Crippled Inside
John Lennon Lyrics


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You can shine your shoes and wear a suit
You can comb your hair and look quite cute
You can hide your face behind a smile
One thing you can't hide
Is when you're crippled inside

You can wear a mask and paint your face
You can call yourself the human race
You can wear a collar and a tie
One thing you can't hide
Is when you're crippled inside

Well now you know that your
Cat has nine lives
Nine lives to itself
But you only got one
And a dog's life ain't fun
Momma take a look outside

You can go to church and sing a hymn
You can judge me by the color of my skin
You can live a lie until you die
One thing you can't hide
Is when you're crippled inside

Well now you know that your
Cat has nine lives
Nine lives to itself
But you only got one
And a dog's life ain't fun
Momma take a look outside

You can go to church and sing a hymn
Judge me by the color of my skin
You can live a lie until you die
One thing you can't hide
Is when you're crippled inside

One thing you can't hide
Is when you're crippled inside




One thing you can't hide
Is when you're crippled inside

Overall Meaning

"Crippled Inside" is a song by John Lennon that was written and recorded during his time in New York City in 1971, and it features on his "Imagine" album. This song speaks to the hypocrisy of people who put on a facade to hide their true selves. The opening verses of the lyrics describe various things people can do to cover up their inner turmoil, such as comb their hair, wear a suit, and put on a smiling face. However, they still can't hide from themselves when their inner struggles leave them crippled inside. The second verse mentions how people can pretend to be part of a certain group or race, but they will still be hiding their true selves.


The song also alludes to the idea that humans and animals have different life expectations. For example, a cat has nine lives, but humans only have one, and a dog's existence is not always pleasant. The final lines of the song highlight the fact that no matter what people do to hide their true selves, they will always be crippled inside. This can be viewed as a call for people to stop pretending and be honest with themselves and each other.


Line by Line Meaning

You can shine your shoes and wear a suit
You can dress up and look presentable


You can comb your hair and look quite cute
You can groom yourself and look attractive


You can hide your face behind a smile
You can pretend to be happy


One thing you can't hide
However, there is one thing that you cannot conceal


Is when you're crippled inside
Which is when you're emotionally broken or unwell


You can wear a mask and paint your face
You can try to disguise yourself


You can call yourself the human race
You can try to identify with humanity


You can wear a collar and a tie
You can dress formally


Well now you know that your
At this point, you realize that your


Cat has nine lives
Cat has the ability to escape harm up to 9 times


Nine lives to itself
Each cat has 9 potentials to rejuvenate itself


But you only got one
Humans only have one life


And a dog's life ain't fun
Living a difficult life is not pleasant


Momma take a look outside
Take a moment to observe and reflect


You can go to church and sing a hymn
You can participate in religious practices


You can judge me by the color of my skin
You can discriminate against me for my appearance


You can live a lie until you die
You can deceive yourself and others


One thing you can't hide
However, there is one thing you cannot conceal


Is when you're crippled inside
Which is when you're emotionally broken or unwell


Well now you know that your
At this point, you realize that your


Cat has nine lives
Cat has the ability to escape harm up to 9 times


Nine lives to itself
Each cat has 9 potentials to rejuvenate itself


But you only got one
Humans only have one life


And a dog's life ain't fun
Living a difficult life is not pleasant


Momma take a look outside
Take a moment to observe and reflect


You can go to church and sing a hymn
You can participate in religious practices


Judge me by the color of my skin
Discriminate against me for my appearance


You can live a lie until you die
You can deceive yourself and others


One thing you can't hide
However, there is one thing you cannot conceal


Is when you're crippled inside
Which is when you're emotionally broken or unwell


One thing you can't hide
However, there is one thing you cannot conceal


Is when you're crippled inside
Which is when you're emotionally broken or unwell




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: John Winston Lennon

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