"Stand Still, Look Pretty" as written by Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp....
I want to paint my face
and pretend that I am someone else
Sometimes I get so fed up
I don't even wanna look at myself

But people have problems that are worse than mine
I don't want you to think I'm complaining all the time
And I hate the way you look at me I have to say
I wish I could start over

I am slowly falling apart
I wish you'd take a walk in my shoes for a start
And you might think its easy being me
You just stand still, look pretty

Sometimes I find myself shaking
in the middle of the night
And then it hits me and I can't
even believe this is my life

But people have problems that are worse than mine
I don't want you to think I'm complaining all the time
And I wish that everyone would go an shut their mouth
I'm not strong enough to deal with it

I am slowly falling apart
I wish you'd take a walk in my shoes for a start
And you might think its easy being me
You just stand still, look pretty

I am slowly falling apart
I wish you'd take a walk in my shoes for a start
And you might think its easy being me
You just stand still, look pretty


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"Stand Still, Look Pretty" as written by Jessica Harp Michelle Branch

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    General CommentDo you ever hear a song's lyrics and think, "Jesus, I could have written that." Because you relate to it so similarly?? Well I think this is that song for me.

    You find a way of life that you like and you finally get acceptance, and people turn it into something completely watered down and commercialized.
    AmoebaCheebaon June 01, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"And I wish everyone would go and shut their mouth"


    *CORRECTION*
    AmoebaCheebaon June 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentexcuse me for forgetting a 2 letter word I typed this out by hand :p haha
    but I love this song!
    Fallouton June 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwoops lol
    Fallouton June 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIf it's not correct, it's not correct. Face it. And you are missing also a 3 letter word ("and"), sorry.
    f15x28on June 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentshort but sweet. This is an amazing song that I think any one can relate to. Yet again, The Wreckers can connect to the masses through their lyrics which makes them so good.
    Lauranthalison August 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBut the person who corrected it is missing a 4 letter word too! Cos its "And I wish *that* everyone would go and shut their mouth". Besides that it is an amazing song.
    LeaveThePieceson August 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is saying that society has ideals for women, for them to look pretty and to only do certain things (stand still) and they can't do some things men can. It is really aggravating. Women should not just be nothing but a pretty face. We can be just as funny, strong, and unique as males. It isn't fair and it is frustrating and this song is revealing that.
    running in circleson March 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was more personal than that, although I think that makes sense. It makes me think of a girl who has a really loving boyfriend/husband who sticks by while she's going through depression or a difficult time in her life. She's making mistakes ("it hits me and I can’t even believe this is my life"), and she hates herself for them. She "hates the way he looks at her" because he still thinks the world of her despite her problems.
    Ultimately she knows that "people have problems that are worse than mine", and that her life really is quite easy - "you just stand still, look pretty", but she is still unhappy and disillusioned.
    nobodysnightingaleon June 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIts about being in the spotlight... When famous you have all kinds of people telling you how to act, how to dress, how to live, what to buy, who to talk to, who not to talk to, how skinny to be, what to eat, where to go... your so controlled that you lose sense of yourself. Your job is to be pretty... and no body really understands what's really going on inside of you. They don't care what you think they only care about how you look. And I could only imagine that being really hard. The people telling you how to be... they don't really know what its like to be in that spotlight.. "I wish you'd take a walk in my shoes for a start.. you might think its easy being me... to stand still look pretty" Its songs like these that show us they are real. They have it hard. just because they have alot of money doesn't mean they are happy.

    Money doesnt equal happiness.
    [Fabulous]on June 23, 2007   Link

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