At last, the third of Kelly Clarkson‘s three new songs from her forthcoming Greatest Hits–Chapter One, out November 19th, has leaked. First came the gripping “Catch My Breath,” then “No Rush,” a slow burning duet with country OG Vince Gill; and today “People Like Us,” a throbbing outsiders anthem, makes three. Clarkson’s catalog is not short this sort of inspiro-pop songs — “Stronger,” “Breakaway,” and we thought “Catch My Breath” was pretty inspiring, for three — but “People Like Us” finds Clarkson cuing her inner Lady Gaga and belting “Born This Way” levels of encouragement.
The two songs compare sonically, in that they are both similarly throbbing and danceable. Thematically, though, they are almost identical. Let’s break it down:
Spoken Word Introduction
“Born This Way”: “It doesn’t matter if you love him or capital H-I-M / Just put your paws up / ‘Cause you were born this way, baby.”
“People Like Us”: “We come into this world unknown, but know we are not alone … the change is coming, and it’s our time now”
“Born This Way”: “Don’t hid yourself in regret, just love yourself and you’re set”
“People Like Us”: “We’re all misfits living in a world of fire,” and “it’s hard to get high when you’re living on the bottom”
Who The Song Applies To
“Born This Way”: Subway kids, the broke and the evergreen, people who are black, people who are whites, people who are beige, people who are of chola descent, the Lebanese, people “are orient,” gays, straights, bis, lesbians, transgendered
“People Like Us”: The lost, the damned, the forgotten, the people like us
Warm Words Of Comfort
“Born This Way”: “Whether life’s disabilities left you outcast, bullied or teased / Rejoice and love yourself today, ’cause baby, you were born this way”
“People Like Us”: “People like us, we’ve got to stick together / keep your head up, nothing lasts forever “
“Born This Way”: “Don’t be a drag, just be a queen”
“People Like Us”: “You just got to turn it up loud when the flames get higher / Sing it for the people like us”
See what we mean? But to be sure, Clarkson is an old expert at spinning hope from hard times and this the perfect final entry to Clarkson’s Chapter One.