"People Like Us" as written by James Michael, Blair Daly and Meghan Shahnaz Kabir....
We come into this world unknown
But know that we are not alone
They try and knock us down
But change is coming, it's our time now

Hey everybody loses it
Everybody wants to throw it all away sometimes
And hey, yeah I know what you're going through
Don't let it get the best of you, you'll make it out alive
Oh, people like us we've gotta stick together
Keep your head up, nothing lasts forever
Here's to the damned to the lost and forgotten
It's hard to get high when you're living on the bottom

Oh woah oh oh woah oh
We are all misfits living in a world on fire
Oh woah oh oh woah oh
Sing it for the people like us, the people like us

Hey, this is not a funeral
It's a revolution, after all your tears have turned to rage
Just wait, everything will be okay
Even when you're feeling like it's going down in flames

Oh, people like us we've gotta stick together
Keep your head up nothing lasts forever
Here's to the damned, to the lost and forgotten
It's hard to get high when you're living on the bottom

Oh woah oh oh woah oh
We are all misfits living in a world on fire
Oh woah oh oh woah oh
Sing it for the people like us, the people like us

Oh woah oh oh woah oh
You've just gotta turn it up loud when the flames get higher
Oh woah oh oh woah oh
Sing it for the people like us, the people like us

They can't do nothing to you, they can't do nothing to me
This is the life that we choose, this is the life that we bleed
So throw your fists in the air, come out, come out if you dare
Tonight we're gonna change forever

Everybody loses it,
Everybody wants to throw it all away sometimes

Oh, people like us we've gotta stick together
Keep your head up nothing lasts forever
Here's to the damned, to the lost and forgotten
It's hard to get high when you're living on the bottom

Oh woah oh oh woah oh
We are all misfits living in a world on fire
Oh woah oh oh woah oh
Sing it for the people like us, the people like us

Oh woah oh oh woah oh
You've just got to turn it up loud when the flames get higher
Oh woah oh oh woah oh
Sing it for the people like us, the people like us

Oh woah oh oh woah oh
We're all misfits living in a world on fire
Oh woah oh oh woah oh
Sing it for the people like us, the people like us

Oh woah oh oh woah oh
You've just got to turn it up loud when the flames get higher
Oh woah oh oh woah oh
Sing it for the people like us, the people like us


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"People Like Us" as written by James Michael, Blair Daly, Meghan Shahnaz Kabir

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    My InterpretationI think the song is about all the people who are brave enough to challenge the social norms to bring about changes to the world.
    Often times these people can feel like "misfits" because there are still so many narrow minded people in this world who will not accept any views that are different from their own.
    Like the video suggests, these people can often times be the victims of criticism and ostracizing. They can feel as if they are alone in their struggles. Sometimes they will hide their beliefs and their true identity in fear of what other people might say or do to them.
    This is a song reminding these people that they are never alone and that there are so many people who are like them in this world. "We have to stick together" and support each other along the way.

    "But change is coming, It's our time now," means that it is the responsibility of the up coming generation to bring about these changes so that the future generations don't have to struggle with the same things we are going through right now.

    As someone else have mentioned, I think gay rights is one of the many major social issues that Kelly Clarkson's song is implying to, but the song is not just limited to one issue. It's an empowering song for everyone who is fighting to challenge and tackle the array of problems we have in this world today.

    I also think that the car and Nokia phone is colored not just for product placement, but also because technological innovations is just another facet of challenging the norms and going beyond them to bring about new improvement to this world.

    I also think that this song is for everybody who has felt different from this world, and to let them know that it's okay to be different. We do not have to live in a black and white world of conformism. It is diversity in ways of thinking, perceiving, expressing, and living that makes this world a very colorful place to be.

    I absolutely love this song and can't stop listening to it. Kelly Clarkson is simply amazing!
    k00000on August 01, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI MADE AN ACCOUNT TO SPECIFICALLY TO EXPRESS MY INTERPRETATION OF THIS SONG, AND SURPRISED IM THE ONLY ONE THUS FAR. IM GOING TO START BY SAYING I FREAKING OVE THIS SONG AND THAT KELLY CLARKSON IS AMAZING, AND DID OUTSTANDING. WHICH ISNT SHOCKING. ALL OF HER SONGS ARE GREAT. THIS ONE IN PARTICULAR IS A SONG FOR COMFORT, STREGNTH, EQUALITY AND ITS EMPOWERMENT!

