"Beauty in me" as written by and Timothy James Freedman....
Cross-legged on the front lawn she’s had a bad pill
The lights of the city they can all go to hell
It’ll all come good if she can put in the hours
She wants to get into film but it’s gonna take years
She wishes she wrote songs like the ones that you hear
The boys are all 20 and they leave her on the edge

And she’s telling herself
They’ll see,
They’ll see the beauty in me
They’ll see the beauty it’s in my soul

They’ll see the beauty in me
They’ll see the beauty in me
They’ll see the beauty it’s in my soul

Her lift is waiting she’ll be there soon
Rocking forwards and backwards eyeballing the moon
Unwired like a child of the rich
She’s pretty and long and part of the scene
Playing with her phone like it’s a rosary
Should get up and take them all on now

And she’s telling herself
They’ll see,
They’ll see the beauty in me
They’ll see the beauty it’s in my soul

They’ll see the beauty in me
They’ll see the beauty in me
They’ll see the beauty it’s in my soul

First she can tell them why she’s so sad
Why this girl is crying
Of all the excuses that she’s ever had
Well she’s nearly 20 years old
Very old

Cross-legged on the front lawn she’s had a bad pill
The lights of the city they can all go to hell
It’ll all come good if she can put in the hours



Lyrics submitted by perkypurce, edited by mktoronto

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    General Comment'And she’s telling herself “They’ll see,
    They’ll see the beauty in me
    They’ll see the beauty it’s in my soul” '

    i think this bit is talking about not vanity as such, but the desperate hope this girl has that someone will, indeed, see the beauty inside her.
    tiathefleaon January 22, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Inspired by an image I’ve had in my head for 20 years of a Sydney University student sitting cross-legged on the grass outside a party in York St, Glebe rocking forwards and backwards on a bad trip. It didn’t really come together in the recording until J. added the zither in the verses. People have warmed to this one at gigs. I guess there are a lot of bad pills around these days. The young girl now directs films – there’s a happy ending for you. "

    direct quote from tim freedman
    taraelizabethon December 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti can't believe nobody has commented on this song... its amazing
    easily the best song on their new album, i dont know why they havn't made a single of it.. just doesn't make sense to me
    anyway, i think its abuot a girl giong through a rough time, or who had a rough life. she is now doing ebtter for herself, maybe abuot someone overcoming hardships... and has grown too old for her age if that makes sense
    aidan1233on October 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of those haunting songs, that feels like it's been written for me... haha.

    "She wants to get into film but it’s gonna take years
    She wishes she wrote songs like the ones that you hear"

    Of couse my passion is music, but i feel the same way.. then...

    she’s telling herself “They’ll see,
    They’ll see the beauty in me
    They’ll see the beauty it’s in my soul”

    I feel that this song is about youth vanity. Even though this girl may be vain, Freedman seems to have faith in - perhaps sympathy for - her.
    LukeBon December 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song just grabbed me from the first time I heard it. I completely identify with the chorus. When I was twenty, no one seemed to want to date me and I was convinced I was unattractive and I was just waiting for that person who would see my inner beauty.

    Plus, that feeling at 20 when you think you know everything and are just so much older and wiser than the boys that are your age.

    Of course, there's also Freedman's way of describing everyday actions. I particularly love "playing with her phone like it’s a rosary". His lyrics are just so evocative, which is why I love his music so much.
    mktorontoon December 13, 2017   Link

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