"Beautiful" as written by and Carole King....
I was blank as I could be
Hearing voices telling me
"Walk away from everything"
But where was I meant to go?
Far away from those I know
To some desolate below

We were in the uber scene
Where they grind the coffee bean
Where the women are oblique
And the boys are paper thin
Ragged beards upon their chin
We were on the outside looking in

Rise above the present day
Rise above the popular melee
I see you the way you are
I see you, the star

We were beautiful before this went down
We were beautiful before the years came
And turned it upside down
We were beautiful before we got wise
We were beautiful with sky and blanket laying low

I am hanging on the line
I'm on duty all the time
I am your Samaritan on call
I could try my best to heal
All the emptiness you feel
In the giving, I will be alive

We were wrapped around our roots
Nothing on except our boots
We were intimate around the waist
We were settling our scores
We were healing over sores
We were living out the pleasure that we lost

We were beautiful before this went down
We were beautiful before the years came
And turned it upside down
We were beautiful for all of time and space
I will tell it to the sun and I will tell it to

If you listen to the night
We can hear the madmen fight
Hear the foxes making out
But the people all immune
Sleeping silent in their rooms
Growing bodies with their sleep
Making plans inside their heads
Making love to shallow friends

Shallow friends

You are not too old to change
Happy only comes after the pain of you and me

We were beautiful before the years came
And turned it upside down
We were beautiful before we got wise
We were beautiful with sky and blanket fading out

We were beautiful before this went down
We were beautiful before the years came
And turned it upside down
We were beautiful for all of time and space
I will tell it to the sun and I will tell it to your face


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"We Were Beautiful" as written by Richard William Colburn Christopher Thomas Geddes

Lyrics © Spirit Music Group

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    General Commenti've loved this song for ages.
    i think it's about this girl who seems ok but she only seems that way because her doctor gave her pills to keep the sadness away. the going blind part i think has to do with crying (like when someone says if you keep crying so much you'll go blind) but since everyone assumed she was ok, no one helped her stop crying and she went blind. the irony of it is that there are a ton of people who could care for her or at least care about her and relate to her (barren mothers, isolated teenagers), but no one knows whats she going through.
    lisa's interested in a lot of stuff (photography, pornography) but she feels stuck in this boring, routine life where she feels like cant make things happen for herself.

    i used to think i was her.

    (ps sorry for being all ramble-y and emo about it. oh well!)
    theyletmegoblindon September 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm sorry, but pornography is not an interest that you pursue, especially not women.

    The line is:
    She thought it would be fun to try photography
    She thought it would be fun to try pornography
    She thought it would be fun to try most anything

    It sounds to me here that she became involved in some kind of desperate downward spiral which involved posing for pornographic pictures. How this fits in with anything else in the song, I have no idea.
    freewneelon January 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo one's commented on this?! This song is brilliant. I find it kind of hard to figure out what it's about though, considering the almost contradicting lyrics. It's definitely putting across the feeling that Lisa is a weird person, though.
    ghotistixon March 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my all-time favorite b&s songs. I've always wondered who Lisa is.
    TXMOILon March 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is amazing. maybe you had to know lisa to understand it.
    jazzy88on September 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with theyletme. I've felt like Lisa too.

    I heard this song last night and it sounded so familiar. Like I had heard it before. Definitely one of my favorite Belle and Sebastian songs.
    foldsbaldwinon October 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song

    i think its about a girl who people only see whats going on on the outside, and dont really care about her-slightly mental, and tempramental but shes beautiful-she does things that seem right, like take a pill or wear orthopedic shoes but thats just making things worse because even though there are people around her they only see "the pill" or the shoes. they only see the things that are supposed to make her better

    that could be totally and completely wrong
    WriterOfFictionson January 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti thinks its just about a young troubled girl who is doing worse than she lets on. people think she's a bit weird but they don't see a reason to try and help her even though she needs it.
    redandbluejeanson March 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand maybe going blind means going on drugs. instead of talking to her they (maybe her parents) just put her on something even though "If you knew what's going on in her life there'd be two hundred troubled teenagers to sit with her and talk to her" really all she needs is just someone to talk to.
    redandbluejeanson March 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti was part lisa. i love the name lisa.
    complex stuff.
    Lisa from the song seems complex too.
    theylermegoblind, im with her. shes right!
    awsoem song!
    jarieth15on May 21, 2006   Link

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