“People Like Us” – Demo & Songwriting Credits For New Kelly Clarkson Song Revealed! (UPDATE: CONFIRMED)

“People Like Us” is 1 of 3 new songs to be featured on Kelly Clarkson’s upcoming Greatest Hits: Chapter 1 album (Check out the tracklisting here.). The song appears to be IS cowritten by pop/rock singer/songwriter Meghan Kabir (who cowrote “Fighters” with Kris Allen), country and rock writer Blair Daly (who has recently been writing with David Cook and James Durbin and who cowrote Lauren Alaina’s “Georgia Peaches”) and Sixx: A.M.’s James Michael (who will be producing James Durbin’s next album). What do you get with that mishmash of home genres for the songwriters? An uplifting, catchy, and dancy pop/rock anthem a la Kelly’s #1 Hot 100 smash “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger).”

Just so you know we’re not randomly throwing a demo with the right title out at you, publishing company Combustion Music confirmed earlier this week that they have a new Kelly cut, and Blair Daly is a Combustion Music writer.

Check out Meghan Kabir (a.k.a. Shahnaz) demoing the song here:

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Check out Meghan Kabir’s acoustic performance of the song here:

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Here are the lyrics to the song (which are subject to change depending on whether Kelly requested or made any changes herself):

[Spoken] We come into to this world alone
We leave this world alone
And in between
People like us
Have gotta stick together

Hey
Everybody loses it
Everybody wants to throw it all away sometimes
Hey
I know what you’re going through
Don’t let it get the best of you
You’ll make it out alive

[Chorus]Oh
People like us
We gotta stick together
Paint the world black
Gonna live forever
Here’s to the damned, to the lost and forgotten
It’s hard to get high when you’re living on the bottom

O-o-o-oh O-o-o-oh
We are all misfits living in a world on fire
O-o-o-oh O-o-o-oh
Sing it for the people like us (for the people like us)

Hey
This is not a funeral
It’s a revolution after all your tears have turned to rage
Just wait
Everything will be OK
Even when you’re feeling like it’s going down in flames

Oh
People like us
We gotta stick together
Paint the world black
Gonna live forever
Here’s to the damned, to the lost and forgotten
It’s hard to get high when you’re living on the bottom

O-o-o-oh O-o-o-oh
We are all misfits living in a world on fire
O-o-o-oh O-o-o-oh
Sing it for the people like us (for the people like us)

O-o-o-oh O-o-o-oh
You just gotta turn it up loud when the flames get higher (flames get higher)
O-o-o-oh O-o-o-oh
Sing it for the people like us (for the people like us)

[monotone] They can’t do nothing to you
They can’t do nothing to me
This is the life that we choose
This is the life that we lead
So throw your fists in the air
Come out, come out if you dare
Tonight we’re gonna dance forever

Everybody loses it
Everybody wants to throw it all away sometimes

Oh
People like us
We gotta stick together
Paint the world black
Gonna live forever
Here’s to the damned, to the lost and forgotten
It’s hard to get high when you’re living on the bottom

O-o-o-oh O-o-o-oh
We are all misfits living in a world on fire
O-o-o-oh O-o-o-oh
Sing it for the people like us (for the people like us)

O-o-o-oh O-o-o-oh
You just gotta turn it up loud when the flames get higher (flames get higher)
O-o-o-oh O-o-o-oh
Sing it for the people like us (for the people like us)

O-o-o-oh O-o-o-oh
We are all misfits living in a world on fire
O-o-o-oh O-o-o-oh
Sing it for the people like us (for the people like us)

O-o-o-oh O-o-o-oh
You just gotta turn it up loud when the flames get higher (flames get higher)
O-o-o-oh O-o-o-oh
Sing it for the people like us (for the people like us)

Sure sounds like something Kelly could sing, doesn’t it? Do you think “People Like Us” could be another pop hit for Kelly?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DY5236XYY2SBL7EJNTK5ROIGMA Madred

    At least Kelly is getting better with the demos that make it out before the release of her album. I think 75% of Stronger was out 6 months before it was even released. 

  • http://twitter.com/carly_greene Carly Greene

    ^Well she couldn’t help that someone hacked into her computer and leaked those songs. Anyway, I like it and I can’t wait to hear the final product.

  • Incipit

    Well she couldn’t help that someone hacked into her computer and leaked those songs, 

    Wait a minute…seems like deja vue all over again – isn’t this an ongoing problem for Kelly, someone ‘hacking into her computer’?? Back in 2010, mj posted about the German police going after some hackers, after at least a dozen of her songs were leaked online over a period of a few months.

