"Plasticine" as written by William Lloyd, Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal and Steven Hewitt....
Beauty lies inside the eye of another youthful dream
That doesn't sell it's soul for self-esteem
That's not plasticine

Beauty lies inside desire and every wayward heart redeemed
That doesn't sell it's soul for self-esteem
That's not plasticine

Don't forget to be the way you are [Repeat: x4]

The only thing you can rely on is that you can't rely on anything
Don't go and sell your soul for self-esteem
Don't be plasticine

Don't forget to be the way you are [Repeat: x4]
And don't forget to be the way you are [Repeat: x4]
The way you are

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"Plasticine" as written by Brian Molko William Lloyd

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  • +2
    General CommentPeople take the saying "be yourself" way too seriously! As humans each and every one of us is unique and complex beyond simplistic comprehension. For example, I have many facets to my personality. I have a hardcore, moshing metal head, talkative, weird and crazy side to me. Then I also have a pro peace and human rights, quiet, poetic, Coldplay/ CrashCarBurn/ Placebo loving side to me. There's so much more to me and I consider it all apart of me and what makes me who I am. So to say that if we were all ourselves we wouldnt have any friends, sounds kinda ludicrous to me. Why wouldnt we have friends? Yeah, sure some people pretend around their friends, but thats not everyone. There's a difference between being yourself and being a different version of yourself. And true friends love you for who you are and not who you pretend to be.

    As I see it, this song is about not moulding yourself according to other peoples expectations of you. Dont succumb to social norms and peer pressure. Being what society deems to be acceptable or beautiful might boost yourself esteem, but it fades with youth and then you are left with nothing, but yourself. So its better to love who you are and not rely on others to make you feel worthy.

    Great song by a great band! :)
    AgrippinaPoisonon August 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMmm I like this

    That said, the lounge version to this song is better suited, if you ask me
    Sirius1on April 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment Plasticine is like a clay that can be molded into any shape and size. Kind of how some people change everything about themselves just so other people approve of them. Selling your soul for self-esteem. Typical problem found in teens. I know the pressure of wanting to fit in so this song speaks to me.
    Disgaeaon February 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is saying how people are attracted superficial people, who only care about looks, when its whats inside that counts. People are so obsessed with being someone that they're not that they change like plasticine from situation to situation.

    Always be yourself
    duffon April 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with duff here.

    "Beauty lies inside the eye of another youthful dream
    that doesnt sell its soul for self-esteem"

    This has pretty much got to mean , what people think is beautiful is just young niave dreams .. the real "beautiful" people are the ones who can just be themselves no matter what.
    BrokeAnotherMirroron May 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song - as everyone else has said it's about true beauty residing in someone who has the courage to actually be themselves.
    Trashazonon January 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits like he's saying "take my advice, i know what its like"
    preciouson January 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits saying basicaly be yourself and dont let other people "mould" you into something other than what you want
    chazingtonon October 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentof course, they didn't make this song because it's obvious that you should "be yourself" since that is such the favourite of cliches. we've been told over and over again to be ourselves, yet a whole amount of kids aren't following it... i don't blame them though--- if you think about it, it's extremely difficult trying not to rely on role models when you're still young enough to have your personality moulded by others every single minute anyway.
    backwashmyhairon March 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAgreed. These songs kind of annoying me meaning-wise, because no matter what is said, no one is going to be completely themselves around people. If I was completly myself I'd have no friends. I put foward most of my personality but the things that are too 'extreme' you have to hide. Although on the other hand when people are just being a certain way to gain acceptance, and they're being exactly like other people ofa certain group that's pathetic. But kids can't help it really.
    Street Spiriton July 04, 2006   Link

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