Beautiful
Mandalay Lyrics


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You can depend
On certainty
Count it out and weigh it up again
You can be sure
You've reached the end
And still you don't feel

You know about anything

Do you know you're beautiful
Do you know you're beautiful
Do you know you're beautiful
You are, yes you are

You can ignore
What you've become
Take it out and see it die again
You can be here
For who's a friend
And still you don't feel

You know about anything

Do you know you're beautiful
Do you know you're beautiful
Do you know you're beautiful
You are, yes you are

Innermost thoughts
Will be understood and
You can have all you need

Do you know you're beautiful
Do you know you're beautiful




Do you know you're beautiful
You are, yes you are

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Mandalay’s song Beautiful are introspective and complex, inviting the listener to contemplate their self-worth and the uncertainty that comes with seeking validation from external sources. The song opens with the lines, "You can depend on certainty, Count it out and weigh it up again, You can be sure you've reached the end," which suggest a sense of resolution and finality, but it quickly becomes clear that this isn't truly the case. The singer asserts that even though one has reached the end of a journey, they still don't feel like they know anything, as if knowledge and understanding are always out of reach.


The chorus delivers a message of reassurance and affirmation, with the repetition of the line "Do you know you're beautiful?" serving as a reminder that one's worth isn't determined by their achievements, but by their inherent value as an individual. The second verse emphasizes the importance of having friendships and human connection, but also acknowledges that true validation can only come from within. The final lines of the song promise that innermost thoughts will be understood and that one can have all they need if they realize their own worth.


In summary, Mandalay's Beautiful is a song that explores the struggle of finding self-worth while navigating the complexities of external expectations and validation. Its introspective lyrics and dreamy, atmospheric sound make it a powerful meditation on the value of individuality and the importance of self-love.


Line by Line Meaning

You can depend
You have the ability to trust and rely on something or someone


On certainty
This dependency is based on a sure and definite conviction


Count it out and weigh it up again
You can measure and reassess this certainty, ensuring its validity


You can be sure
You have the ability to be confident and certain


You've reached the end
You have accomplished a significant and definitive goal


And still you don't feel
Despite your achievements, you lack a sense of satisfaction or fulfillment


You know about anything
You possess knowledge and understanding about many subjects


Do you know you're beautiful
The artist is reminding the listener of their inherent beauty


Do you know you're beautiful
The beauty referred to is not just physical, but has deeper meaning


Do you know you're beautiful
The third repetition emphasizes the importance of recognizing one's beauty


You are, yes you are
A reaffirmation of the listener's beauty and worth


You can ignore
You have the ability to refuse to acknowledge or engage with something


What you've become
This refers to one's current state or identity


Take it out and see it die again
You can remove this persona and witness its demise


You can be here
You have the ability to exist and be present in the moment


For who's a friend
This presence can be shared with someone who is a true companion


And still you don't feel
Even with a trusted friend, you are still missing a sense of contentment or happiness


You know about anything
You have a wide range of knowledge and experience


Do you know you're beautiful
The singer is once again reminding the listener of their beauty


Do you know you're beautiful
The beauty being spoken about is not superficial or surface level


Do you know you're beautiful
The final repetition emphasizes the importance of recognizing one's beauty


You are, yes you are
A final reaffirmation of the listener's worth and beauty


Innermost thoughts
Your deepest, most intimate ideas and reflections


Will be understood and
These innermost thoughts will be comprehended or acknowledged


You can have all you need
With this knowledge and acceptance of yourself, you have everything necessary for fulfillment




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Capitol CMG Publishing
Written by: Carole King

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