|"Long Way to Happy"|
|Song by P!nk|
from the album I'm Not Dead
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I'm Not Dead was originally named Long Way to Happy after the song.
Similarly to "Family Portrait," the initial idea for "Long Way to Happy" was conceived in a poem written by P!nk when she was just 13 years old. The song addresses themes of betrayal, molestation, and abuse; it was inspired by P!nk's own experiences and the experiences of the people around her.
In 2006, she spoke with The Independent about the song, stating, "I know a lot of people that have been abused and/or molested and/or fucked over by someone close to them. And I'm no exception. And that's that song."
Butch Walker opened up about the writing process behind the song more in an interview with PopMatters:
|“||The first time that [P!nk & I] did the vocals to 'A Long Way to Happy'—which is a song that Alecia and I did—it was written about her having to deal with being raped as a teenager by a cop, which was brutal for her. We had never even known each other before she expressed this to me, and I said, 'Well, obviously when we go into the studio it’s going to be [a] pretty emotional time, so let’s make sure the vocal goes down naturally', and sure enough she was practically in tears when she sang it, and I don’t blame her. I don’t think you have to subscribe to the mentality that you have to bring the person to pain to sing and give a good performance. You just got to let the song be the song and let it do the work. Some songs are meant to be taken lighter and some are not. She definitely let that one fly.||”|