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Paint yourself a picture
Of what you wish you looked like
Maybe then they just might
Feel an ounce of your pain

Come into focus
Step out of the shadows
It's a losing battle
There's no need to be ashamed

'Cause they don't even know you
All they see is scars
They don't see the angel
Living in your heart

Let them find the real you
Buried deep within
Let them know with all you've got
That you are not your skin
Oh oh, oh oh

And when they start to judge you
Show them your true colors
And do on to others
As you'd have done to you

Just rise above this
Kill them with your kindness
Ignorance is blinded
They're the ones that stand to lose

'Cause they don't even know you
All they see is scars
They don't see the angel
Living in your heart

Let them find the real you
Buried deep within
Let them know with all you've got
That you are not your skin
Oh

Well they don't even know you
All they see is scars
And they don't see the angels
Living in your heart

So let them find the real you
Buried deep within
Let them know with all you've got
That you are not
You are not your skin
Oh oh, oh oh



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"Skin" as written by Blair/michael Daly

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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    Song Comparison:I don't think it's just about not hearing what others says about you.

    The thing is, I believe this song is dedicated to people with physical and/or mental disabilities, that's why it has lines such as:

    "Paint yourself a picture, Of what you wish you looked like,"
    "All they see is scars"
    "you are not your skin."

    It's all refering to things of the exterior. And think, picture someone in a wheelchair, losing a limb, or with severe burns. Sadly, when some people encounter them, their disabilities is usually all they see and judge them all around them. This song is to raise the spirits of those who can't avoid this, and remember them, and hopefully more people, to see beyond the exterior.
    Alexlayeron May 22, 2011   Link
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    General Comment:This album is so AMAZING! I love The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, it too, is AMAZING, but this one really hits home for me
    marquptonon May 16, 2011   Link
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    Song Meaning:But anyway, the song is self explanatory to me, it's about taking shit from people who don't know you, and not letting it get to you, because you know they don't know who you are, so it doesn't matter what the say or think. They can judge you all they want, but in the end, they're just ignorant. "I'm rubber, you're glue, whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you". I think that really goes with the song
    marquptonon May 16, 2011   Link
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    General Comment:Alexlayer is right. I read an interview with DJ Ashba online and he said that James Michael saw a thing on the news about a girl named Amy who lost both of her legs in a tragic skiing accident and he just got so emotionally wrapped up in her story that he sat down and wrote this song about her. Then he sent it to Nikki and DJ and they both loved it and said it had to go on the album. I can semi-relate to this song, I mean, I don't have any physical or mental handicaps but I am used to people judging me without even getting to know me. This songs makes me teary-eyed literally every time I listen to it...
    Zoso091on June 12, 2011   Link
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    General Comment:I feel like this is a song about someone who throughout all of their life they have something that causes them to have a bad life.(like being mad fun of by people) and I feel like this thing is something that causes them to become a "cutter" because "all they see is scars, and you are not your skin" and i think people find out about her cutting, and then they judge her greatly because they think she is trying to kill herself when that really isnt want she was trying to do. she was more going for like....being about to quiet the voices of those making her life so unbearable.
    kellymichaela14on September 13, 2011   Link
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    General Comment:I think the song means that no matter what you look like its whats inside that matters,
    "Paint yourself a picture
    Of what you wish you looked like"
    to me that means that if you self harm and have scars from that or have a physical or mental disability that stuff makes you different and people judge you for that.
    "you are not your skin"
    again saying its whats in side that matters not the way you look.
    hope that helped :)
    bvbmcron February 21, 2013   Link
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    General Comment:I'm not saying this is the intended purpose of the song (as all good forms of art are made to influence each individual in their own way)
    But when I first heard these lyrics it immediately made me think of some of my friends who identify as transgender, because like the lyrics state, who they are is not defined by their "skin" or body.
    The lyrics just seem to encompass a universal sense of what's on the inside is what matters, not how the world places you.
    It makes me think of my friends and the LGBT community because on some level we have all experienced judgment based on the norms of society and felt the need to break free from them, even when people fixate on one aspect such as an identity, what really matters is who you are as a person and the rest doesn't matter.
    tmhm94on April 13, 2014   Link

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