    SO THIS SONG SPEAKS TO ME FOR 3 REASONS.
    1. IM A LESBIAN (HOUSTON, TX)
    2. IVE KNOWN 2 PEOPLE TO KILL THEMESELVES FOR BEING BULLIED AND FOR FEELING OUT OF PLACE, BECAUSE THEY ARE GAY.
    3. IM A STRONG SUPPORTER FOR RIGHTS AND EQUALITY.

    I CANT BE SURE THAT THIS SONG WAS DIRECTED TO THAT GAY COMMUNITY BECAUSE KC IS OBVIOUSLY NOT GAY, BUT MAYBE SHE IS A SUPPORTER/FIGHTER FOR GAYS, IDK. I GET THIS IDEA THAT ITS ABOUT THE GAY COMMUNITY BECAUSE IN THE VIDEO, EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE IS IN BLACK AND WHITE, EXCEPT THE LITTLE GIRL. UNTIL KC REVEALS THAT SHE IS "DIFFERENT" TOO AND THAT SHE NO LONGER WAS GOING TO STAND TO LIVE IN SECRET, TO NOT BE HERSELF ETC.

    SO MAYBE ITS FOR THOSE WHO HAVENT COME OUT YET BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID OF WHAT PEOPLE WILL SAY, DO OR ACT, OR HAVE COME OUT AND FEEL ALONE, OR HAVE BEEN OUT BUT COULDNT HANDEL FEELING AND GETTING TREATED DIFFERENT SO THEY DIE OF TORMENT AND BEING BULLIED.
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    We come into this world unknown
    But know that we are not alone
    They try and knock us down
    But change is coming, it's our time now
    **BASICALLY SAYING THAT WE COME INTO THIS WORLD UNKNOWNINGLY, AND HELPLESS TO THE WAY THAT WE ARE- WE CANNOT HELP BEING GAY, WE DID NOT CHOOSE THIS LIFE, WE DIDNT CHOOSE TO BE "DIFFERENT" BUT WE ARE. AND SHES SAYING THAT EVEN THOUGH YOU MAY FEEL ALONE, YOUR NOT! THAT THERE ARE PLENTY OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD WHO ARE JUST LIKE YOU, WHO FEEL WHAT YOUR GOING THROUGH. AND THAT THE GOVERNEMNENT AND SOCIETY HAVE TRIED TO DESTROY US AND TAKE AWAY OUR RIGHTS ETC. BUT ALTHOUHGH THEY HAVE ATTEMPTED TIME AFTER TIME, BUT TO NOT GIVE UP, BECAUSE WE AR SO CLOSE TO BEING TREATED AS ONE.

    Hey everybody loses it
    Everybody wants to throw it all away sometimes
    And hey, yeah I know what you're going through
    Don't let it get the best of you, you'll make it out alive
    Oh, people like us we've gotta stick together
    Keep your head up, nothing lasts forever
    Here's to the damned to the lost and forgotten
    It's hard to get high when you're living on the bottom
    **SHES SAYING THAT SOMETIMES, EVERYONE WANTS TO JUST THROW OUR HANDS IN THE AIR AND SURRENDER THE FIGHT, WEATHER IT BE KILLING THEMSELVES OR BECAUSE THEY ARE JUST TIRED OF DEALING, BUT THAT YOUR NOT ALONE AND TO NOT LET IT PHASE YOU, BECAUSE YOU (WEVE) GOT THIS! TO JUST STICK TOGETHER AND THAT ALL THE FIGHTING WILL BE OVER SOON. SHES ALSO SINGING TO THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THERE LIFE TO BEING BULLIED OR THOSE WHO ARE LOST AND FEEL ALONE. THAT YOU CANT WIN IF YOU QUIT.

    Oh woah oh oh woah oh
    We are all misfits living in a world on fire
    Oh woah oh oh woah oh
    Sing it for the people like us, the people like us

    Hey, this is not a funeral
    It's a revolution, after all your tears have turned to rage
    Just wait, everything will be okay
    Even when you're feeling like it's going down in flames
    **SHES SAYING THAT THIS IS NOT THE END, THAT WE ARE MAKING HISTORY AND THAT IF WE KEEP OUR HEADS UP AND NOT TUCK OUR TAILS BETWEN OUR LEGS, WE CAN WIN THIS! FOR THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE GAY COMMUNITY. THAT OUR TEARS AND PAIN WILL TURN INTO STRONGER DETERMINATION AND WILL FUEL OUR ENERGY TO MAKE IT KNOWN THAT WE ARE PEOPLE TO, THAT WE ARE NO DIFFERENT! TO JUST BE PATIENT. AND THAT DISPITE OUR EFFORTS, AND ALTHOUGH IT FEELS LIKE WE ARENT GETTING ANYWHERE, WE ARE!

