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"Crystal Ball"
Song by P!nk
from the album Funhouse
October 24, 2008
Pop rock
P!nk, Billy Mann
Billy Mann
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"Crystal Ball" is a song from P!nk's album, Funhouse. It was written by P!nk and Billy Mann, and produced by the latter. P!nk has said that it is the song she is most proud of from the album.


"Crystal Ball" was mainly written about not wanting to know about the future. During a track-by-track interview for Funhouse, P!nk said of the song, "I don't wanna know the future. That's the best part, is not knowing."[1]

Speaking about the song, P!nk stated, "I am proud of the songwriting, melody, and vocals on that song. I recorded it in one take and we didn't mix it. It just went straight to master. It was all about a vibe and not about perfection or being polished. I just love that song and I loved recording it. Me and Billy got in a room and lit some candles, had some wine, and threw up a guitar mike and two vocal mikes and just went with it."[2]

She further compared "Crystal Ball" to "The One That Got Away" from her previous record because of the similar songwriting processes:

'The One That Got Away' was one of those songs from the last record where, you know, we've had a little bit, maybe, too much to drink or not enough or we're kind of right in that yummy middle ground, and then Billy gets so pissed at me because I [...] always use the demos. I don't mix a lot of those songs. A lot of those songs on the record don't get mixed. Some of them don't even get mastered. I don't want them touched. And then he's like, 'let me re-sing my part!' Absolutely not. He gets so mad at me. 'The One That Got Away' and 'Crystal Ball,' if you listen close enough, he's singing the wrong words, we're not even singing the same song. But it's so beautiful because it's an energy. It's nothing else but raw love recorded.[1]

Live performances[]

"Crystal Ball" was included in the setlist of the Funhouse Tour. A live version of the song was included in the tour's subsequent DVD and CD release, Funhouse Tour: Live in Australia.