Ke$ha continues to try to clarify her feelings about the lyrics for “Die Young,” her first single off “Warrior,” which was yanked from many radio stations following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings last week in Newtown, Conn.
Earlier this week, she tweeted that she was “forced” to sing the lyrics. That tweet was quickly deleted.
She has now attempted to further explain by issuing the following statement on her website: “After such a tragic event I was feeling a lot of emotion and sadness when I said I was forced to sing some of the lyrics to ‘Die Young.” Forced is not the right word. I did have some concerns about the phrase “die young” in the chorus when we were writing the lyrics especially because so many of my fans are young and that”s one reason why I wrote so many versions of this song. But the point of the song is the importance of living every day to the fullest and staying young at heart, and these are things I truly believe.”
Note that she never says whether she voiced her “concerns” about the phrase ‘die young” when she was recording them or just kept them to herself. Now that the song has come under increased scrutiny, she seems to be scrambling to disassociate herself with the lyrics. If she felt that strongly about it, maybe she should have spoken up a little more vociferously at the time. Let”s face it, Ke$ha hardly seems to be the type artist who has trouble expressing her opinions. Plus, she is listed as one of the song’s co-writers (along with Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco, Cirkut and Natt Ruess), so we’re not sure how she was “forced” to sing lyrics she may have written herself.
Regardless, it”s one of those strange, sad cases where a song/artist gets pulled into a situation that really has nothing to do with the song at all. Maybe now that she”s made nice to Dr. Luke, who signed her, and anyone else she may have offended, we can put the focus back on where it should be.