"Shiny on the Inside" as written by Leona Naess and Samuel Ronald Dixon....
You're easily amused by what you use
By what you use on the outside
But it's what shines like silver and gold
Silver and gold on the inside
It's a recipe, what it is to be
What it is to be on the inside

The skin outside is taking you for a ride
Taking you for a ride on the inside
And though they're easily to blame
And I'm just listening in on the inside
And when you're old tell me what they'll say
Tell me what they'll say on the inside

So be still, you will find out
From living down on the inside
I'm easily amused by what you use
By what you use for the outside

And it's silver and gold and diamonds
I suppose on the inside
You're silver and gold and diamonds
I suppose shining from the inside

So I'm sorry just the same
Sorry just the same from the inside
It's taken me long to realize this song
Realize it happens on the inside, oh



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"Shiny on the Inside" as written by Samuel Ronald Dixon Leona Naess

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    General CommentReally? Not even one comment on this song? It's a wonderful song!

    I think the meaning is pretty simple, she's explaining that in the end, personality is what matters most over physical appearance. What's on the inside shines, everything on the outside is just a cover.
    bazketkazeon March 28, 2009   Link
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    Song Meaning1.) "You're easily amused by what you use By what you use on the outside But it's what shines like silver and gold Silver and gold on the inside"
    This man is obviously consumed by any sorts of physical attraction based by appearances. Most people get carried away by beauty; because something or someone is so beautiful that they make up deeper meanings that completely don't make sense and mean absolutely nothing to them and so become attached. Silver, gold, and diamonds are one of the most valued pieces around the world surrounded by the Earth ("dirt") or in a deeper since "experiences". These influences and experiences make up the most valuable piece within.
    2.) "It's a recipe, what it is to be What it is to be on the inside.The skin outside is taking you for a ride Taking you for a ride on the inside"
    We are all recipes of experiences and expectations. Just like a mixing batter with a spoon, she is taking him for a ride and that hopefully the more she gives him the mixture of this physically emotional ride the more he'll want her and be another ingredient to her life.
    3.) "And though they're easily to blame And I'm just listening in on the inside And when you're old tell me what they'll say Tell me what they'll say on the inside"
    She is confused on whether her heart or her mind is telling her to stay with him and to sacrifice to either degrade herself for love or move on and not have him at all. Blatantly she is somewhat confused on what "love" really is. He is blaming her for being so attached to him because all he sees in her is a sex partner but she is seeing something else. So then she basically tells him that someday when he is in her state "What are you going to feel; what is it that you will do about it? And when you find THAT answer, tell me what it is." Basically she is telling him to grow up.
    4.) "So be still, you will find out From living down on the inside I'm easily amused by what you use By what you use for the outside"
    This one is quite confusing. After her questioning him i believe that she is seducing him once more because she can't help herself from him. She is so used to having sex with him than actually talking things out or what you call "make-up sex". BUT it could also mean that she is telling him to just sit there for a minute and think about what she just asked him.
    5.) "You're silver and gold and diamonds I suppose shining from the inside So I'm sorry just the same Sorry just the same from the inside"
    Tying into #1 and #4, I'm going to guess in this line she's starting to think like him and just say that "well I guess you're valuable" because she emotionally can't get rid of him so she apologizes and carries on having sex with him as usual.
    6.) "It's taken me long to realize this song Realize it happens on the inside"
    Sometimes when you say things out loud they sound less romanticized than in your head. After listening to herself saying this over and over again she finally realizes that she deserves better and to not turn into him.

    I hope this helps. I think this song is very touching and unique. Please feel free to add comments. I would like to hear feedback. Thank you.
    Jthm23on April 05, 2013   Link

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