Pink's 'Can't Take Me Home' Turns 15 & The Lyrics Are Totally Outdated
Get this: Pink's been around for 15 years. That's right, the artist also known as Alecia Beth More released her debut album Can't Take Me Home in 2000 and has been in our lives and on the radio ever since. But sadly, I have to note that some of the lyrics of the songs from Can't Take Me Home are outdated by 2015 standards, including rhymes from her hits "There You Go," "Most Girls," and "You Make Me Sick". Of course, a lot has changed in 15 years — these days, things are "on fleek" and we've got you, "bae." Whatever that means.
Can't Take Me Home went double platinum in the United States, Australia, and Canada. It was a huge success for Pink, who pretty much became a household name after the album hit the Billboard charts. It's so crazy to think about the year 2000 and what a different time that was. The world had just "survived" the Y2K "bug" (like there was anything to worry about). The U.S. had no idea that the presidential election race between George W. Bush and Al Gore would be one for the ages — and give us the gift of "hanging chads" and, well, the importance of Florida. And there was no "fleek" or "bae."
Let's flashback to 2000 and go through the old cool vernacular from Pink's Can't Take Me Home. It'll be totally jiggy (that's something we said back then, right?).
There's a dash of 2000s vocab in this song's girl power lyrics.
Couldn't be more fly, gettin paid was everythingBut I'm not every girl and I don't need that world to validate meCuz shorty's got a job, shorty's got a car, shorty can pay her own rentDon't wanna dance if it is not in my heart
Remember when "fly" meant cool? And who's "shorty"? I can't believe we used to call each other that. But hey, at least shorty's got a job, car, and money to pay rent.
"Can't Take Me Home"
Before there was "bae," there was another term of endearment for your loved one: "Boo."
Well they don't feed you, so why you care booCuz the best love you ever had is right here with you
And remember when it was cool to say the word "thing" as "thang"? One letter made such a difference back in the day.
But if you keep playing, then I'll make you the foolCuz it's a Pink thang
"You Make Me Sick"
OK, so some of this I had to look up, because apparently even in 2000 I wasn't fully up on hip slang such as "bumpin Isley" (drinking whisky) and the "6 double 0" (anyone?).
He was doing 8-0 on the freewayIn the 6 double O, bumpin IsleyHe was gettin kinda close, kinda touch-ayCuz he had a little too much Hennessey He told me that he wanna go home, with me up on the hill to my condoTold me he would keep it all on the low-lowBut I told him, "boo, I don't really know though"
In 2015, we do still drink whisky, Hennessey Cognac, and go home to our condos, but not quite on the "low-low" with our "boo." Oh, how things have changed.