Damsel in distress is quite submissive
Look how somber my vanity is
A feminine human creature
Superficial, seducing detour
I'm going to the mall for the cookie cutter
The ugly duckling will always suffer
Contaminated standards, I try to fight it
I better get back on my diet

Obsessed with the beauty contest
Beauty contest
How'd my vanity get such a mess?
Beauty contest
I'm obsessed

Reduce myself, I got the strict restrictions
Not sexy enough without the regulations
A melting point countdown the fading features
Born to blossom and bloom to perish

Obsessed with the beauty contest
Beauty contest
Oh, I've got to get out of this mess
Beauty contest
I'm obsessed

And I've fallen, I can't help myself
I'm feeling envious of all the rest
You're bringing out the lemming in me
A victim of the cattle call disease
Not easy to be me

I feel so lame

Obsessed with the beauty contest
Beauty contest
How'd my vanity get such a mess?
Obsessed with the beauty contest

Obsessed with the beauty contest
Beauty contest
I've got to get out of this mess
Obsessed with the beauty contest

Obsessed with the beauty contest
Beauty contest
How'd my vanity get such a mess?
Caught up in the beauty contest
Caught up in the beauty contest
Caught up in the beauty contest
Caught up in the beauty contest
Caught up in the beauty contest

And I feel so lame

How'd my vanity get such a mess?

[Child] My vanity's a mess


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  • +1
    General Commentno doubt rocks.. girls shouldnt have to always be in a "beauty contest"
    whattheprincesson August 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commentit's "i feel swollen" not "i feel so lame".

    this is a beautiful song...i cry everytime i hear it, because i really really relate to gwen in this way.
    one day i'm going to get "born to blossom, bloom to perish" tattooed on me :]
    crayonbagelon July 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim glad to be the first to comment on these lyrics. no doubt rocks...and they always know how to write lyrics you can relate to. ~ThAnKz gWeN~
    laurajane07on July 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis one's a b-side off return of saturn... it reminds me a lot of 'magic's in the makeup' because to me it has the same theme...
    starkisson August 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is really powerful, it really shows how girls are obsessed with their image, and making themselves look perfect, and it's really unhealthy. I know I have had problems like this, being a girl. But I agree with all three of you...it reminds me of magic in the makeup, and the lyrics are good to relate to, and girls SHOULDN'T have to always be in a "beauty contest" but thats how society made it.
    I love No Doubt, they are my absolute fave band and Gwen is my idol, I'm so glad I discovered this song!
    stargazer00on September 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is super kick ass. so many girls have this problem. "my vanity is such a mess...obesessed w/ the beauty contest" half of my life I spent wanting to be the "pretty girls" that seem to be PERFECT. And now...I make fun of them. Yeah..I like to look nice, but to care SOOO much...it's kinda pathetic, they make me laugh...always gotta win the "BEAUTY CONTEST"...shouldn't be like that...Being me is good enough. Yeah..I wear make-up, I dress nice..(when i feel like it) lol...but you know what i'm saying! thanx gwen for understanding. you rock!
    someGirl3on October 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentshe used the line born to blossom bloom to perish in her new solo single too
    verucasalt213on October 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe little girl at the end of the song is Gwen's neice, Madeleine
    queenofnoise14on August 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI didn't know this was off of return to saturn! makes sense though. One of my favorite no doubt album, I also loved magics in the makeup! best song on there. This song is cool though becaseu it stresses how Most women/girl are so obssed with how society see's them! How she say...going to the mall for the cookie cutter, the ugly duckling will always suffer. Wow Isn't this true, Cookie cutter chicks at the mall, ugly(by society standards) always being gawked at and talked about..I hate the mall...lol!!
    osodeliciouson March 20, 2008   Link

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