"Life Is Beautiful" as written by and Ryan Adams....
You plant a rose
And if the rose comes up
You're thankful to God
And when it doesn't you cuss him
You raise a child
And when the child grows up
You got to learn to let go
If you can't learn to love him

But, oh, what a beautiful thing when you sing
Hear all them bells ringing out in the street
Hammer strikes the metal and it makes me believe
'Cause if I don't believe in love
Then I don't believe in you
And I do

Now I'm not saying only bad news comes
For the people who want it
But you gotta play that music for who's listening
You got to have someone you wanna sing it to

Oh, what a beautiful thing when you sing
Hear all them bells ringing out in the street
Blue sky cracking and it makes me believe
Oh, hear all them bells ringing out in the street
Hammer strikes the metal and it makes me believe
'Cause if I don't believe in love
Then I don't believe in you
And I do

Close my eyes, see the glorious sunset
Through the windows of a store and I want it
Anyway, if I ever felt haunted
You were there for me

These angry people who are waiting to judge you
Have their own judgment that they'll have live up to
Open your mouth
And if nothing come through
Remember
You're the one that sings
And it's a gift
And life's a beautiful thing
Oh, don't waste it doll

You build a house and if the house comes up
You gotta work on that house
If you want to make it your home
'Cause everything inside that's not something you own
Is what you're taking with you
On the day that you go

And oh, what a beautiful world when we sing
Hear all them bells ringing out in the street
Hammer strikes the metal and it makes me believe
Hear all them bells ringing out in the street
Oh, hammer strikes the metal and it makes me believe
'Cause if I don't believe in love
Then I don't believe in you
And I do


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"Life Is Beautiful" as written by Ryan Adams

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    General Comment"But you gotta play that music for who's listening. You gotta have someone you gotta sing it to"

    That line is what makes Ryan such a powerful singer/song writer.

    I can't believe I'm only the second person to comment on this song.

    In my mind, this song is about creating--
    You plant a rose, you raise a child, you build a house...
    it's about all of the things we invest in, and the fact that it takes work, and involves the possibility of pain, even if you create something from scratch.

    But, even though everything doesn't always turn out just as you imagined, you just have to find happiness and beauty where you can.

    Ryan's songs tend to be depressing and I think this is the most uplifting. The first time I heard this song, it was the line, "If I don't believe in love, then I don't believe in you. And I do."

    This song is a strange mix of sadness and beauty, as if you were standing on the ledge, looking down, and suddenly saw something that reminded you that....life IS beautiful.
    ceremoniouson September 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti just love this song. i think it's one of the most positive songs that he's written. it makes it seem like he's in love and optimistic about life, and it's just nice to hear that every now and then.
    belle1313on September 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHe's so honest, it's wonderful.
    speaksofton January 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSuch a great song. SO inspirational!
    Redhouse64779on December 17, 2010   Link

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