Avril Lavigne’s “Wish You Were Here” Video

    I recently saw Avril Lavigne’s video “Wish You Were Here.” I have to say, I was quite shocked when comparing her contemporary lyrics and music to those back in the days of “Sk8er Boi” and “Keep Holding On.”

    Lavigne is talented, but the music industry is continuously lowering its standards regarding language and messages. It seems there is no concern for the audience except to shock it and profit at the youth’s expense.

    Check out the video for “Wish You Were Here.” Warning: This song contains several curse words!

    It is sad that artists like Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, and Pitbull are popular on the charts. Record executives are not concerned with the messages songs are sending, and the consumers are tolerating it! The second we stop supporting these artists with negative messages is when things will change.

    With the new infiltration of positive Christian music on the rise and the lowering of secular sales, the music industry is bound to change. If sales go down because we as consumers don’t want to buy poor music, guess what? The music business will notice.

    I am not saying don’t support Lavigne, but pray for the industry and for the people who have the power to change music. In addition, if there ARE musicians or bands that offend you or that send a message you don’t appreciate, don’t support them.

    I believe that with faith, perseverance and a rising up in the next generation with the right mindset, we can impact our world and the people around us.

    Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1).

    PI girls, what do you think of the lyrics and the music video?

    Christi Given
    Christi Given
    Christi Given is a former Trinity Broadcasting Network host for the JUCE TV NETWORK, and has been featured on the Hillsong Channel. Her passion is to reach the youth with the Gospel and her music. Given has been writing for Project Inspired since 2011, and hopes to encourage the younger generation in their faith.


    1. She’s so pretty and they make her look like an ugly something or other. The only refreshing thing about this music video is that there was no sexual content, or some random dude touching her everywhere. The camera man could’ve done better too….

    2. I personally don’t mind the cussing so much in songs, but it’s all the songs about sex, drugs and alcohol, cars, clubs, “hoes”, and all that junk that makes me mad about a lot of popular music. The cussing, I can understand because sometimes you need a stronger word to get your point across. Now if you use words like that in excess than they lose their meaning and you just sound trashy, but in certain instances there’s not another word to accurately describe how you’re feeling. Obviously Avril really misses someone a whole whole lot and wanted to be sure and let us know it.
      Let’s take for instance the band Mumford and Sons, they are not neccessarily a “Christian band” but they are made up of Christian members and that translates through a lot of their music, but their biggest hit song throws the F-bomb in the chorus; I saw something where they were saying that there was really no other way to actually truly say what they meant other than that word. So as artists and writers, (and as I myself a sort of aspiring artist,) I think in order to be completely real with themselves and the public, they sometimes have to use STRONGER words.

      • “because sometimes you need a stronger word to get your point across”. No you actually don’t. When people swear that means that they have junk in their hearts.When we swear guess what,we’re gonna have to pay for that in when we stand infront of the Judge.There’re hundreds and thousands of words in the dictionary.Use a thesaurus to find other words to get your point across.People who swear also don’t know another way to describe their feelings.

    3. I LOVE that song! I don’t like more questionable lyrics, but cursing doesn’t bug me quite as much. I actually like the video a lot too!! Avril Lavigne has a lot of cursing in her more recent songs, but I still listen to them because the cursing honestly doesn’t concern me all that much. I really don’t learn anything new words! My dad has sorta covered them all already.

    4. Avril actually has some songs with good messages, most of them are older though 🙁 I don’t know why she can’t just make them all clean, it probably wouldn’t hurt much since so many people like her cleaner ones. Katy Perry also used to be a Christian singer, it’s sad whats happening in Hollywood.

    5. I think the word D*** originated from the Bible, it’s just not always used in the proper context. Even changing the words and phrases to things like “Darn it” and “freakin'” really doesn’t change the meaning. This is something I’ve been working on with myself because I did have a cussing problem develop my freshman year of college, then I noticed how gross it all sounded and what a disgusting person I sounded like. Not only do I not use them anymore, I try not to use the words in relation to them, I’ll use words like like “That’s VERY awesome” instead of “That’s freakin’ awesome”…

      Some people say they’re just words. Another part is just culture I guess. I was definitely influenced for too long on the cussing part.

      Avril Lavigne did use cuss words in her earlier music too. From her first album you’ll find them in: My World, Nobody’s Fool, and I’m With You.
      There are quite a few songs of hers that I love though. New and old. 🙂

      As for WISH YOU WERE HERE.. I actually think that chorus part is kind of cheesy. I love the song, it just sounds silly at that part.

