"Beauty and the Mess" as written by and Luke Bulla Chris Thile....
Blue water, blue eyes color me
If any could come this close, I'd let them see
Get it out again, play 'em one more song
It's all they really want, and who's to say that's wrong

Ain't that what you want them to know?
All they get of you is what they get out of the show
The rest is mine, I guess the beauty and the mess
To hide

I pull myself under, and down I go again
It's just a little bit hard letting them in
Looking at the world through illusive eyes
I hide in the spotlight, its a great disguise

Ain't that what you want them to know?
All they, all they get of you is what they get out of the show
The rest is mine, I guess the beauty and the mess
To hide

Behind the melody, the words don't mean a thing
But every tone I play will give whatever I've not said away

Behind the melody, the words don't mean a thing
But every tone I play will give whatever I've not said away

Behind the melody, the words don't mean a thing
But every tone I play will give whatever I've not said away

Hey

Ain't that what you want them to know?
All they, all they get of you, is all they get of you is what they get out of the show
The rest is mine, I guess the beauty and the mess

Ain't that what you want them to know?
All they get of you is what they get out of the show
The rest is mine, I guess the beauty and the mess, the rest, the rest is mine,
I guess the beauty and the mess, the rest, the rest is mine I guess,
I guess the beauty and the mess
To hide


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"Beauty and the Mess" as written by Luke Bulla Chris Thile

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    General CommentI think what Nickel Creek is saying is that the audience does not know the band members as real people, the audience only knows Nickel Creek as band members. "All they get out of you is what they get out of the show." The "beauty and the mess" is both the good and the bad in the lives of the members of Nickel Creek. The audience doesn't know them personally so the audience cannot share their pain or joy. I think the phrases "blue water" and "pulling myself under" refers to an ocean. This ocean symbolizes the "oceans of people" in the world. Nickel Creek tries to hide their own personal lives as they hide back into the sea of people. Nickel Creek is fascinated because in the "spotlight" in front of an audience the band members can choose to be whoever they want. Nickel Creek also feels that their emotion comes through not only in their words but in their music which is also just as powerful.
    FromtheFiftieson February 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBehind the melody the words don't mean a thing.

    That line is really something. :D
    Gstring11on April 18, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI'm a huge Nickel Creek fan. To me this song is saying that life is just a play. You act out your life; we're all wearing masks. "All they get of you is what they get out of the show" I love this song.
    lauraleyeon May 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrical voice of this song seems to be that of a musician. Check out this section:

    "All they get of you is what they get out of the show/ The rest is mine, I guess the beauty and the mess"

    I think the musician's voice is saying that they can only give so much of themselves to the audience at "the show". Meanwhile, offstage, the musician himself (or herself) has to deal with the pain, the joy, and the poetry that's all part of the creative process. The musician dubs this creative process "the beauty and the mess".

    Those Nickel Creek kids are so talented- I love 'em.
    drucifer23on April 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this shows how willing people are to take what you give, and settle for the facade. "Hide in the spotlight": when people look up to you, they want to see a romanticized image. So they play what they are willing to give, and people take it. It's all they really know about them.
    shuttitanddanceon March 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSomeone romantically attached to a musician is a bit jealous perhaps, but also glad that they get more than just the musical talents, but the other strengths the person has as well (something the audience doesn't get).
    kevinon December 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNot only do the lyrics ROCK, just how they do this musically is SO FRICKING AWESOME!
    Rinse_It_Awayon January 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love how they take turns on the lines "Behind the melody, the words don't mean a thing / But every tune I play will give whatever I've not said away." It puts extra emphasis on it, which is, I think, what the basic gist of what the song is about.

    I agree with shutitanddance in the sense that people only see the romanticized image of whoever's on stage.

    But I also think that it's about the musician using that image as a shield so fans can never really get in, but they're kind of unsuccessful because they feel like their music gives them away just by its the melody.

    Hence:

    "I hide in the spotlight, it's a great disguise"

    "Behind the melody, the words don't mean a thing
    But every tune I play would give whatever I've not said away"
    LilyBearon February 10, 2006   Link

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