Don't look at me

Everyday is so wonderful
Then suddenly
It's hard to breathe
Now and then I get insecure
From all the pain
I'm so ashamed

I am beautiful
No matter what they say
Words can't bring me down
I am beautiful
In every single way
Yes, words can't bring me down, oh no
So don't you bring me down today

To all your friends, you're delirious
So consumed
In all your doom
Trying hard to fill the emptiness
The pieces gone
Left the puzzle undone
Ain't that the way it is

You are beautiful
No matter what they say
Words can't bring you down, oh no
You are beautiful
In every single way
Yes, words can't bring you down, oh no
So don't you bring me down today

No matter what we do (no matter what we do)
No matter what we say (no matter what we say)
We're the song inside the tune, yeah
Full of beautiful mistakes

And everywhere we go (and everywhere we go)
The sun will always shine (the sun will always, always, shine)
And tomorrow we might wake
On the other side

'Cause we are beautiful
No matter what they say
Yes, words won't bring us down, oh no
We are beautiful
In every single way
Yes, words can't bring us down, oh no
So don't you bring me down today

Oh, oh, yeah
Don't you bring me down today, yeah, ooh
Don't you bring me down, ooh

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  • +4
    My InterpretationI love this song. The lyrics have so much meaning and are very deep, unlike a lot of popular music today. The first line, "Don't look at me." sets the tone for the rest of the song. It's whispered, and it implies that Christina (or Linda, but I’m going to stick with Christina for this interpretation since she’s singing) is ashamed of how she looks. She would rather be invisible or ignored than be seen for who she really is. Christina might feel this way because of a physical feature, or it might be another characteristic that she feels is visible to those around her. The main point is that Christina is worried this characteristic will cause others to think of her as an outcast. She is worried that the others will rank her below them, denying her the acceptance that everybody wants.
    Verse 1
    In the first verse, Christina is singing about herself. It starts, “Every day is so wonderful/ Then suddenly/ It’s hard to breathe.” The first line is important for the song, because it shows that Christina is not depressed. The days start out beautiful for her — maybe she spends time alone in the mornings or outside surrounded by nature’s ‘morning glory,’ and it puts her at peace. She carries this serenity and hope with her as the day begins. However, when this wears off, Christina is struck with the realization that life is not so carefree. Depending on the circumstances, it may be physically hard to breathe, or that might be a metaphor for the weight of sorrow she carries. “Now and then I get insecure/ From all the pain” are the next lines. Everybody, no matter how confident, feels insecure sometimes. For Christina, it must happen more often than not. Maybe when she sees groups of friends laughing together she wonders if they’re laughing at her. Or she might feel insecure and self-conscious when she sees a model on a magazine cover. She is not satisfied with being herself because she feels like she is not good enough, and it pains her. The next line is, “I’m so ashamed.” This line sums up what Christina has been saying the whole verse. She is ashamed that she is different, but what she doesn’t realize is that differences are what make people unique. If everyone was the same, what would be interesting about other people? She is ashamed because status quo says “If you act or look different from everyone else, you’re unaccepted.” Christina, in this song, wants so desperately to fit in…but she isn’t accepted. And she’s ashamed of that — she’s ashamed to be herself. There should be nothing wrong with that.
    1st Chorus
    Christina continues to sing about herself in the first chorus, so I thought I’d do it with the first verse. The first lines are “I am beautiful.” This contradicts Christina’s emotions in the verse. She was describing her insecurities and how she is ashamed of herself, but now she is stating that she is beautiful. Her sense of hope is re-apparent. “No matter what they say/ Words can’t bring me down.” Christina is saying that no matter what other people tell her, no matter how many times they put her down, she won’t give up. She is strong, and she knows that their words are meaningless — because every person is beautiful. She goes on to say again, “I am beautiful/ In every single way.” Inside and out, Christina can accept herself. “Yes words can’t bring me down/ Oh no.” She reiterates that words can’t hurt her; people can say what they want. She may feel insecure, but those words will never cause her to break. It again shows her sense of strength. Finally Christina says “So don’t you bring me down today.” This is almost a warning to anyone who bullied her in the past. She is letting them know that no matter how many times they try to bring her down, she will never fall. So they shouldn’t waste their time.
    free99on August 15, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthere a gay couple on the video, i don't know what they tryin' to say about gay people, it just doesn't make any sense to me, they think being gay is not happy? you're wrong guys.. we're sooo happy and proud to ourselves.
    Gayboyasianon March 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti like this song. It shows that she cares about people that arent really pretty. *like me even they say i'm not i think so* even if she doesnt care it makes me feel better that she sings about this then things I REALLY DONT WANT TO TALK ABOUT. ciao!
    tomboy0142on June 25, 2004   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI love this song , it has so much meaning , practice makes perfect but nobodys perfect so why practice ??????
    Everyone is beautiful no matter who , where or why , they are and will be forever and on !!!!

    chrissy26on May 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so self explanatory and i give Xtina props for her new album! she rox. if reading or listening to the lyrics doesnt clear your mind on who she the video. all it portrays is people who at first feel inferior because of their true selves but then learn to love themselves for who they are. anyone who talks shit should first look in a mirror because (sorry if im the one to break it to you but) no one is perfect!
    *ScreamingRiotGirl*on June 25, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dis-like christina aguilera but this song is amazing! it truely shows people her insecurities and how she really feels props to christina for making a good song finally and not being naked in the video
    i_rok_your_sokson June 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont like christina aguilera either, but i bought her CD just for this song!! it makes me feel so good! and i love the music video!
    Hazardouson June 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is such an inspirational song. I loved it the first time i heard it, and i do believe it was the second single she released from her album, 'Stripped'.
    I love the way it's so encouraging, and supportive. The song says that it doesn't matter what you look like, what your sexuality is, or the way you live your life. There is a place in the world for everyone and everyone's beautiful in their own special way. I think this is a very positive message to be honest and i think Christina Aguilera handled it well. She has such a powerful voice and she conveys a strong message. I admire her.
    Licion October 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song cuz its so true and i admire christina for saying wat she feels...she is so beautiful, on the outside and in....keep it up i lvoe you
    blonde_chickon November 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song really hits home for me, everyone always tells me im very good looking, but i just cant seem to look in the mirror and see it, its all about being beautiful for yourself and not for other people, thats when you can look in the mirror and like whats looking back at you.
    nosoapradio21on November 17, 2004   Link

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