Pink (song)

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Aerosmith Pink.jpg
Single by Aerosmith
from the album Nine Lives
Released November 18, 1997
Format Cassette, CD
Recorded 1996
Length 3:55
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Steven Tyler, Richie Supa, Glen Ballard
Producer(s) Kevin Shirley
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Hole in My Soul"
"Taste of India"
"Hole in My Soul"
"Taste of India"

"What Kind of Love Are You On"
(1998) What Kind of Love Are You On1998

"Pink" (re-release)
(1999) String Module Error: Match not found1999

"Angel's Eye"
(2000) Angel's Eye2000
Music video
"Pink" on YouTube

"Pink" is a song by American rock band Aerosmith. It was written by Steven Tyler and professional songwriters Richie Supa and Glen Ballard. It was released as the third major single from Nine Lives in 1997.

Chart positions[edit]

The song reached No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 38 in the United Kingdom, and No. 19 in Latvia. It also topped the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for four weeks.

The band re-released the song in the United Kingdom in 1999. The re-released version did much better, reaching No. 13.

Song structure[edit]

The song is highlighted by a harmonica performance by Steven Tyler at the beginning, as well as a strong bass rhythm throughout the song, and a mix of acoustic guitars and jangling electric guitars throughout the verses.

Many of the lines in the verses start with the word "pink" (e.g. "Pink it's my new obsession ", "Pink it's not even a question", "Pink on the lips of your lover"). The song is also highly suggestive, in that the origin of the fascination with pink stems from the admiration of a woman's reproductive organs, particularly the inner side of the outer lips – the "pink in the middle" – and also the man's penis – "I wanna wrap you in rubber" and "my favorite crayon".

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song used CGI to morph characters' faces to other bodies. A variety of random characters mixed in with band members moving towards the camera, morphing into different characters in the process (e.g., Joe Perry as a centaur, Brad Whitford as a little boy, Steven Tyler as a skeleton, and a boy dressed as the Easter Bunny). It was directed by Doug Nichol.[1]

Other versions[edit]

Two versions of the music video exist. There are noticeable differences in each version. In the uncensored version, for example, there is a woman dressed in a blue jumpsuit walking towards the camera. For a brief second, the top, unzipped portion of the jumpsuit is pulled away, revealing her right breast. There is another instance where a woman's breasts are briefly fully revealed when a woman, painted blue and green, does a pirouette.

The uncensored version caused minor controversy and MTV asked Nichol to censor the video for daytime airings. As a result, the edited version censored the pirouette scene. The clean version also shows Tyler and Perry presented as a two-headed man and only the coverup portion of the breast reveal scene (above) is present.

Track listing[edit]

Pink 487229[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Pink" (Album Version) 3:55
2. "Pink" (South beach mix) 3:54
3. "Pink" (Live)  

Pink 753454[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Pink" (Album Version) 3:55
2. "What Kind of Love Are You On" (Album Version) 3:16
3. "What Kind of Love Are You On" (Multimedia video)  

Pink 753423[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Pink" (Album Version) 3:55
2. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Live at Cape Canaveral - 29.06.1998) 5:32
3. "Hole in My Soul" (Live) 5:35

Cover art[edit]

The 1997 release cover art had the Aerosmith logo drawn as if it were by a child, in a pink background. In the 1999 re-release, the cover art features the Aerosmith logo and eight stills from the music video.

Live in concert[edit]

The song is a fan favorite and a live gem, and remains one of the only songs from Nine Lives consistently played on Aerosmith tours to this day, along with "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)".

Covers and other versions[edit]

A different version of the song, The South Beach Re-Mix, was included on the career-spanning compilation O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits.

Japanese edition of the "Pink" single from 'Nine Lives' features six tracks: three mixes of "Pink" (Album Version, The South Beach Mix & Live from the Howard Stern Radio Show), plus live versions of "Falling In Love (Is Hard On The Knees)" & "Walk This Way" recorded in March 1997. As well, there is a techno remix of "Falling in Love (Is Hard On The Knees)" titled Moby Fucked Remix.

It is a bonus playable song in the video game Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, and the only track of Nine Lives present in the game. In the Wii and PlayStation 2 versions of this game, the word "high" (in "Pink gets me high as a kite") is removed.


The song won the band their fourth and most recent Grammy award in 1999 for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Additionally, the video won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video in 1998.[2]


  1. ^ "Doug Nichol - Videography". Partizan. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  2. ^ "Madonna, Prodigy, Will Smith, Aerosmith Win Big At Video Music Awards" MTV news, September 10, 1998.
Preceded by
"Listen" by Collective Soul
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
September 6, 1997 – September 27, 1997
Succeeded by
"Touch, Peel and Stand" by Days of the New

External music video[edit]