    6. It also annoys me how people say “oh the cussing doesn’t bother me.” really? can you imagine Jesus cussing? NO! So how can it be good? The Bible said, “Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?” (James 3:11). Or what about this?: “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” (Mat. 12:36). Exactly.

    7. If you don’t like what’s in the music industry, then that’s what Christian music is for. It’s only going to get worse, because people like swearing and sex and other edgy stuff. In ten years, who knows? Graphic R-Rated material now might be just a walk in the park then. If you don’t like it, stay away, and switch to something you do like, like Christian music.

    8. I use to really look up to the old Avril Lavinge.Her newer music doesn’t seem to have positive messages and she now sounds like every other pop star.They have changed everything about her including her natural beauty.She went from Don’t tell me singing about not giving it up to the wrong guy to Girlfriend were she sang about stealing someone elses man.I really agree with this post and already have tried to boycut music I find harmfull to our youth.

    9. It’s a pretty sounding song that got killed by cursing. It’s music styles like these that have made me currently be addicted to Coldplay, because they have no swearing and all their songs are fun and relate-able and they sound really good. And ever since Nicki Minaj came up with a song called “Stupid Hoe” I’ve been questioning if singing about profanities, drugs, sex, etc. should even be legal or if it should be considered porn. Seriously, I mean, singing about getting high off of drugs should be illegal, right? And pimping–that’s a crime that can get someone into a LOT of trouble!

    10. I’m not really a fan of her anyway. She has a lovely voice, but her lyrics, in my opinion, aren’t original. I like artists that sing songs that actually have some meaning. I especially like Christian artists. They make me feel good, like I’ve had a nice, healthy snack or something. Some secular artists (especially pop artists) make me feel like I’ve just had some greasy jumbo fries – not good at all.

    11. She’s always had language in her songs. In “Girlfriend”, her big hit song that was all popular with tweens, she drops the F-bomb.
      And lyrically, “What the Hell” is worse than this song. In “What the Hell”, she’s all, “Meehhhhh, what the hell, screw you IMMA DO WHUT AH WANT”.
      And this song, she’s just saying, “Damn, I miss you.” So if you’re going to be offended by her…why’d you pick THIS song?

    12. I used to like Avril for a while a few years ago.
      She was actually a good singer.
      I liked some of her songs, until I heard this one. When she said the first S-word I stopped it because I KNEW that she would keep saying those words. I think it’s extremely annoying that she and a lot of the other Hollywood artists incorporate swearing like it’s just a regular word.

      I usually don’t listen to songs like this, but I do listen to Christian songs a lot of the time. It fills me up with hope.
      And really, how many of the songs with swearing or sexual or racial references or put downs do that?

    13. I think that it’s her choice to make her music like that. I am an Avril Lavigne fan and I don’t buy any of her cussing songs. She is an adult, though, and people have a choice to listen to it. If you don’t like it, don’t listen to it. “Wish You Were Here”, though it may be a cussing song, the music video does not contain any sexual content, of which I am thankful. I still will not buy this song, but I think it’s best not to judge her by her music. No one knows her personally except for her family and friends. Avril Lavigne is an artist that I can respect, because of her decision to refuse to resort to skin-baring tactics to gain fans and her decision to start “The Avril Lavigne Foundation,” which helps children with disabilities. Avril is just a normal girl who loves music. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it.

    14. I don’t see anything wrong with it except for the cuss words and her dress was a little skimpy. She’s just saying she misses somebody, I there something wrong with that? I admit, some of her songs from lately haven’t been the best. Such as “Smile”, and “The Best D*** Thing” etc. I miss the old Avril, that sang, “Complicated”, “Sk8er Boi”, and “I’m With You”. She has changed, but I don’t see anything wrong with this song. Its almost like a peak of the old Avril.

    15. WOW!! just listening to 56 seconds of this, it sounds sooo terrible!!! All the cussing and everything just where she is and how she is dressed… its just so bad!!!! Shes pretty… but when you treat yourself like that… not a good thing!!!

    16. Some of Avril’s songs are good.. Like Skater Boy, and I know Smile is kind of bad (since there is some swear words!) but it’s a pretty good song too, other then those parts. I still do wish she would do some christian music or something, though… She has a pretty voice.

    17. The video was very… well, emotional, and I think it shows her more vulnerable side. The cursing is unnecessary, but what can I say? It’s Avril Livigne. She’d curse in a gospel song if she wrote one. The song is okay, as far as the message goes. I think its a good representation of how it feels to grieve. I just hope girls still learn that, as hard as it is (especially for me), you can’t depend on people for your happiness (that comes from God) but its normal, natural, and okay to miss someone you love. Its actually kinda sweet (:

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