After the tragic shooting in Newton, CT claimed the lives of 20 children and 6 faculty members at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Ke$ha‘s song “Die Young” — along with Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks,” which discusses school shootings — was pulled from radio play. “Die Young” plummeted on the charts.
In response, Ke$ha tweeted, “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.” She later deleted the tweet and replaced it with, “I’m so so so sorry for anyone who has been effected by
this tragedy.and I understand why my song is now inappropriate. words
Did she delete the earlier tweet because it wasn’t true? Ke$ha is listed as a co-writer on the song, the lyrics of which are not about violence, but actually about embracing life. During a radio interview in November, Ke$ha confirmed that she did write the song.
“I definitely make sure that every word rings true to me because I would never want to misrepresent myself to millions of people around the world,” she said. Later, she added, “I wrote and rewrote and rewrote that song ten times.”
It’s odd that she claimed she was “forced” to sing it — particularly because the song does not promote violence or glorify an early death. The lyrics simply pose a hypothetical: “Let’s make the most of the night like we’re gonna die young.” While they’re naturally not particularly appealing to a nation mourning a massacre of children, they were written months before the tragedy, and certainly without ill-intent.