Honestly
Kelly Clarkson Lyrics


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Could you love somebody like that?
Could you attract someone like that?
Could you go where people can't see someone like me
Could you do that?

Would you face me
Make me listen to the truth even if it breaks me
You can judge me, love me
If you're hating me
Do it honestly

All I see are Stepford-like lives
Needles and knives
Beautiful lies
Bringing out the green in your eyes
A perfect disguise for envy and pride

Face me
Make me listen to the truth,
Even if it breaks me
You can judge me, love me

If you're hating me
do it honestly

You can tell me
You can tell me
You can tell me
You can tell me
You can tell me

Face me
Make me listen to the truth,
Even if it breaks me
You can judge me, love me
If you're hating me

Would you face me
Make me listen to the truth even if it breaks me
Judge me, love me
If you're hating me
Do it honestly

You can tell me
You can tell me
You can tell me
You can tell me

Do it honestly

You can tell me
You can tell me




You can tell me
You can tell me

Overall Meaning

In Kelly Clarkson's song Honestly, she is asking her love interest if they could truly accept her and love her without any false pretenses. She questions if this person could love someone like her, who may not fit into society's expectations of what is deemed attractive or acceptable. She asks if they could go to places where people may judge her, but her love interest might not be ashamed to be seen with her.


She then speaks about the facade of society - these "Stepford-like lives" that people lead, which are nothing but a perfect disguise for envy and pride. She implores her love interest to be brave enough to face her and tell her the truth, even if it may break her. She calls for honesty from this person, be it love or hate, urging them to be truthful with her.


Overall, the song speaks to the universal desire we all have to be accepted for who we are and loved without any pretenses. It is a plea for genuine connections and relationships, free from societal pressures and expectations.


Line by Line Meaning

Could you love somebody like that?
Would you be willing to love someone like me with all my imperfections?


Could you attract someone like that?
Would you be attracted to someone like me who doesn't fit societal norms?


Could you go where people can't see someone like me Could you do that?
Would you be willing to be with me even if it means facing judgment and criticism from society?


Would you face me Make me listen to the truth even if it breaks me You can judge me, love me If you're hating me Do it honestly
Are you brave enough to confront me with the truth, even if it hurts me? Can you love me and accept me for who I am, even if you don't like certain things about me? And if you do hate me, can you be honest about it?


All I see are Stepford-like lives Needles and knives Beautiful lies Bringing out the green in your eyes A perfect disguise for envy and pride
Everywhere I look, people are conforming to a fake, perfect image. They're trying to fit in with society's expectations, harming themselves in the process. It only makes others envious and further feeds their pride.


You can tell me You can tell me You can tell me You can tell me
I want you to be honest with me, to tell me the truth even if it's hard to hear. I'm open to it and can handle it.


Would you face me Make me listen to the truth even if it breaks me Judge me, love me If you're hating me Do it honestly
Once again, can you confront me with the truth and judge me not just out of hate, but with honesty? Can you love me for who I am even if you don't like everything about me?




Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: CATT GRAVITT, ROBERT MARVIN, TOM SHAPIRO

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@JasonLSmallsJunior

[Verse 1]
Could you love somebody like that?
Could you attract someone like that?
Could you go where people can't see someone like me?
Could you do that?

[Chorus]
Would you face me?
Make me listen to the truth even if it breaks me?
You can judge me, love me
If you’re hating me, do it honestly

[Verse 2]
All I see are Stepford-like lives
Needles and knives, beautiful lies
Bringing out the green in your eyes
A perfect disguise for envy and pride

[Chorus]
Face me
Make me listen to the truth, even if it breaks me
You can judge me, love me
If you’re hating me, do it honestly

[Bridge]
You can tell me
You can tell me
You can tell me
You can tell me
You can tell me


[Chorus]
Face me
Make me listen to the truth, even if it breaks me
You can judge me, love me
If you’re hating me
Would you face me?
Make me listen to the truth even if it breaks me?
You can judge me, love me
If you’re hating me, do it honestly

[Outro]
You can tell me
You can tell me
You can tell me
You can tell me (If you're hating me)
Do it honestly
You can tell me
You can tell me
You can tell me
You can tell me
You can



@pierreochoa7290

Could you love somebody like that?
Could you attract someone like that?
Could you go where people can see someone like me?
Could you do that?

Would you face me?
Make me listen to the truth even if it breaks me?
You can judge me, love me
If you're hating me, do it honestly

All I see are stepford-like lives
Needles and knives, beautiful lies
Bringing out the green in your eyes
Perfect disguise for envy and pride

Face me
Make me listen to the truth even if it breaks me
Judge me, love me
If you're hating me, do it honestly

Face me
Make me listen to the truth even if it breaks me
You can judge me, love me
If you're hating me...

Would you face me?
Make me listen to the truth even if it breaks me
Judge me, love me
If you're hating me, do it honestly
Honestly, honestly, honestly



All comments from YouTube:

@raaacove-123

one of her most underrated song

@user-kp8zq4wh7n

Kelly Clarkson has never followed trends in mainstream music. To prove the point, almost all of her songs are pop rock mix. She didn't go pop punk in a full limit just like other artists (Avril Lavigne, Paramore, etc.) did, but she borrowed certain elements from it and blended them with other elements from such other genres as alternative, indie, pop, country. That's the perfect crossover, and that's why Kelly Clarkson's music is outstanding in its own right!!!!!!! She's such a legend.

@criminalmindsgirl2936

This is really a great song! This should have been released as a single.

@selenafanparasiempre

I agree with you 💯.

@RodrigoPereira-xu1wd

It’s so vulnerable, and yet powerful. Kelly has the most raw and touching songs! 💙

@bonkbonk02368

Criminally underrated

@volpe_lightsong

By far her strongest track. Alt Rock brings out the best in Clarkson's stellar vocals.

@reyjenetapia2559

I love this song so much it brought me to my knees to sing out all emotions to life

@AStickOnCheese

Chills.

@marzo8542

Honestly, this is worthy of being a single hit

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