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"The Great Escape"
Truth about love cover
Song by P!nk
from the album The Truth About Love
Released
September 14, 2012
Recorded
2012
Genre
Pop, acoustic
Length
4:24
Label
RCA
Writer(s)
P!nk, Dan Wilson
Producer(s)
Dan Wilson
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"The Great Escape" is the final track from P!nk's sixth studio album, The Truth About Love. The song was co-written by P!nk and Dan Wilson, who also produced the track.

BackgroundEdit

P!nk spoke with Spotify about the song:

I was inspired to write that song because I... A lot of people think it's about suicide, and you know what? It's whatever they want it to be about, 'cause I don't try to... if that's what it does for someone, then I don't wanna ruin that by telling them my story. [...] But, for me, it's about how I think the entire world is numbed down on something, whether it's antidepressants, or anti-anxiety, or.... It just seems like there's a pill for everything now. 'Do you wake up in the morning....? You need.... Side effects include....' [making reference to commercials for pills that are often run on TV nowadays] Um... And I have very personal relationship that frustrate the hell out of me because they can't feel anything. I personally need my highs; I need my lows. I have a gig that requires them and I just... I want them. I wanna feel. I wanna sit in my misery sometimes and just cry. But I think a lot of people are now taught to be afraid of their emotions or to hide them or to swallow them down, and... emotions make people uncomfortable. You know? We say, 'How are you?' but we don't wait around to hear the answer. And, we don't really wanna hear the answer. Um... In some cultures, it's actually rude to tell them the answer when they ask you how you are. [...] It's interesting, I played that song for a couple of people that I thought needed to hear it and they got really defensive, which was really... I did my job. [...] I see a lot going on in the world and I sometimes wonder how we all sit back and just watch it, like it's a reality show. [...] I think it's [the song] really beautiful. It's really, just... melodically beautiful. I'm a fan! [laughs] [1]

LyricsEdit

I can understand how when the edges are rough
And they cut you like the tiny slivers of glass
And you feel too much
And you don't know how long you're gonna last,

But everyone you know, is tryna smooth it over,
Find a way to make the hurt go away,
But everyone you know, is tryna smooth it over,
Like you're trying to scream underwater,
But I won't let you make the great escape,
I'm never gonna watch you checking out of this place
I'm not gonna lose you
'Cause the passion and pain
Are gonna keep you alive someday
Gonna keep you alive someday

I feel like I could wave my fist in front of your face
And you wouldn't flinch or even feel a thing
And you've retreated to your silent corner
Like you decided the fight was over for ya,

Everyone you know, is tryna smooth it over,
Find a way to make the hurt go away,
Everyone you know, is tryna smooth it over,
Everyone needs a floor they can fall through
But I won't let you make the great escape,
I'm never gonna watch you checking out of this place
I'm not gonna lose you
'Cause the passion and pain
Are gonna keep you alive someday
They're gonna keep you alive someday

Oh, Terrified of the dark, but not if you go with me
And I won't need a pill to make me numb
And I wrote the book on runnin',
But that chapter of my life will soon be done

I'm the king of the great escape
You're not gonna watch me checking out of this place
You're not gonna lose me
'Cause the passion and pain
Are gonna keep us alive someday
Yeah the passion and the pain
Are gonna keep us alive someday, someday

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