"Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)" as written by and Michael Holbrook Penniman....
Big girl, you are beautiful

Walks in to the room
Feels like a big balloon
Big girl you are beautiful

Diet Coke and a pizza please
Diet Coke, I'm on my knees
Screaming, "Big girl, you are beautiful"

You take your skinny girl
I feel like I'm gonna die
'Cause a real woman
Needs a real man, here's why

You take your girl
And multiply her by four
Now a whole lot of woman
Needs a whole lot more

Get yourself to the butterfly lounge
Find yourself a big lady
Big boy, come on around
And there we're gonna do baby

No need to fantasize
Since the words are my praises
A watering hole with the girls around
And curves in all the right places

Big girls, you are beautiful
Big girls, you are beautiful
Big girls, you are beautiful
Big girls, you are beautiful

Walks in to the room
Feels like a big balloon
I said, "Hey girls, you are beautiful"

Diet Coke and a pizza please
Diet Coke, I'm on my knees
Screaming, "Big girl, you are beautiful"

You take your girl
And multiply her by four
Now a whole lot of woman
Needs a whole lot more

Get yourself to the butterfly lounge
Find yourself a big lady
Big boy, come on around
And there we're gonna do baby

No need to fantasize
Since the words are my praises
A watering hole with the girls around
And curves in all the right places

Big girls, you are beautiful
Big girls, you are beautiful
Big girls, you are beautiful
Big girls, you are beautiful

Get yourself to the butterfly lounge
Find yourself a big lady
Big boy, come on around
And there we're gonna do baby

No need to fantasize
Since the words are my praises
A watering hole with the girls around
And curves in all the right places

Big girls, you are beautiful
Big girls, you are beautiful
Big girls, you are beautiful
Big girls, you are beautiful
Oh, you are beautiful

Get yourself to the butterfly lounge
Find yourself a big lady
Big boy, come on around
And there we're gonna do baby

No need to fantasize
Since the words are my praises
A watering hole with the girls around
And curves in all the right places

Big girls, you are beautiful
Big girls, you are beautiful
Big girls, you are beautiful
Big girls, you are beautiful
Oh, you are beautiful

Get yourself to the butterfly lounge
Find yourself a big lady
Big boy, come on around
And there we're gonna do baby

No need to fantasize
Since the words are my praises
A watering hole with the girls around
And curves in all the right places

Big girl, you are beautiful
Big girl, you are beautiful
Big girl, you are beautiful
Big girl, you are beautiful
Big girl, you are beautiful


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"Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)" as written by Michael Holbrook Penniman

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    General CommentYes. I think being a big girl is a bit intimidating. When I walk in to a shop like New Look or Jack Wills, I feel so big! Everyone there is so petite and especially when I have to ask the shop assistant for a size 10 when I'm only 12 years old does feel embarrassing!

    But when I first heard this song, I kinda realised that someday, someone, might love me. They might take my hand and ask me out. When I was little, I used to fantasize about being a princess one day and a prince Charming will propose to me. And in year 2 we had to make up a play about Sleeping Beauty. I wanted to be Sleeping Beauty but all the pretty, slim, beautiful girls stepped in. Now I'm not saying that all pretty, slim, beautiful girls are horrid and steal my dreams, but as I said before, it is kinda intimidating! Then from then on, I noticed that all the guys I fancied/fancy would not in a million years go out with me because I'm "big".

    I feel MIKA is just trying to put it out there, that any girl, whether large or skinny, can have a love one day and hopefully forever!
    muddyduckon January 15, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAs far as I understand, Mika wrote this song after wathcing a documentary made in the US about "The Butterfly Lounge." The website for The Butterfly Lounge claims that it is "The First Size Acceptance
    Night Club in Orange County." After watching the documentary, Mika wrote this song. This was one of the first songs I heard by him, he's great!!
    penguinsarekoolon April 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo add my last comment, he wrote the song in about 15 minutes at like 2:30 in the morning. He felt like he was the one to write them a theme song. If you google butterly lounge you can go to the webiste and check it all out. Just fyi :D
    penguinsarekoolon April 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Oh and dudes get off his dick. Just cause he's cutesy and emotional doesn't mean he's gay."