    So she still hasn’t closed that window of vulnerability to hackers? Geebus. People told her at the time, at least, get a Mac…if her security leaks like a sieve, she sure can help it. IMO.

  • remulack

     Nobody hacked Kelly to get this song. This is the songwriters demo of the song. It’s not Kelly singing. The songs sounds great. I’m looking forward to hearing Kelly sing it.

  • Incipit

    …Blair Daly (who has recently been writing with David Cook… 

    Really? Thanks for the heads up on that possibility – this person is not on the unofficial short list of co-writers – David has never yet mentioned them, ftr.  I’ll have to check that out. 

  • windmills

    For the record, this demo is NOT coming from a hack. 

    Meghan Kabir posted her demo of the song on Soundcloud earlier this year  before yanking it down (not before fans made copies). She had also performed the song acoustically and put that video on her official youtube channel (which she also took down but not before people recorded that too). The audio posted originated from recordings she herself posted online. 

    This is more along the lines of the leak of the original demo of What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger), which was posted on a publishing website. It’s not like this audio has any Kelly vocals on it. The hack of Kelly’s computer resulted in the leaks of demos with Kelly’s voice on them. 

  • heartly

    Difference is, this isn’t a hack or leak, this is a demo posted by the songwriters, at least I think that’s where they originated.  Not an uncommon thing to happen at all.

    btw, she is a very big Mac person.  The hacking that went on with the German guy was done by getting access through infected emails with her inner circle of people.  The same guy hit numerous other high profile music people, not just Kelly.

    As for the song, it’s SO Kelly.  The “oooh” parts could be huge and very catchy.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I can totally hear Kelly singing this song and it could very well be another hit for her. Catchy tune!

  • http://twitter.com/J_SanchezFans J SanchezFan Kaylo™

    This song is really good. Even better than ‘Stronger’ or her current single. WOW.

  • standtotheright

    As for the song, it’s SO Kelly. The “oooh” parts could be huge and very catchy.

    Yeah, this could be a lighter-waver for her. And I like that it’s Clarkson-the-fighter, but this time, she is a fighter-with-an-army. Curious to hear the final studio version.

  • Incipit

    Blair Daly is on the list. I remember discussing him with Cook fans here. His name came up because Cook had tweeted about him. Something about 2 lefties writing together IIRC.

    windmills, you are absolutely right. Thanks! His name wasn’t added to the list I have, but the tweet you are talking about is in the timeline – on August 29th.  Finishing up a song with @BlairDaly. Two lefties writing! In medieval times, that would constitute witchery.

    Not my day for coherence. Heh. Also Good to Know Kelly was not hacked again.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    I don’t really like it. Kelly has had much better songs.

  • 1rollbounce2

    I skimmed through the lyrics and listened to a couple seconds…maybe 40.  Isn’t this Raise your glass, only not as clever?

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    I really like this song! Good lyrics and melody. Can’t wait to hear Kelly’s interpretation.

    And I don’t think it’s anything like Pink’s “Raise Your Glass”.

  • http://twitter.com/lufflyness Jenna

    This is amazing, her GH singles are all exactly what I wanted them to be and more <3 I can't wait to hear this track with Kelly's voice and tweaks.

  • http://twitter.com/lufflyness Jenna

    It’s a lot like Raise Your Glass with the underdog/misfits anthem theme…. But they sound nothing alike.

  • Eileen99

    I love the song; Kelly will really kill the vocals on this & I can hear it becoming another of her anthems.

    I’m not clear on the writers; is Kelly a co-writer on this, or only the writers mentioned above?

  • heartly

     Nope, she’s not a writer on this song… at least not as of now.  She may have changed some of the lyrics from the demo and be given a cowrite credit, but it’s very rare that she goes after that credit unless she does a good chunk of the writing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beaugard.stevens Beaugard Stevens

    This is about 100 times better than the new single.  This is definitely going to be a big hit for her- (if she releases it- sometimes she doesn’t release her best stuff as singles)

  • http://www.facebook.com/beaugard.stevens Beaugard Stevens

    So true- she seems like a decent person who would not do that-  we all know the big stars who constantly do that (Madonna, Beyonce)- thank God Kelly is above that sort of pettiness.

  • jobeob987

    I actually like this.  It’s quite catchy.  I find that I don’t mind this Meghan person singing it either.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DUJIW75GQ4YTYQLJUCFPMZHYF4 Michael W

    Here is Kelly’s People Like Us 30 second sample that just leaked.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7btei_26kg&feature=youtu.be