Song Analysis – “Please Don’t Leave Me” – P!nk

Song Analysis- P!nk – Please Don’t Leave Me

I don’t know if I can yell any louder
How many times have I kicked you outta here?
Or said something insulting?
[A couple is having a fight. They have an on-again off-again relationship. They break up and make up. She’s trying to recall how many times she’s kicked him to the curb or how many times she’s dissed him.]

I can be so mean when I wanna be
I am capable of really anything
I can cut you into pieces
[She’s on a power trip, realizing that she can hurt her partner so badly so easily.]

When my heart is
Broken

Please don’t leave me
Please don’t leave me
I always say how I don’t need you
But it’s always gonna come right back to this
Please, don’t leave me
[She desperately wants him to stay. I think inside she’s very vulnerable, but she puts on a front of being strong. She realizes that she does need him.]

How did I become so obnoxious?
What is it with you that makes me act like this?
I’ve never been this nasty
[Now she’s blaming him for her behavior. She thinks it must be some flaw in him that brings out the worst in her.]

Can’t you tell that this is all just a contest?
The one that wins will be the one that hits the hardest
But baby I don’t mean it
I mean it, I promise
[The fight is really a battle of wills. She knows that if she’s tough, she can keep control of the relationship. But she doesn’t want to hit him so hard that he wants nothing to do with her.]

Please don’t leave me
Please don’t leave me
I always say how I don’t need you
But it’s always gonna come right back to this
Please, don’t leave me

I forgot to say out loud
How beautiful you really are to me
I can’t be without
You’re my perfect little punching bag
And I need you
I’m sorry
[The line, “You’re my perfect little punching bag,” captures the essence of this song. She constantly puts him down and yells at him, but really she loves him deeply because he fulfills an important role in her life.]

Please, please don’t leave me

Baby, please don’t leave me
No, don’t leave me
Please don’t leave me
I always say how I don’t need you
But it’s always gonna come right back to this
Please, don’t leave me
Please don’t leave me
I always say how I don’t need you
But it’s always gonna come right back to this
Please don’t leave me
Please, please don’t leave me

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