Pink has been hitting back at haters with a defiant new track. On July 14, the pop rock singer released a single called Irrelevant, which turns hateful comments into a powerful protest anthem. Specifically, it addresses the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and other societal issues that have become increasingly contentious in the United States.
In the pre-chorus, Pink reflects on her role as a heretic who defies societal norms and challenges the status quo. She also acknowledges that she may be deemed "irrelevant" or "insignificant" by those who disagree with her beliefs. But she reassures listeners that her voice will be heard and that she won't be silenced.
The lyrics also touch on existential themes like the nature of love and acceptance. In the chorus, she sings, "You say sticks and stones hurt / But I know it's the truth / I've been burned with lies." This reference to the childhood rhyme implies that words can inflict serious damage, even when they appear harmless on the surface. It also hints at the hypocrisy that often accompanies the rhetoric of tolerance and inclusion, as people who promote these values may be willing to tolerate only certain types of behavior.
For the bridge, Pink sings, "Girls just wanna have rights / So why do we have to fight?" This is a nod to the Cyndi Lauper song Girls Just Want to Have Fun and a reminder that equality should not be something that women must constantly battle for. The song concludes with a call to action that encourages listeners to vote and support the causes they care about. All proceeds from the single will benefit former First Lady Michelle Obama's nonpartisan voting initiative When We All Vote, which aims to change the culture surrounding elections and increase voter participation by helping to close race and age gaps.