"Ugly" as written by Toby Gad and Christinia / Grimmie....
Sometimes you look at you
And the face you see's not who you want to be
Everybody's got it together
Or at least that's what it seems

You try to be like, why you try to be like
Whatever they like, I know what it feels like
Can't keep you up all night,
Don't let them tell you how to live your life

And if they make you feel ugly
Just imagine everybody in their birthday suits
Imagine everybody in their birthday suits

Yeah if they make you feel ugly
Just imagine everybody in their birthday suits
Imagine everybody in their birthday suits

Oh-oh, oh-oh,
Funny how it looks when you switch the roles
Oh-oh, oh-oh,
Never know what's underneath until it gets exposed

And if they make you feel ugly
Just imagine everybody in their birthday suits
Imagine everybody in their birthday suits

She may look better than you,
But, come on, she's vain, she doesn't have a brain
His pants hang lower than yours
But he stumbles when he tries to run, no

You try to be like why you try to be like
Whatever they like I know what it feels like
Can't keep you up all night
Don't let them tell you how to live your life

And if they make you feel ugly
Just imagine everybody in their birthday suits
Imagine everybody in their birthday suits

Yeah if they make you feel ugly
Just imagine everybody in their birthday suits
Imagine everybody in their birthday suits

Oh-oh, oh-oh,
Funny how it looks when you switch the roles
Oh-oh, oh-oh,
Never know what's underneath until it gets exposed

And if they make you feel ugly
Just imagine everybody in their birthday suits
Imagine everybody in their birthday suits

Who cares, what everybody's thinking, no no
Who cares, sometimes it's cool to be uncool
Who cares, if their ship is sinking
It really doesn't matter,
'Cause only you know what's good for you

And if they make you feel ugly
Just imagine everybody in their birthday suits
Imagine everybody in their birthday suits

Yeah if they make you feel ugly
Just imagine everybody in their birthday suits
Imagine everybody in their birthday suits

Oh-oh, oh-oh,
Funny how it looks when you switch the roles
Oh-oh, oh-oh,
Never know what's underneath until it gets exposed

And if they make you feel ugly
Just imagine everybody in their birthday suits
Imagine everybody in their birthday suits


Lyrics submitted by fhellstrom

"Ugly" as written by Toby Gad Christinia Grimmie

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    General CommentI like this track (how can I not?), but the lyrics really bother me... Here's why:


    "Sometimes you look at you
    and _the face you see's, not who you wanna be_"

    Implication: you are your face. Why I'd have a prollem with this is probably evident...



    "Everybody's got it together
    or at least that's what it seems"

    To make sure this comment is just a bottle of Haterade, I'll say that these lines are defs cool. If the song had continued to lean more towards treatment of self-deprecation and a general over-estimation of others' abilities like this, it'd have been awesome. Too bad.



    "And if they make you feel ugly
    Just imagine everybody in their birthday suits"

    Sure, this makes for a fun, upbeat silly song, but if taken as it is without giving Grimmie "the benefit of assumed irony", the chorus is straight up patronizing. Trivializing the feeling of being ugly (and the feelings of victimization, loneliness, alienation and general suckiness associated with it) by saying that one should "just" imagine neckid people borders on belittling (an effect that might be intensified when the appearance of the singer [obviously miles away from ugly] is considered). I mean, I am aware that I'm looking at it through the completely wrong lens (ie "Calm down, it's just a joke!"), but still.



    "Oh-oh, oh-oh!
    Funny how it looks when you switch the roles"

    Yeah, before, I was just being bullied, now, I'm being bullied while fantasizing about ppl in their bday suits! Wow, a veritable castling, this.
    (Written from first-person persp. for effect; I, personally, am not rly bullied)



    "Never know what's underneath until it gets exposed"

    Okay, I really don't get this. No one has been actually exposed (imagination!=reality, remember?), so this line is pointing out that the listener's imagination will be inaccurate? Or are the bullies' naked bodies somehow horribly deformed (something that apparently was made visible by the power of imagination!), and everyone be hatin on them (first of all: doesn't make sense, second: not smth to cheer 'bout)? Just: what



    "She may look better than you
    But come on, she's vain, she doesn't have a brain
    His pants hang lower than yours,
    but he stumbles when he tries to run"

    First of all, this concedes that good looks and low-hanging pants (lol, weird example) are apparently desirable (minor issue). What bugs me a lot more though, is that stumble-running obviously follows as a direct effect from low-h. pants, and therefore leading us to believe that this line suggests that every pro has a necessary con. If we look back to the 1st 2 lines with the knowledge we gained from the last 2, it seems as if the stereotype 'Pretty girls=stupid and superficial' is being reinforced. Obviously not cool.

    More fundamentally, these lines intimate that the solution for people who think of themselves as sucky is to convince themselves that /other people suck too/! This type of 'egalitarian misanthropic self-hate' is verily a very negative world-view. I might be some kind of romantic idealist, but self-empowerment and an intact appreciation of your fellow humans strikes me as a multiple times more agreeable approach. You know?




    Song's still catchy as heck, though.
    fhellstromon September 20, 2011   Link

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