Song Lyric Sunday — Beautiful

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme, Jim Adams gave us “alluring,” “beautiful,” “charming,” “graceful,” and “seductive” as our themes. The song that immediately came to mind was Carole King’s “Beautiful.” I know I’m not the only one who will choose this song, but it’s just such an upbeat, inspiring song, so I’m sticking with it.

“Beautiful” was written by Carole King and it was first released on her 1971 award-winning album Tapestry. The song was never released as a single, but it still holds a notable position in Carole King’s repertoire and she sings it at most of her live performances. It was the inspiration behind the title of a 2013 Broadway musical that centered on Carole’s life. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical has been an internationally successful production.

The song contains a simple message about loving one’s self and, in turn, showing such love for the world around you. King wrote, “I’m not exactly sure when I figured out that the way I perceived others on a given day was a reflection of how I was feeling.”

She said that she came up with the idea for the song while riding the New York City subway, which she described as a place where one will come across many gloomy, uninspired, and frustrated faces. It bothered her encountering people in such sour moods. She perhaps naively believed that if these same gloomy individuals were to emit love rather than negativity, those around them would return the positivity and love to them.

Here are the lyrics to “Beautiful.”

You’ve got to get up every morning
With a smile in your face
And show the world all the love in your heart
Then people gonna treat you better
You’re gonna find, yes you will
That you’re beautiful, as you feel

Waiting at the station with a workday wind a-blowing
I’ve got nothing to do but watch the passers-by
Mirrored in their faces I see frustration growing
And they don’t see it showing, why do I?

You’ve got to get up every morning
With a smile in your face
And show the world all the love in your heart
Then people gonna treat you better
You’re gonna find, yes you will
That you’re beautiful as you feel

I have often asked myself the reason for sadness
In a world where tears are just a lullaby
If there’s any answer, maybe love can end the madness
Maybe not, oh, but we can only try

You’ve got to get up every morning
With a smile in your face
And show the world all the love in your heart
Then people gonna treat you better
You’re gonna find, yes you will
That you’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful as you feel

9 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Beautiful

  1. Terveen Gill August 1, 2021 / 3:31 am

    The inside heavily reflects on the outside. We perceive the world as we feel. I like the positivity in the words. 🙂

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  2. Liz BlackX August 1, 2021 / 4:45 am

    What a strong song, as is her voice 🙂 And yes, it would be a great lesson for most of us, including me 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Maggie August 1, 2021 / 6:26 am

    What a perfect choice today. I wore my Tapestry album out. This is such a powerful song.

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  4. newepicauthor August 1, 2021 / 7:42 am

    It seems that every year I see more and more gloomy people and I wish that more people would be satisfied with what they have instead of being so depressed all the time. Nice music Fandango.

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  5. aisasami August 8, 2021 / 9:44 am

    I love this! It is such a wonderful choice! Love the piano melody and King’s strong vocals! And those empowering lyrics are so good!

    Liked by 1 person

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