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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?

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  1. bbgirl2000

    Posted by bbgirl2000 on June 1, 2014 at 13:21

    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 (:

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by marinapaige13 on May 28, 2013 at 18:31

    So what if she curses? It’s her music and her way of expressing herself. I love God but I will admit I curse. Not around the people I shouldn’t but I’m not afraid to.

  3. abbie478

    Posted by abbie478 on February 21, 2013 at 22:07

    I actually really like that song. But she does curse a lot. I thought she always sort of did tho……………..

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by CandyBowlz on December 20, 2012 at 02:17

    I don’t get why people put bad words in songs. It pains me to hear people say it loud.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by beautyinside12 on May 1, 2012 at 14:21

    I actually love this song. I don’t think there is anything wrong with it expect the bad words. But can you expect she doesn’t know better.

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Paypay13 on March 17, 2012 at 12:18

    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.

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by 101magster on February 12, 2012 at 18:33

    i mostly listen to veggie tales and taylor swift. are there any good christian bands or singers out there other than taylor swift and larry the cucumber?

  8. onfire4god

    Posted by onfire4god on February 6, 2012 at 18:54

    The thing that makes me sad is that Katy Perry used to be a Christian singer. What has the world done to the amazing, uplifting lyrics of popular singers?

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by laxgirl3 on February 4, 2012 at 10:35

    Grrrrrrrr!!! it makes me so mad that people like her are famous for cussing in their songs!!!!!! its just sooooo bad!!!!!!!!!! Grrrrr!!!!

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by laxgirl3 on February 4, 2012 at 10:30

    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!!!

  11. Splendisa

    Posted by Splendisa on February 2, 2012 at 10:30

    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.

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by Maddie on January 31, 2012 at 20:22

    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.

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by Ginger_who_loves_Jesus on January 31, 2012 at 16:05

    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?

  14. SlinkyKitty88

    Posted by SlinkyKitty88 on January 31, 2012 at 15:56

    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?

  15. trumpetchick

    Posted by trumpetchick on January 31, 2012 at 07:11

    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.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by ThinkPink on February 3, 2012 at 21:38

      I think that’s a good analogy. 🙂 I agree with you, listening to Christian songs really feels healthier

  16. pinkpenguin318

    Posted by pinkpenguin318 on January 30, 2012 at 21:35

    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!

  17. Project Inspired

    Posted by Beautiful Bride on January 30, 2012 at 21:27

    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.

  18. Project Inspired

    Posted by AllieKatFender on January 30, 2012 at 19:50

    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.

  19. Project Inspired

    Posted by ilovegodgirl on January 30, 2012 at 17:48

    this song is just one of the many reasons we have sex slave,
    look at what she wear, the way she moves, and were she is(on the floor) she is just lusting for love, if that what she calls love

  20. Project Inspired

    Posted by Paypay13 on January 30, 2012 at 17:33

    She’s a good singer, I just wish she would put her talents for a better use

  21. Paris

    Posted by Paris on January 30, 2012 at 17:32

    I wish some of these artists will realize this:AN ABUNDANCE OF Cursing DOES NOT = GOOD MUSIC!

  22. Project Inspired

    Posted by on January 30, 2012 at 17:20

    Obviously, cussing isn’t good, but I think degrading messages are much worse.

  23. Project Inspired

    Posted by Gillzbabygirl on January 30, 2012 at 17:13

    She recently went through a divorce. and why would you even compare her to those artists! she is nothing like them!

  24. Project Inspired

    Posted by Ann Marie on January 30, 2012 at 15:55

    I don’t like those lyrics they are horrible. Saying the D word three times in a row. What is up?

  25. Project Inspired

    Posted by UntoldPromises on January 30, 2012 at 14:31

    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.

  26. Project Inspired

    Posted by UntoldPromises on January 30, 2012 at 14:26

    Eh… she still swears. I don’t really care for secular songs. I like Christian better.

  27. Project Inspired

    Posted by Frankie Ann on January 30, 2012 at 14:01

    I used to look up to Avril Lavigne when I was around the age of 10-14. I really enjoyed her music, and I still do, but the language offends me :/

  28. Project Inspired

    Posted by KristenLovesJesus on January 30, 2012 at 13:43

    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.

  29. Project Inspired

    Posted by Elizabeth on January 30, 2012 at 13:27

    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.

    • missy_gurl

      Posted by missy_gurl on February 1, 2012 at 07:00

      She did did makethe song clean during the Thanksgiving parade she said sh and then covered her mouth in the beginning and in the course (sp? ) she says yeah yeah yeah

  30. Project Inspired

    Posted by Hannah Phillips on January 30, 2012 at 13:04

    this is awful that it is basically all cuss words in the chorus.

  31. Project Inspired

    Posted by Amari on January 30, 2012 at 12:59

    I like it. I’ve always liked Avril.

  32. GoatyGirl

    Posted by GoatyGirl on January 30, 2012 at 12:14

    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.

  33. Project Inspired

    Posted by SakuraSohma on January 30, 2012 at 12:13

    I like her song. It’s a normal Avril song.

  34. Project Inspired

    Posted by smurph on January 30, 2012 at 12:01

    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.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by BeStillAndBreath98 on September 7, 2012 at 10:15

      “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.

    • KatieRebekah

      Posted by KatieRebekah on February 9, 2012 at 08:31

      I agree with this a lot. Also, i agree with your point that when you go f-this and f-that, it makes you look trashy.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by GodsGirlAlways on January 31, 2012 at 12:40

      I agree. When I listen to the radio, it seems like all the songs are about clubs, girls, and sex. It sucks 🙁

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by RachelMarie on January 30, 2012 at 14:50

      I understand what you mean about the need for stronger words, but most of the time, that’s not the case. like her repeated use of the D-word in the chorus was completely unnecessary.

  35. Project Inspired

    Posted by AbbyLovesToDance on January 30, 2012 at 11:48

    They do make clean versions though. Thats usualy what I listen to. So instead of saying D*** they say Dang, or instead of F*** its frick.

  36. Project Inspired

    Posted by Tigger96 on January 30, 2012 at 11:48

    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….