come you're not here?
Should I worry you've been bitten?
Or somebody got you high?
Quick come back
Or I might just die
How come you're not here?

I've heard some rumors
About another girl
I heard she's cute
But she stores nuts like a squirrel
And that's all cool
I'll wait right here
'Til you get bored
And she gets carded for beer

I'm the one
I'm just that slick
You won't find better
I'm honey dipped
There ain't a thing
That's fake on me
I miss you baby
Come home to me

Are you hiding in the closet?
Are you underneath the bed?
Did you go for a long walk off a short pier?
How come you're not here?
Should I worry you've been bitten?
Or somebody got you high?
Quick come back
Or I might just die
How come you're not here?

Has anyone seen?
Has anyone seen?
Has anyone seen why he's hiding from me?
Can anyone see?
Can anyone see?
Can anyone see let's play hide and seek

Are you hiding in the closet?
Are you underneath the bed?
Did you go for a long walk off a short pier?
How come you're not here?
Should I worry you've been bitten?
Or somebody got you high?
Quick come back
Or I might just die
Quick come back
Or I might just die

ReferencesEdit

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