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Listen: Kesha Releases Japan-Only Bonus Track ‘Emotional’ About Dr. Luke

Fans didn’t know it at the time, but something was missing from the release of Kesha’s third studio album Rainbow last week: a track called “Emotional” that gets into specifics about her history of abuse with producer and alleged rapist Dr. Luke.

“Emotional” is making rounds online this week after the release of Rainbow in Japan, where the song was added as a bonus track to physical copies of the album. Within the lyrics are confessions of the “Praying” singer’s mental struggles and time spent in rehab.

“I didn’t mean to do this / Didn’t mean to sell out / Got everything I ever thought I wanted / Now I can’t get out,” Kesha sings on the track. Listen below. (We’ve provided two players in case the song is removed from one service or the other.)

https://soundcloud.com/xenia-769589240/kesha-emotional-hq-japanese-bonus-track

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The track sees Kesha analyzing and reflecting on failed attempts to find her spot in the industry and become her own artist despite heavy pressure from the people around her, like Dr. Luke. She even admits to “selling out.” Check out the lyrics below, and then try to make any sense as to why this gem wasn’t released in all countries. Could it be that Dr. Luke didn’t want it to spread?

[Intro]
God, I’m only human
Trying to face it all
But I don’t want to get emotional

 

[Verse 1]
It started in November
I started losing my mind
I ended up in rehab
I don’t want to cry
But people can be so mean
And I don’t understand why
And when they say I can’t sing
I just want to die

 

[Pre-Chorus]
Trying to keep my shit together
When will this get any better?
I’m trying so hard not to break down

 

[Chorus]
God, I’m only human
Trying to face it all
But I don’t want to get emotional
Walking on a tightrope
Trying not to fall
But I don’t want to get emotional

 

[Verse 2]
I didn’t mean to do this
Didn’t mean to sell out
Got everything I ever thought I wanted
Now I can’t get out
I saw the love of my life
Leave me for his new wife
Stab me right in the heart
With a fucking knife

 

[Pre-Chorus]
Trying to keep my shit together
When will this get any better?
I’m trying so hard not to break down

 

[Chorus]
God, I’m only human
Trying to face it all
But I don’t want to get emotional
Walking on a tightrope
Trying not to fall
But I don’t want to get emotional
Oh, oh, oh

 

[Bridge]
I’m driving back home through the canyon
There’s only so much that I can’t handle
Nobody knows it, nobody knows it
I’ve never shown it, I’ve never shown it
I’m supposed to be the girl that never does this
I’m supposed to be some party girl that stands for nothing
Nobody knows it, nobody knows it
I’m about to lose it, I’m about to lose it

 

[Chorus]
God, I’m only human
Trying to face it all
But I don’t want to get emotional
Walking on a tightrope
Trying not to fall
But I don’t want to get emotional

“The instrumental production is eerie, glitchy, and sad, this is seriously a masterpiece. It honestly could’ve been the lead single without the cussing,” said a fan who shared the track on popular music website GagaDaily.

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We’re trying not to get emotional, but “Emotional” is so good! Let us know if you agree in the comments below.

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