Just Give Me A Reason by Pink ft. Nate Ruess
With Just Give Me a Reason, Pink brings back a tradition that rock hasn’t seen done well in over twenty years: the broken-hearted love song. This singer, who started her career singing songs about parties and fun, has grown into a legendary entertainer who is endlessly reinventing herself. This duet, sung with Nate Ruess, tells the story of a relationship that is not over, but where she might just be terrified at losing the man she loves.
Pink and Reuss work together very well in this simply produced song. Throughout the video, Pink is on a bed that’s floating on the water, symbolizing the fluid nature of their love.
The video was directed by Diane Martel, who has been directing music videos since 1993. She was also the choreographer, going all the way back to 1991’s R.E.M. Video, “Shiny Happy People.” She has worked with artists including Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and Britney Spears. Very few directors have as much experience with music videos as Martel. Her use of imagery in the video is a simple and classic as a scene from the Lawrence Welk Show. Classic and minimalist, her direction leaves the viewer focused on Pink and the words of the song, not the technology that was used.
Pink co-wrote this song with Reuss and Jeff Bhasker. One of the most accomplished people in music, Bhasker has written with, of course, Fun, Jay-Z and lots of tracks for Kanye West. His musical repertoire is as diverse as Taylor Swift and Snoop Dogg. He’s a multiple Grammy-winner and continues to write great music.
The team of Pink, Bhasker and Reuss represents a powerful hit making machine that has picked up a gentle, classic style, reminiscent of early-60’s country duets, and added a modern drum beat. Bhasker has also written and produced under his alter-ego Billy Kraven.
The lyrics of the song are painfully familiar to anyone who has ever felt insecure in relationship. She continues her run of songs that are so personal, sincere and honest that her fans and critics alike continue to find her irresistible. This song follows in the traditions of her Funhouse album that exposed all of her feelings about her separation from her husband, Carey Hart. Pink is seen rolling on the mattress in the video with Hart. Their affection is evident, but reports are that it was a grueling, tiring shoot for both of them. They even joked about how he always does what she tells him to.