Seeing through Pink’s Eyes
Pink and Billy Mann wrote the song, Dear Mr. President. It was sung by Pink and Indigo girls in 2006. The song is a direct criticism of President George W. Bush and the policies of his administration. Pink address the major concerns of most Americans. The lyrics were written in a straight forward and powerful way. Pink and Billy use affective strategies to give their opinions across through lyrics in a song.
How do singers and songwriters get listeners to trust them? Their names within the community speak for themselves. Music name signifiers appears trustworthy to someone who identifies with the words in a song. Pink is a name within the music world that many young listeners trust. Within the song Dear Mr. President, Pink and Billy Mann use specific lines to lead a listener to believe in their credibility. The lines “Come take a walk with me. Let’s pretend we’re just to people and You’re not better than me. I’d like to ask you a question if we can speak honestly.” With these words Pink states an invitation to talk with the President and listen to her opinions. Pink is trying to balance out the social standings between them. She states that she will be truthful with him and not beat around the bush with what she has to stay. While Pink sings the words there is a slow low guitar accompanying her. The guitar sets the mood that belongs with the words of such importance.
The argument of the song that Pink and Billy were showing through lyrics and music was addressing the political corruption that supposedly occurred in the Bush administration. Pink and Billy wrote many social issues during the song. The line “How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye?” refers to all the mothers that lost their children in the war in Iraq. The feeling of a death of a child before a parent is horrible. Most of the fallen were and still are...