"Ugly" as written by and William Patrick Corgan....
Don't look in the mirror
I don't like what I see staring back at me
Everything is clearer
I'll never see what you see
It's not me
So beautiful and free
I'll never be what you need
I can't help it at all
I was born so beautiful
But now I'm ugly

And I rot in my skin
As a piece of me dies everyday
I know I'm nothing
I know there's nothing I can say
To change
The judgment in their ways
I'll never be what you need
I can't help it at all
My love was so beautiful
But now I'm ugly
Yeah

I'm good enough, but I don't care
I'm good enough, but I'm not there
I'm good enough, but I don't care
The sun is out, but I'm not there

(I can go anywhere) I'm good enough, but I don't care (somewhere)
(I can go anywhere) The sun is out, but I'm not there (somewhere)
(I can go anywhere) I'm good enough (somewhere)
(I can go anywhere) I'm good enough (somewhere)

I don't look in the mirror
I don't like what I see staring back at me
Everything is clearer
I'll never see what you see
And I rot in my skin
As a piece of me dies everyday
I know I'm nothing
Because I'm ugly


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"Ugly" as written by William Patrick Corgan

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  • +3
    My InterpretationI actually think he's depressed. Which is easy to see, but I think this song is simply pointing to that. People who are "Depressed" doesn't like how they look and prefer not to be seen due to how 'ugly' they are. He looks in a mirror and he doesn't like what he sees which can easily be a sigh of depression.

    "I was born so beautiful but now i'm ugly" this can point to him being born so innocent, and like a child, but grew into someone he regrets. He feels he's not pure and innocent anymore.

    "and I rot in my skin
    as a piece of me dies everyday
    i know i'm nothing
    i know there's nothing i can say
    to change
    the judgment in their ways'


    He rots in his skin, meaning he wishes he was someone else, he doesn't like the skin that he's in, because it's "Nothing". He's scared of what Society thinks, and their judgements on him because he sees himself as ugly and useless, because he is depressed.


    "(i can go anywhere) i'm good enough, but i don't care (...somewhere)"

    Another sign of depression. This could mean that he knows or has been said to be "Good enough" but he wants to reach the level of perfection. Nothing is good enough. Unfortunately, perfection is very difficult to reach and he doesn't accept himself the way he is.

    "(i can go anywhere) the sun is out, but i'm not there (...somewhere)"

    This can simply mean that he doesn't want to go out in public's eye, he's depressed and doesn't want anyone to see him, in the fear that they will see how "Ugly" he is. The Sun shines light and it could be that he wishes to keep hidden from the world, due to his issues of not being good enough in his mind.
    Amarisnsaneon September 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentself explanatory meaning here- feeling like a piece of shit and not good enough. however, this song is so well done that the ugly-feeling isnt all "bllllllaaaaaahgggggg i hate myself bllaaaghhhh die self die"---just simple sad. one of my favoite pumpkins songs
    antisoapon September 07, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI would definitely have to say this is very representative of depression.
    I think one of my most favourite lines is: "the sun is out, but I'm not there."
    rxchyon January 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentself explanatory meaning here- feeling like a piece of shit and not good enough. however, this song is so well done that the ugly-feeling isnt all "bllllllaaaaaahgggggg i hate myself bllaaaghhhh die self die"---just simple sad. one of my favoite pumpkins songs
    antisoapon September 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song describes me so well...

    living in a constant state of atrophy...
    x_cunt_xon September 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is probably my favorite pumpkins b-side, alhtough it is quite a depressing song, you can hear the pain and emotion in the way billy sings this. it is also an easy song to play yourself. The lyrics remind me of the way a friend of mine portrays herself. this way of thinking is very depressing, and they will sontinue to "rot in their skin" through thinking this way. the way he sings "im good enough" seems to be suggesting that he is asking the question am i good enough? this suggests that society is dictating the feelings of this person, cause they feel ugly in the face of what society perceives them to be.
    Timmon May 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes,indeed...I played this as my class experience song for my report on Major Depression in Abnormal Psych, and I depressed everyone so much the teacher had to play a video about Mania to cheer everyone up...of course,I'd just told my life story as my report,to back it up with...but still...I love this song, it's incredibly powerful and speaks volumes about Billy's mindset at the time.
    crimsoncrushedroseon November 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts good to know that you yourself aren't the only one to feel this way sometimes. The problem with most people is you have to overcome the self hate that you feel constantly and realize there are some people who think your awesome. Unfortunately Billy didn't hear that alot when he made this song. I hear is really depressed now. Poor guy.
    Brokenzeroon January 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBased on what I've read about Billy recently. He's not depressed (or at least that what he wants "us" to think) He's doing well and has a new solo record coming out in spring 05. Song is super easy to play on the guitar and sad for sure. The infelctions he puts on his voice in this song is amazing to me...other hate it and that just ads to the love!
    dconleyon January 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat's what I've heard too,although I've also heard that he is not currently depressed...but of course,as someone who has depression,I can tell you that you aren't always feeling down,and even when you do,you don't let others know...^_^;; Like right now....
    crimsoncrushedroseon January 23, 2005   Link

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