"The Beautiful Ones" as written by and Prince Rogers Nelson....
Baby, baby, baby
What's it gonna be
Baby, baby, baby
Is it him or is it me?
Don't make me waste my time
Don't make me lose my mind baby

Baby, baby, baby
Can't you stay with me tonight
Oh baby, baby, baby
Don't my kisses please you right
You were so hard to find
The beautiful ones, they hurt you every time

Paint a perfect picture
Bring to life a vision in one's mind
The beautiful ones
Always smash the picture
Always every time

If I told you baby
That I was in love with you
Oh baby, baby, baby
If we got married
Would that be cool?

You make me so confused
The beautiful ones
You always seem to lose

Baby, baby,
Baby, baby,
Baby, baby,
What's it gonna be baby?

Do you want him?
Or do you want me?
Cause I want you
Said I want you
Tell me, babe
Do you want me?
I gotta know, I gotta know
Do you want me?
Baby, baby, baby
Listen to me
I may not know where I'm going (babe)
I said I may not know what I need
One thing, one thing's for certain baby
I know what I want, yeah
And if it please you baby
Please you, baby
I'm begging down on my knees
I want you
Yes I do
Baby, baby, baby, baby
I want you

Yes I do

Lyrics submitted by purplerain

"The Beautiful Ones" as written by Prince Rogers Nelson

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  • +1
    General Commentif u havnt listened to this song b4,do! and listen to the bit at the end when prince asks do u want him?or do u want me? cus i want u?....very nice!
    purplerainon August 18, 2002   Link
  • +1
    right from where you left off 2 years ago:

    Said I want you
    tell me baby, do u want me
    I gotta know, I gotta know
    baby baby baby
    listen 2 me
    I may not know where Im goin baby
    Said I may not know where I'll be
    but one thing, One thing is for certain
    I know what I want, yeah
    and its to please yu baby, please yu baby
    Im beggin' down on my knee
    I want u
    Yeah I do
    baby baby baby I want you
    yes I do.

    I had to write that down to cause thats where all the passion is. Thats when the girls go nuts at the concert. I was amazed when I heard/saw this live.

    violectricaon December 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics are pretty self expanitory. He wants to be with her and she can't seem to make up her mind. It's like she feels like there is something more beyond her life with him, but he's sort of tired of waiting.

    It sort of applies to how the pretty people (the beautiful ones) tend to not settle right away because they play the field so long. It's hard to put in words but i'm sure you understand.
    sixedhearton November 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite Prince song that so many don't even think about. It's from Purple Rain and I will forever remember him laying on the stage singin'/belting the last part of the song. Thanks for adding those violectrica. What an incredible song!
    1alillon November 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think the whole thing's a metaphor myself. I've heard it's a Messianic song, and if it's true then it would explain a lot. The "him" is a metaphor for the material, physical world; the "me" is whatever god you may believe in. The "beautiful ones" are materialistic, vain, shallow, and so forth. The narrator believes this woman he's talking to is above those kinds of people and is too good for any of them. I don't know, maybe it is just a love song, but when taken into that context the ending's much too epic.
    By the way, this may seem like some right-wing conservative fundamentalist shooting off, but I'm not that way, though I'm far from a materialist either. I rest somewhere in between the two. Regardless of what it's about, it's my favorite Prince song, if just for that ending.
    finulanuon December 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh gosh. this song's so pretty :)
    plasticskieson February 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell said sixedheart
    TG127on October 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is really an underrated song and it's grown on me from when this album/move were released. The lines that resonate me with are:
    "the beautiful ones will hurt you every time"-especially with unrequited love
    "If I told you baby....that I was in love with you"-there's a sweetness in telling the object of your affection how you feel about them.

    Honestly, I think this is a fantastic song telling of love rising to the surface where the person has to tell the object of their affection how they feel about them.
    jc4166050on October 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe beautiful ones SONG ANALYSIS >>> houseofdiarrhea.com/
    houseofdiarrheaon June 17, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General Commentpedestrian
    Kiosk_GWon December 07, 2006   Link

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