"Life Is Beautiful" as written by and Holly Ann Lerski....
Innocent I was born a queen
Woke to life I thought it was a dream
I was lying in the gutter when a hand unseen
Poured down the sun on New York City
I went sailing through the streets
On a sea of faces
I was just another person
That time erases
It was All Soul's Day and I was not afraid
I felt I had a reason to live that day
And it seemed to me that something good
Is coming if you think it could
And I don't know when
and I don't know how
But I put my head into the clouds
And it's beautiful
It's beautiful
It's beautiful
Life is
Now I'm flying over bridges
And the sun's in my eyes
Skyscrapers shining and trains roll by
I thought I saw myself among the passersby
We're walking on the water
Walking on the light
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"Life Is Beautiful" as written by Holly Ann Lerski

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    General CommentThis was the first Amy Correia song I heard. It might be my favorite. Patton Oswalt was the one who first got me into her stuff. As if I wasn't already eternally grateful for his brilliant stand up comedy! Just wonderful.

    I love how the lyrics express a passionate optimism without losing sincerity like most other songs with a similar message would; lines like "lying in the gutter" and "just another person that time erases" make the message of life being beautiful all the more poignant by not painting an unrealistic idealism about things.

    This is what it comes down to for me:

    "Innocent, I was born a queen
    Woke to life, I thought it was a dream
    I was lying in the gutter when a hand unseen
    Poured down the sun on New York City"

    The narrator comes from a life of luxury, perhaps, or at least from a comfortable life. She decides to strike out on her own and ends up having to face the harsh realities of the world. There definitely seems to be a fall from grace. When she "wakes up" from her idealism, she finds she's living in a gutter in New York City.

    "I went sailing through the streets
    On a sea of faces
    I was just another person
    That time erases"

    Aside from just being flat-out beautiful, these lines truly capture the feeling the narrator must be experiencing. It's hard to remember that no matter how special you might think you are, you're still just one person in a world of multitudes. Living in the gutter has brought her the humility that has allowed her to gain this wisdom.

    "It was All Soul's Day, and I was not afraid
    I felt I had a reason to live that day"

    On a day of redemption for those that time has already erased, she comes to realize that she's not going to live forever (as expressed earlier).

    "And it seemed to me that something good
    Is coming if you think it could
    And I don't know when
    And I don't know how
    But I put my head into the clouds

    And it's beautiful
    It's beautiful
    It's beautiful
    Life is"

    Coming from a place that promoted idealistic dreams, she had fallen. In this sense, she learns that life is not beautiful. However, walking amongst the people on the streets, observing all the pain and drama and happiness that encompasses who they are, she realizes that the fundamental reasoning behind idealism is not wrong. Simply because following her dreams led to failure doesn't mean that what she once believed in was incorrect. Looking at the others, she comes to understand that their is an entire world out there to experience yet. This instills a sense of euphoria in her heart. So she reclaims her ideals, realizing that life is beautiful after all.

    "Now I'm flying over bridges
    And the sun's in my eyes
    Skyscrapers shining and trains roll by
    I thought I saw myself among the passersby
    We're walking on the water
    Walking on the light"

    She takes in the sights of the world, marveling at the beauty surrounding us all. "Seeing herself" among the passersby, I think, might be referring to seeing someone enraptured in the joy of the world as well. Hence the floating feeling they share: "walking on water/light".

    My favorite line in the whole song is probably "And it seemed to me that something good / Is coming if you think it could". To me, this is the greatest attitude ANYONE can have about life.

    It's a very simple message, but it is just so beautifully stated. That's what I love about Amy Correia. There's no pretense to her work, just uncompromising sincerity.
    Ximon September 27, 2007   Link

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