"Sadly Beautiful" as written by and Paul Westerberg....
From the very first day that you were born
To the very last time you waved and honked your horn
I had no chance at all to watch you grow
Up so sadly beautiful, up so sadly beautiful

Baby needs a brand new pair of eyes
'Cause the ones you got now see only goodbyes
Had no chance at all to let you know
Oh so sadly beautiful, sadly beautiful

Well you got your father's hair
And you got your father's nose
But you got my soul, sadly beautiful

From the very last time you waved and honked your horn
To a face that turned away pale and worn
Had no chance at all to let you know
You left me sadly beautiful, left me sadly beautiful
Oh, sadly beautiful, so sadly beautiful, so sadly

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"Sadly Beautiful" as written by Paul Westerberg

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    General CommentI think this song is a goodbye song from the perspective of the subject's mother, possibly divorced when the girl was very young.
    owennnnnnnnnnon January 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is another Mats song I'd love to hear somebody like George Jones or Hag cover.
    ratanxon April 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI heard this song for the first time today. Tears started welling up in my eyes, it reminds me so much of the relationship my sister and I had with our older brother. It's a long story, but the short of it is that he wasn't around for a long time and his absence broke our hearts. Now that he's back I feel like we know each other, but don't. He had no chance to watch us grow...I hope we can make up for lost time.
    xSadlyxBeautifulxon May 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI've always felt that this song was about a child who is dying from some type of incurable disease. As far as who's perspective it's from it's hard to say. It could be the Mother, or maybe even an uncle or grandparent. The song is indeed Sadly Beautiful.
    JohnGalt23on March 28, 2013   Link

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