    Straight men are not flamboyant, sing constantly in falsetto, etc. TRUST me. He is beyond just cutesy and emotional. Plus, out of all his songs, I hear zero sexualization in any of his lyrics, or speaking of women in a romantic context, which just about any songwriter who is straight does, at least in some of their songs. I mean, look at REM - Michael Stipe didn't necessarily seem gay, but he NEVER wrote about love. And Stipe finally admitted that he WAS gay, and that he has always struggled with it. So he was a closet case!

    It's obvious. It sounds like a song written more toward his female friends to give them a confidence boost, rather than someone who has a sexual or romantic interest in big women. But it just does not sound sincere in any event.
    stoolhardyon November 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentshould it really though?? i am bigger and i am still undecided on this song and the debate that surround it months after it was released. I like the idea that it is to make big girls feel better about themselves but at the same time it can make me feel uncomfortable when i'm out. I have had it sung to me several times by guys on nights out and one guy even followed me down the street with it playing full blast out his car window and i never quite know if i should take this as a compliment or people winding me up about my size, in the grand scheme of things i'm not as big as a lot of people (size18) but if size doesn't matter could they not just sing another song to me that didn't mention my size???!!! however i don't think mika intended to offend anybody i think it really was just meant to make people feel good such as his friends maybe even a message to guys to say that girls can be pretty regardless of size and as for the gay argument does it really matter???!!
    this-is-how-it-goeson December 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've heard that he wrote this song, inspired by the prejudice his own mother got for being a bog woman. I think his heart was in the best place it could've been when he wrote this song. It sends out a message that big girls, whether they have a bit more fat to make them average, or if they're larger than life, (No offence intended, I think that big women are beautiful) That they look beautiful in their skin.
    xXMeggeraXxon February 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this is a great song. It gets a lot of negative attention - I read on a similar board one day "This song should be called, 'fat girls, you are disgusting!'" How disappointing. I even read that some people think Mika is supporting obesity. The fact is, not everyone is skinny, and "Beautiful," according to Western standards. Mika is just taking a break from all the crap that girls any bigger than 120,lbs get. Mika is great for loving on us big girls. Being healthy is important - but it has little or nothing to do with who we are on the inside.
    sweetsongson June 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think, what this song is really saying is just that people who are naturally bigger boned should accept themselves. I didn't really get that he was condemning skinny people, I read it more like this:

    "Walks into the room, feels like a big balloon"
    I think what that's saying is that bigger girls often do walk into a room and they feel like they stand out and are self-conscious about their weight and feel bad about themselves. He follows it up by saying "Big girl, you are beautiful" like a vote of confidence, saying "you don't need to be so worried, you're beautiful as you are"
    And with the diet coke thing, I think he's trying to say that people try to use diet drinks as a way to lose weight and such, also about putting themselves down when they shouldn't have to.

    This song isn't about fat girls being superior, it doesn't advocate being overweight or obese, but what I get from this is that people have to be happy in their own skin, a girl is most beautiful when she;s confident and happy, regardless of her weight. I just hear him telling girls to live naturaly and not be afraid to be who they are.
    Some girls are curvy and some are flat, and we all just have to love ourselves as we are.
    Crabcakeson June 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentArgh.... I love this jam!

    Big girls are gems. :]

    I love this man. He's so funky, original and fun. He's songs are so easy and fun to dance to. It's a nonstop party with his album.

    It's so fresh.

    I can't believe I'm the first to comment on here. Hah. Mika is love.
    Living.Lifeon February 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah? where are all the comments *frown*
    Mika is a pro.. i love the lyrics to this song.. he's such a lovely guy!!
    i wish to meet him perhaps one day!
    5thgairon March 03, 2007   Link

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