"Ugly" as written by and John/witherspoon Connolly....
Things you've done have set you back in time,
I think about the way we lived our life was it yours or mine?
Why can't you tell me?
(I can)
I had a feeling
(You'd crawl on your knees)
To punish me,

It's hard to keep you by my side,
Haunted by the vision,
Too ugly
For one day,
Go live your life,

Sick of all the ways I try to change
To keep the promises we made all over again
Can't you see?
I'm gonna try to live again
(Why Can't)
You give me the reason
(Why can't you just see)
Misery
(Set us free)

It's hard to keep you by my side,
Haunted by the vision,
Too ugly,
For one day,
You tried to keep me far behind,
Caught by indecision,
Too ugly,
If only you'd live your life,

Haunted by the vision ,
(Haunted by the vision)
Too ugly,
(Too ugly, too ugly)

It's hard to keep you by my side,
Haunted by the vision,
Too ugly,
For one day,
You tried to keep me far behind,
Caught by indecision,
Too ugly,
If only you'd live your life.


Lyrics submitted by fosdamaged

"Ugly" as written by Kelli Mayo Peyton Bighorse

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Downtown Music Publishing

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    General CommentI sort of disagree with you diabolic. I think the speaker was in a bad relationship of some kind and it went sour and now when ever he looks at him or her all the speaker can see inside that person is 'ugly'; ugly represents the bad thoughts and feelings the speaker has for this person. This can be seen in the following lines, "It's hard to keep you by my side, Haunted by the vision, Too ugly For one day, Go live your life" by the speaker saying 'for one day go live your life' the speaker is saying how he/she needs that person to move on so he can as well.

    The more I read the lyrics and hear it I can not surpase the thought of a sour relationship and how he tried every which way to make it work like when he says "Sick of all the ways I try to change, To keep the promises we made all over again, Can't you see?, I'm, gonna try to live again, (Why Can't), You give me the reason, (Why can't you just see), Misery, (Set us free)". Simply said the speaker is over him or her and teh wya he is doing that is to use the negative imagery and feelings to propel him outwards from her or him. That the stronger the feelings are the better he wants to make it through life and live more of life.

    Well that is what I got out of it, i can relate to it so vividly since my last relationship ended really bad with us not being friends and I can sympathize for the speaker so much as I still feel that same.

    - Jon
    JHoldermanon December 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts saying live your life and don't worry about all that bad stuff, like how you look, don't let anything hold you back from living your life,
    diabolic666on August 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with J, to add to it though.... The relationship was maybe broken by the subject of the song cheating to get back at something the speaker did:

    I had a feeling
    (You'd crawl on your knees)
    To punish me,

    Sounds like a sexual reference. also fits that the speaker would be haunted with the vision of their bf/gf with another person. I know this would make them "ugly" to me.
    mgalovicon December 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with J, to add to it though.... The relationship was maybe broken by the subject of the song cheating to get back at something the speaker did:

    I had a feeling
    (You'd crawl on your knees)
    To punish me,

    Sounds like a sexual reference. also fits that the speaker would be haunted with the vision of their bf/gf with another person. I know this would make them "ugly" to me.
    mgalovicon December 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI personally agree and disagree with parts of J's and Diabolic's ideas. I think the song is about how he regrets the things he did in the relationship he had with this person. "Sick of all the ways I try to change
    To keep the promises we made all over again
    Can't you see?
    I'm gonna try to live again
    " He regrets trying to change himself for somebody who didnt diserve him in the first place and she is draging him down by holding him to the promises he made to her.
    CoNsUmEdWiThInon November 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'd say J and Mgalovic pretty much hit it dead on.
    RagePrimeon December 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think those are all good interpretations, but could it be deeper than a romantic relationship, maybe a parent-child situation? Maybe this is from the perspective of a person who witnessed something extremely traumatic in their family, and the "crawl on your knees to punish me" part is about a person suffering to make themselves seem like the victim?
    muse82on December 13, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationI just want to throw my interpretation in here three years later..

    This song remains one of my favorites since it was released. I don't think I'll ever get tired of it based on all of the memories that I relate to this song. I don't think I can relate to the literal meaning, though.

    I've always pictured it being about a he-she relationship in which he sees the "real" she and he doesn't necessarily approve of it. It may be her over-controlling manner, her willingness to void the obligations of a monogamous relationship, or other bad habits of which he does not appreciate. As much as he wants to stay together, and he tries; he can't help but be reminded of the things he does not like about her.
    anAlternativetothison December 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI agree with J's idea but I don't think it is solely about a sour romantic relationship, but any relationship, friendship or otherwise, gone sour.

    However, I don't think that the line, "I had a feeling... To punish me," was a sexual reference. I believe all that is being said is that the other party would do anything to make the narrator pay for something they have done.
    StormingPolackon January 13, 2010   Link

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