Pink and Nate Ruess wrote it together. I love Pink and I love Fun. so loving this song is a no-brainer.
Ohhhhh, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to 'splain and 'splain everything I love about it.
On wikipedia it says that Pink and Nate Ruess (heretofore called Fun.) were initially just having a writing session and they wrote this song.
Wha? HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? How do these things get set up? I love this pairing. But I don't think they're buds. They run in different circles. Does Pink just say, get me Fun.? How's it work in the biz? Where did it take place? Did they write this song in a day? Did they drink Diet Coke? Did they sit at desks or on comfortable couches?
FOR SURE Fun. sat criss-cross apple sauce for all or part of the writing session. I just know it.
This song turned out to be conversational, which is part of what makes it so great. Some of my favorite songs ever are conversational (You're the One That I Want, Don't Go Breakin' My Heart, You Don't Bring Me Flowers). They're clever. They're dramatic. And fun. And, Fun.
So Pink asked Fun. to sing it with her. It's catchy and pretty and the lyrics are good and interesting. They depict a couple with problems trying to hang in there. Totally relatable. (Zing! I like to keep Christian on his toes!)
Pink sings first and you're totally on her side. It's kind of a nice surprise to hear the husband chime in. (All couples who sing together are married, just like all dogs are boys and all cats are girls.) Now here's where it gets interesting. Because Fun. says some typical guy things. Like, "where is this coming from?" and "It's all in your mind." With Pink being so powerful and sympathetic and, incidentally, married to kind of a tough-guy who is probably (just playing the odds) maybe a bit of a macho Men are from Mars sort of fellow, on the page I think these lyrics are good but it gets super special when Fun. sings them.
Why? Because Nate Ruess does not sound like a typical macho guy. He's tiny and slight. He sings so earnestly. When they sing this song, it's hard to distinguish which person is singing. The woman voice and the man voice blend and it's hard to tell who is accusing whom of what. That is what I find interesting. Pink and Fun.'s voices both span 2 octaves in this song. It's quite remarkable.
Watch this live version. Are those tears in Nate's eyes? I love this pairing. It's kind of gender-bending in a cool, awesome, interesting way. Are they aware of this? I mean, Pink is kind of tough and Fun. is kind of sensitive. They're great. I basically have a mix of both their haircuts. I'd marry either one of them. (Zing! I like to keep Christian on his toes.) I'm not saying Pink is not feminine and Fun. is not masculine. You get what I'm saying.
For the record, I think Pink sounds amazing in this live version and so does Fun. She's wearing an ear piece and he's not. Whatever that means. When he pleads, "I'll fix it for us," to me it is a play on how women typically complain that they just want to talk about their problems and men typically don't want to listen but want to jump in with ways to fix their problems. But when Nate Ruess sings it I think, Bless his heart. He really will try hard to fix it for us!
I didn't post the official video because it's kind of not safe for work/kids on your lap while you read blogs. If it makes you feel better you should know that Pink's racy love scenes in the video are with her real-life husband. But Fun. is there too. He's just there to belt out the lyrics.
And by the way, I'm not just making unfair assumptions about Pink's macho husband. She basically told me all about him in the album this song is from, The Truth About Love. She actually spells out the word r-o-m-a-n-c-e for him in one song. She says she hates him in lots of songs. Their relationship seems volatile—but a lot more interesting than any of Taylor Swift's! Best wishes to Pink—Split, reconciled, and still together with Carey Hart, her husband, baby daddy, and motorcycle racer. I hope he's as much of a sweetheart to her as Fun. seems to be.
Kudos to my daughter, Maggie, for introducing me to this song. Her musical tastes tend more towards mainstream and the indie-music-lovers in our family sometimes look down our (I mean their) noses at things "everyone" likes. But Maggie has great taste and HELLO everyone should like this song, because it rules.
My obsession runs deep. I actually wrote a spoof of this song for Lisa and Chris Clark to sing to each other. It's based on the conflict couples have over watching their shows together when one person seems less committed. Lisa Clark is my muse and when I picture her and Chris in bed together (admit it, we all picture this) I picture him snoring under his CPAP and her very engaged with the remote. I was hoping Pretty Darn Funny might pick it up as a viral video and Chris and Lisa could reprise their roles as Daryl and Gracie, but I'm open to a Kickstarter. I feel that Chris and Lisa would be in, no matter what.
If you are wondering why this post is so long, this is how a conversation with me would go if I were completely in charge, we had unlimited time, and no one interrupted me. Isn't it wonderful? OK. I'll post the song parody. But you have to read the lyrics while listening to the actual song. Here's a playlist with the song along with some other fantastic duets that I love. Don't skim this post. You won't know what's going on.
"Just Give Me a Season” sung to “Just Give Me a Reason” by Pink and Nate Ruess of fun.
Gracie watching TV in bed while Daryl sleeps next to her. Gracie sings to the TV, then to Daryl, then he wakes up and they sing to each other.
Isn't it romantic? I know you can picture it. I admit that it is autobiographical. So anyway. You see that when I say "obsessed" I'm not exaggerating. Happy listening. It's a great song. If you read this whole post I want to give you a dollar.