"Pretty Things" as written by Johan Brolin, Jonas Gudmundson, Joakim Karlsson, Petter Nilsson and Niclas Sjostedt....
Do you like pretty things?
Would you caress broken wings?
To truly smile, to face the day
Do you like pretty things?

And in time did you know
Pretty things always go?
A smile can never go away
It ought to be the face today

Castles melt in the sand
But you could still touch my hand
And have a dream, then go away
If you like pretty things

Can you mend broken wings?
Do you know of these things?
First at a glance you'd think you might
If you like pretty things

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"Pretty Things" as written by Jonas Gudmundson Johan Brolin

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    General CommentIsobel Campbell always has a way of making the corniest and over-used themes sound so poetic and pretty. I'm sure her cotton-candy voice only helps her in that area. ;-)

    This song might be about 'inner beauty'. I imagine a timid, and cute-yet-slightly bookish girl thinking about this as she looks at her schoolgirl crush from across the room. He is, of course oblivious. lol...

    She wonders, "Do you like pretty things?"

    Of course, we all do. But then she questions the listeners about the true value of beauty: as corny as it is, true beauty comes from within. A heartfelt and sincere SMILE can make almost ANYONE look beautiful. Superficial, cosmetic beauty, in contrast, rarely lasts a long time:

    "And time did you know - pretty things always go? A smile can never go away."

    "Castles melt in the sand" also alludes to ephemeral beauty that doesn't really last.

    I've personally known girls who I've had an inexplicable attraction to - their faces weren't those of models or conventionally "hot" girls. But now that I've gotten a few years older and can appreciate the human qualities of people a bit more, I realize that it truly WAS their inner beauty peeking out through their SMILES. They were okay with who they were. Comfortable with themselves, and it showed in the way they carried themselves. That is true beauty that lasts a lifetime.

    Maybe this is Ms. Campbell's commentary about what true beauty is. Maybe it's a message to her female fans out there who struggle with themselves. She believes that there is beauty inside all of you. ;-)
    Vicomte de Valmonton October 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhile I agree with the general idea of outer beauty fading with time, for me this song has a melancolic, and maybe slightly bitter quality. I picture the protagonist as a woman who is beautiful and a bit jaded, and offers her beauty to find warmth and love in hope that a partner will ease the sadness she feels inside (can you caress broken wings). She does realize that it will most likely be shallow and not last (castles melt in the sand), but is willing to try if only for the comfort it will provide her while it lasts (but you could still touch my hand/and have a dream, then go away).
    lullaby12on December 08, 2009   Link

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