Pharrell’s ‘Marilyn Monroe’ Is So Not What You Think It’s About

'Women were my muse,' P says about the quirky ladies who inspired him to record G I R L.

Don’t get Pharrell Williams wrong when he says he made his new album, G I R L , with his eyes closed. Yes, cooking up ear worm beats and singing instant classic hooks is second nature to him, but he had a much higher standard for his just-released second solo album.

“When I close my eyes, do I still love it?” he said in an interview exclusive posted on Askmen.com. The in-demand producer who has ruled the charts with snappy first single “Happy,” said his aim this time was to make an album that is “unapologetically quirky and honest.”

But, he also wanted to dedicate it to the fans who have been so gracious to him throughout his two-decade career. “And that’s was the women … women were my muse.” The collection kicks off with just such a female-inspired anthem, “Marilyn Monroe.”

Opening with a lush string intro, the tune has a signature skittering Skateboard P beat and bumping bass line under lyrics about helpless romantics and the perfect lady. “Not even Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn Monroe)/Who Cleopatra (‘Patra Please)/Not even Joan of Arc (Joan of Arc)/That don’t mean nothing to me/I just want a different girl,” he sings on the robot disco chorus.

How dope is his ideal girl? He doesn’t even need adjectives to describe her. Pharrell said he intended the song to be the exact opposite of what you’d expect when you hear the title’s allusion to the ultimate vision of beauty for an older generation of pin-up-loving horndogs.

“[I] sort of [wanted to] reverse the connotation behind these statuesque standards of what beauty has to be,” he said. “That which makes you different is actually the thing that makes you special.”

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