Single Review: Pink “There You Go”

There You Go
Album: Can’t Take Me Home
Year: 2000

Pink mocks her ex-boyfriend in the droning R&B of “There You Go.”

In her debut single, Pink begins by sounding exactly like Destiny’s Child song with the syntheszied, jagged beats and drums. However, the similarity is expected. The single was written by Kandi and Kevin Briggs who wrote Destiny’s Child “Bills, Bills, Bills”.

Pink warns her boyfriend to not to compliment her or tell her he loves her. She’s not going to believe it anyhow. She’s going to eventually find out everything he did through friends and tells him to be honest with her. (“Please don’t come around talkin bout that you love me/Cuz that love shit just ain’t for me/And I don’t wanna hear that you adore me/And, I, know that all you’re doing is givin’ me mind games/Don’t you know that game peeps game/So your best bet is to be straight with me”).

She calls him on his bluff. If he actually wants to have a heart-to-heart and work things out, they can hash things out right now. If not, she’s leaving to meet with her new boyfriend. She’s moved on already and hopes it makes him jealous. She means what she says and it’s over. She points out to him that he was selfish and manipulative. She taunts him by saying how pathetic he is by asking for her back. (“So you say you wanna talk, let’s talk/If you won’t talk, I’ll walk, yeah it’s like that/Got a new man, he’s waiting out back/Now what, what you think about that/And when I say I’m through, I’m through/Basically, I’m through with you/Whatcha wanna say, had to have it your way, had to play games/Now you’re beggin’ me to stay”).

She laughs at him for thinking she’s gullible to even date him again after cheating. (“There you go, lookin’ pitiful/Just because I let you go/There you go, talkin’ bout you want me back/But sometimes it be’s like that, so/There you go, talkin’ bout you miss me so, that you love me so, why I let ya go/Yeah you know cause your lies got old, look at you/There you go”).

He’s told he’s a different person now and the girl he was cheating on is out of the picture. However, Pink doesn’t trust him and thinks it’s all talk. Since breaking up with him, she realized that her life revolved around him and he’s not worth it. (“Please don’t come around talkin bout how you changed/How you said good-bye to what’s-her-name/All it sounds like to me is new game/And I was right when I thought I’d be much better off without you/Had to get myself from round you, cuz my life was all about you”).

She no longer wants anything to do with him. She isn’t going to change her mind after talking with him nor is she going to change herself. While they were dating, he had many opportunities to prove to her he wasn’t lying or cheating. (“So you say you wanna talk, I don’t/Say you wanna change, I won’t/Yeah, it’s like that/Had your chance, won’t take it back…now you’re beggin’ me to stay”).

In the bridge, she sneers at his confessions of regret and attempts to get her back.(“Oooh, don’t you wish you could turn the hands of time/Don’t you wish you still were mine/Don’t you wish I’d take you back/Don’t you wish that things were simple like that, oh/Didn’t miss a good thing till it’s gone/But I knew it wouldn’t be long, till you came runnin’ back/Missin’ my love and there you go”).

The single ends with Pink singing the chorus.

“There You Go” is the typical revenge-fulfillment fantasy. However, like revenge, it’s neither satsifying nor truly justifiable. Pink comes across as bitter and hurt. The toughness she exudes in her vocals are only a front.


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