From the very first day you were born
to the very last time you waved and honked your horn
I had no chance at all to watch you grow up
so sadly beautiful
up so sadly beautiful

Well baby needs a brand new pair of eyes
'cause the ones that you got now see only goodbyes
I had no chance at all, to let you know
you're so sadly beautiful
you're so sadly beautiful
you're so sadly, oh so sadly, beautiful

and you got your father's hair
and you got your father's nose
and you got my song

sadly beautiful
you're so sadly beautiful
you're so sadly, oh so sadly beautiful

From the very last time you waved and honked your horn
to the face that turned away pale and worn
I had no chance at all, to let you know
you left me sadly beautiful
you left me sadly beautiful
You left me sadly, oh so sadly, beautiful
beautiful
beautiful
oh beautiful...

beautiful.


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    General Commentwow, a beautiful song. I can't decide whether or not its about someones child dying or a seperation of parents.
    Could be something totally different, really emotional song.
    ScuTTerBoBon April 21, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt's about a lost loved one.
    LegsEFCon June 03, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti agree with it being about a lost loved one. The line "To the very last time you waved and honked you're horn" may imply that a loved one died in a car accident by waving to someone and being distracted.
    Tom_999on September 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentTom McRae didn't actually write this song, it's originally form The Replacements.
    I like Tom's version better though.

    Very beautiful song, makes me cry almost every time.
    Philosophyon February 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti also think it is about losing someone. the first and second verse tell a story from the point of view of an older person(mom or dad) who never got the chance to watch their child grow up. the pain is deep and the child is "sadly beautiful". the title of the song is - to me- an evidance that the person in the song is a mom or dad because to your parents you are always beautiful, no matter what and even though the child is grieving and most likely looks like a mess, it is "sadly beautiful".
    the last verse though changes the point of view in my opinion.

    "from the very last time you waved and honked your horn to the face that turned away pale and worn
    I had no chance at all to let you know
    you left me so sadly beautiful."

    it sounds as if the child is singing now.
    the face turned away pale, maybe it is a metaphor for death.
    "you left me so sadly beautiful" said by a child makes sense in my eyes because a child will always (/usually) say his or her mom /dad are beautiful and the fact that one of them had to leave makes them sad. sadly beautiful. none wants to leave a child behind when they havent even seen it grow up.

    maybe i am thinking in too many directions but that is what i think of when i hear the song.
    or maybe i just made this song fit my life.
    in the beginning ,for me, it is my dad saying this to my brother who is 8 years now and who was 7 years old when my dad passed away. i can also relate to it for me but "I had no chance at all to watch you grow up " really reminds me of my little brother more. the last part could be words coming out of my mouth. i relate to it a hurtful way too much. "i had no change at all to let you know" to let you know so many things. and if i think about the way my dad had to leave, i can only say he left sad but still beautiful.

    sadly beautiful.
    mary_joon August 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti can see why this song can be confusing lyric-wise. thats because paul westerberg of the replacements originally wrote it for marianne faithful. I think the song was originally meant to convey the sadness and angst of a mother who was absent during the important moments of her daughters life and ultimately estranged from her. Its a heart-breaking song, beautifully written, and I cant blame paul for wanting it for himself. although I wonder if he might have changed "father's hair" to "mother's hair" perhaps i could recommend "fearless" by matthew good, or "tomorrow wendy" by concrete blonde, followed by "wish you were here" for dessert..........
    kingstephenon April 21, 2012   Link

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