No one was asking Ke$ha to say $orry for the lyrics to her dance floor club hit “Die Young.” Yes, she’s all about shagging ghosts, spirit animals, and all elements of the paranormal, but there’s no way she could’ve predicted the mass school shooting that unfolded in Connecticut last Friday.
Radio stations are already seeing a drop in overall radio plays because of its inconvenient lyrics (“Let’s make the most of the night like we’re gonna die young”), yet that didn’t stop her from drawing even more attention to this topic—a non-issue really in comparison to the loss of 26 human lives—by commenting on Twitter: “i understand. I had my very own issue with ‘die young’ for this reason.
I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO.” It appears she was redirecting all this non-anger no one had at her (clearly she’s projecting here) onto her management team or record company or something, it isn’t too clear who. She then deleted the tweet.
She corrected the err by keeping the focus where it should be, on the victims and family, anywhere not on Ke$ha, basically. She tweets instead: “I’m so so so sorry for anyone who has been effected [sic] by this tragedy.and I understand why my song is now inappropriate. words cannot express.”
The lack of “Die Young” radio support is reminiscent to air wave reaction in the wake of September 11, specifically Clear Channel which sent out a very politically correct suggestion memo of songs that may be too close to comfort and insensitively ill-timed.
Selections of that 165-song list (and some their possible lyrics) included:
– “Ironic” by `, for “And as the plane crashed down, he thought, well, isn’t this nice”
– “Imagine” by John Lennon, for “Imagine there’s no heaven”
– “Ticket to Ride” by The Beatles
– “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and “Love Is A Battlefield” by Pat Benatar
– “Learn to Fly” by Foo Fighters
– “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” by Guns N’ Roses
– “Fly Away” by Lenny Kravitz
– “Only the Good Die Young” by Billy Joel
– “Jump” by Van Halen