Ms. Third Ward, your first question:
What is your aspiration in life?
Oh, well my aspiration in life would be
To be happy

Mama said, you're a pretty girl
What's in your head it doesn't matter
Brush your hair, fix your teeth
What you wear is all that matters

Just another stage
Pageant the pain away
This time I'm gonna take the crown
Without falling down, down

Pretty hurts
We shine the light on whatever's worst
Perfection is a disease of a nation
Pretty hurts, pretty hurts
Pretty hurts
We shine the light on whatever's worst
You tryna fix something, but you can't fix what you can't see
It's the soul that needs a surgery

Blonder hair, flat chest
TV says bigger is better
South beach, sugar free
Vogue says
Thinner is better

Just another stage
Pageant the pain away
This time I'm gonna take the crown
Without falling down, down, down

Pretty hurts
We shine the light on whatever's worst
Perfection is a disease of a nation
Pretty hurts, pretty hurts (pretty hurts)
Pretty hurts (pretty hurts)
We shine the light on whatever's worst
We try to fix something, but you can't fix what you can't see
It's the soul that needs the surgery

Ain't got no doctor or pill that can take the pain away
The pain's inside and nobody frees you from your body
It's the soul, it's the soul that needs surgery
(It's my soul that needs surgery)
Plastic smiles and denial can only take you so far
Then you break when the fake façade leaves you in the dark
You left with shattered mirrors and the shards of a beautiful girl

Pretty hurts
We shine the light on whatever's worst (pretty hurts)
Perfection is a disease of a nation (pretty hurts)
Pretty hurts, pretty hurts
Pretty hurts (pretty hurts)
We shine the light on whatever's worst
We tryna fix something, but you can't fix what you can't see (pretty hurts)
It's the soul that needs a surgery

When you're alone all by yourself (pretty hurts, pretty hurts)
And you're lying in your bed (pretty hurts, pretty hurts)
Reflection stares right into you (pretty hurts, pretty hurts)
Are you happy with yourself? (Pretty hurts, pretty hurts)
You stripped away the masquerade (pretty hurts, pretty hurts)
The illusion has been shed (pretty hurts, pretty hurts)
Are you happy with yourself? (Pretty hurts, pretty hurts)
Are you happy with yourself? (Pretty hurts, pretty hurts)

Yeah, yes (ah, ah, ah)


Lyrics submitted by iholdher, edited by martin3003, itsSophia12345, Glowy123

"Pretty Hurts" as written by Joshua Coleman Beyonce Knowles

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  • +6
    General CommentI love this song so much! It's got a great tune and lyrics.
    What she is trying to say is that the goal of being physically attractive, is hurtful to everyone.
    When she says 'pretty hurts' what she is actually saying is that needing us women to look attractive, that being a societal expectation is really hurtful and painful to women.
    She's saying that 'the soul is what needs surgery' she means that it's not your face or body that needs enhancement, you need to fix your soul if you think that you need plastic surgery, or if someone else thinks you need it.
    When she says 'perfection is the disease of a nation' she is trying to say that in America, this showbiz industry is so prevalant and photoshopping is all the rage and celebrities are under enormous pressure to look 100% flawless and that's not how it should be, it's giving us all disease of the mind, like for example girls becoming anorexic or bulimic etc. Or even milder disease, like insecurities, issues with body image, etc.
    iheartthiswebsiteon January 12, 2014   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis song is very beautiful, it has so much truth and so much soul, it makes me feel very emotional. I love it, thank you B. for putting it out there ;)
    Slion January 23, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commentshe shouldn have made the video in the way it is then since she is trying to pass on a message not show how hot she is
    Joejosephson June 05, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe meaning of this song is pretty simple: just think of AMANDA BYNES
    pyloneson January 13, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General Commentthis is beutiful and inspiring :')
    gadgadison April 30, 2014   Link

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