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I always loved this song by TLC…

04 Jun

“Unpretty” is a great song by itself, but the music video together with the lyrics tie so much into what we’ve studied this term! Also, is Left Eye signing??? Here are the lyrics I grabbed from the internet:

I wish could tie you up in my shoes
Make you feel unpretty too
I was told I was beautiful
But what does that mean to you
Look into the mirror who’s inside there
The one with the long hair
Same old me again today (yeah)

My outsides look cool
My insides are blue
Everytime I think I’m through
It’s because of you
I’ve tried different ways
But it’s all the same
At the end of the day
I have myself to blame
I’m just trippin’

[Chorus:]
You can buy your hair if it won’t grow
You can fix your nose if he says so
You can buy all the make up
That M.A.C. can make
But if you can’t look inside you
Find out who am I too
Be in the position to make me feel
So damn unpretty
I’ll make you feel unpretty too

Never insecure until I met you
Now I’m bein’ stupid
I used to be so cute to me
Just a little bit skinny
Why do I look to all these things
To keep you happy
Maybe get rid of you
And then I’ll get back to me (hey)

My outsides look cool
My insides are blue
Everytime I think I’m through
It’s because of you
I’ve tried different ways
But it’s all the same
At the end of the day
I have myself to blame
I’m just trippin’

[Chorus]

[Chorus]

Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh (oh)
Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh (oh)

[Chorus]

[Chorus]

 

(http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/tlc/unpretty.html)

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1 Comment

Posted by on June 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

One response to “I always loved this song by TLC…

  1. mollyburness

    June 7, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Man oh man! This video is loaded with topics of beauty and race! Here’s one: how productive is this video if it shows female strength and independence from men to such an extreme? This video is strongly female-dominated. Almost every shot contains only women, and those that do contain men have them alone; the women barely interact with the men because they are so extremely independent. And when a female finally does interact with a male toward the end of the video, she essentially abuses him. While this depiction of female self-sufficiency, and confidence is powerful and sends a clear message, it is not an image of a productive male-female relationship. In my opinion, both messages- the extreme, unproductive, and powerful one, and the relatively boring, but productive one- are options for the creator of this video (TLC). Why do you think TLC chose the former approach? Why not create a realistic scene that viewers could potentially apply to their lives? Why did TLC go for the forceful, intense approach? Is this choice characteristic of TLC, pop music, music videos, or some other group?

     

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