When I was thinking about the word respect yesterday, this was the first song that came to my mind. I know it seems like a strange choice, but this particular word has a more personal and internal meaning for me.
I first heard this song when I was in a life and death struggle with my own personal worth. Somehow, I had to learn to respect and love myself even though I didn’t feel like I had any worth. This song still brings me to tears and I just watched the video for the first time today and I think the video speaks to what this song has always meant for me.
Sometimes, we have to respect and love ourselves because the world is a cruel place. I think today, like so many other times throughout history, we need to learn to respect one another for our choices, whether we agree with them or not. Sometimes, the way we look and the attractions we have (whether it’s to someone of the same sex or the need to dress completely differently than what society expects) aren’t necessarily choices… sometimes that’s just the way we were born and it doesn’t make us any less beautiful or any less worthy of love and respect.
Every day is so wonderful
Then suddenly it’s hard to breathe.
Now and then I get insecure
From all the pain, I’m so ashamed.
I am beautiful no matter what they say.
Words can’t bring me down.
I am beautiful in every single way.
Yes, words can’t bring me down… Oh no.
So don’t you bring me down today.
To all your friends you’re delirious,
So consumed in all your doom.
Trying hard to fill the emptiness.
The pieces gone, left the puzzle undone.
is that the way it is?
You are beautiful no matter what they say
Words can’t bring you down….oh no
You are beautiful in every single way
Yes, words can’t bring you down, oh, no
So don’t you bring me down today…
No matter what we do
(no matter what we do)
No matter what we say
(no matter what we say)
We’re the song inside the tune
Full of beautiful mistakes
And everywhere we go
(and everywhere we go)
The sun will always shine
(the sun will always, always shine)
And tomorrow we might wake on the other side
We are beautiful no matter what they say
Yes, words won’t bring us down, no, no
We are beautiful in every single way
Yes, words can’t bring us down, oh, no
So don’t you bring me down today
Oh, yeah, don’t you bring me down today, yeah, ooh
Don’t you bring me down ooh… today
The Song Lyric Sunday theme for this week was to post a song about respect. Please feel free to click the link, read the rules and post one of your own.