“Pinky Swear” by The Used
“Pinky Swear” can be taken as the vocalist addressing a romantic interest. The type of character Bert McCracken seemingly portrays throughout the “Toxic Positivity” album is one who is woefully depressed.
But this time around, instead of coming off as if he doesn’t need anyone, the singer expresses a strong willingness to let the addressee into his life. Or put otherwise, he believes that this person can help “save” him – a task that the vocalist understands he cannot achieve on his own.
So as far as the title is concerned, he’s basically begging this individual to pledge him or herself to this cause, promising that they will not go away. And on that note, it should be pointed out that it’s never specified who this person is or exactly what type of relationship they have with the vocalist.
“Save me, I need to know what it feels like
Before I fade away
Change me into whatever you feel like
I feel it fading away
Don’t you fear, I’ll be there
I’m not going anywhere
Save me, save me (Save me), save me (Save me)
Save me, I need to know what it feels like
Before I fade away
Change me into whatever you feel like”
Release of “Pinky Swear”
“Pinky Swear” is a track that The Used released, on May 19 of 2023, from their ninth studio album named “Toxic Positivity”. To note, this project and the song share the same release date.
A Comment from a Contributor
“My boyfriend and I have been together for 4 years now and I can’t wait to take the relationship to the next level. I am longing for some more connection and commitment but it seems like I’m not getting full support from him. I wouldn’t say The Used’s ‘Pinky Swear’ is my favorite song on their ‘Toxic Positivity’ album; however, it speaks volumes for me.
The line, ‘tie your hand to mine so you can’t go away‘ and ‘save me, I need to know what it feels like Before I fade away’, seem like messages from me to my boyfriend. They are basically me telling him to make certain moves before I lose myself. ‘Pinky Swear’ encapsulates my desire to feel alive and be understood. A plea from me to him to save me from fading away.”