    Oh, people like us we've gotta stick together
    Keep your head up nothing lasts forever
    Here's to the damned, to the lost and forgotten
    It's hard to get high when you're living on the bottom
    **SELF EXPLAINITORY, THAT WE HAV ETO STICK TOGETHER AND THAT NOTHING LAST FOREVER. EVENTUALLY, THEY WILL UNDERSTAND AND GIVE US WHAT WE WANT. TO BE EQUAL. THAT WE HAVE TO FIGHT FOR THOSE WHO FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, AN DIDNT MAKE IT. IN HONOR OF THEM.

    Oh woah oh oh woah oh
    We are all misfits living in a world on fire
    Oh woah oh oh woah oh
    Sing it for the people like us, the people like us
    **FIGHT FOR EVERYONE IN THE WORLD, JUST LIKE YOU. BECAUSE WE STAND AS ONE!

    Oh woah oh oh woah oh
    You've just gotta turn it up loud when the flames get higher
    Oh woah oh oh woah oh
    Sing it for the people like us, the people like us
    **THAT WHEN IT GETS TOUGH, OR HARD, TO GET ANGRY AND FIGHT BACK!

    They can't do nothing to you, they can't do nothing to me
    This is the life that we choose, this is the life that we bleed
    So throw your fists in the air, come out, come out if you dare
    Tonight we're gonna change forever
    ** SHES SCREAMING THAT THE GOVERNEMENT AND SOCIETY CANT PHASE US, THAT THEY WILL NEVER CHANGE US, AND THAT WE ARE GOING TO STAND PROUD BECAUSE WE ARE WHO WE ARE AND WONT BACK DOWN OR COWAR, BUT WILL THROW OUR FIST IN THE AIR AND ACCEPT THE FIGHT. THAT WE WONT HIDE BUT THAT WE ARE GOING TO LIVE IN THE WORLD, JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. WE ARE GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD, ONE FIGHT AT A TIME.

    Everybody loses it,
    Everybody wants to throw it all away sometimes

    Oh, people like us we've gotta stick together
    Keep your head up nothing lasts forever
    Here's to the damned, to the lost and forgotten
    It's hard to get high when you're living on the bottom

    Oh woah oh oh woah oh
    We are all misfits living in a world on fire
    Oh woah oh oh woah oh
    Sing it for the people like us, the people like us

    Oh woah oh oh woah oh
    You've just got to turn it up loud when the flames get higher
    Oh woah oh oh woah oh
    Sing it for the people like us, the people like us

    Oh woah oh oh woah oh
    We're all misfits living in a world on fire
    Oh woah oh oh woah oh
    Sing it for the people like us, the people like us

    Oh woah oh oh woah oh
    You've just got to turn it up loud when the flames get higher
    Oh woah oh oh woah oh
    Sing it for the people like us, the people like us
    hnhallon July 06, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song first came on the radio, when I first heard of that song that reminds me of losing my mom three years ago. When people trying to bring me down, knock me down for what I've been through over the years. They begin to criticize, ostracize, judge, and hurt me like a boy. From a boy since I was feeling the pain, to a man to make a stand and take a chance. "People Like Us" was my personal testimony. Kelly Clarkson speaking to me like; "Hey, I know you're going through, don't let it get the best of you, you'll make it out alive." We will sing like the people like us!
    shawnwion August 08, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI never thought it was about gays, but I can see how it could apply. At first I thought it was for people who are fighting substance abuse, but then I changed my mind and thought it was about domestic violence. (After I became a victim!) I think it apply s to many topics, that is how it is written, but I think her inspiration was from domestic abuse- for victims and abusers to stick together and change things because it is a choice. She says "this is the life that we choose" I dont think gays choose to be gay, well some, but also many who are born.
    princesslauraon May 07, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationMaybe it's about people who are disabled that were born that way ("we come into this world unknown"). They suffer their disabilities in silence so the rest of the world won't know that they're suffering. Kelly tells them that they have to stick together and rise above the hatred society spews at them. She's basically saying what we've been told as children that everyone is different in some way. If we were all the same like the narrow-minded people want, the world would be boring. ("We are all misfits living in a world on fire").
    seeingon August 06, 2014   Link

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