Beautiful You
 
(Springfield)


Met her on a Monday
I probably should have stayed in bed
Cupid came to stay and he
set up shop inside my head

Beautiful You
You don't have a clue
You star in the story of my life
Beautiful You, Beautiful You
You took me down on my own knife

Bareback, my black
Bloody celebration day
On your body thank god 
I never had the nerve to say

Beautiful You
You don't have a clue
You starred in the story of my life
Beautiful You, Beautiful You
You took me down on my own knife

And you make me feel...
But I thought it was real

Beautiful You, Beautiful You

It feel like a Sunday
I think I'll just stay in bed

Beautiful You
You don't have a clue
You star in the story of my life
Beautiful You, Beautiful You
You took me down on my own knife

Beautiful you
You don't have a clue
You are the writer in my head
Beautiful You, Beautiful You
You took me down on my bed

It feels like a Monday
I think I'll just stay in bed

(total playing time 2:57)

Song Facts: This can be found on shock/denial/anger/acceptance

Rick says: It's about a relationship where you give more than you get, it doesn't stop you from loving the person any less, but it sure makes for a lot of angst. It's definitely a love song that has a lot of energy to it. - KKMJ Magic 95.5, Austin, TX

Also: ...regarding a relationship where you 
love the person more than they love you, and you give more than you get but that doesn't make you love them any less and it makes for a lot of anguish and actually, an okay song." ... this is probably the denial part."

Footnote - background photo was taken in St. Paul, MN on 7/2/04 by Renata Hearn during Beautiful You (after he smacked himself in the face with his guitar)

 

According to US

This is my favorite song on s/d/a/a. There, I've said it in writing so I've committed myself. However, I don't think I'll be changing my mind on this one. There is so much that I like about this song, that I could gush about it for hours. I'll try to hit the high points here, and not make this a novella so boring you'll never read another thing written by me again.

It's hard to know where to begin, so I'm starting with the beginning. :-) The music starts up, and right away I want to clap. Perhaps stand up and clap. Maybe sway along with the beat, it catches me that fast. I've already got a smile on my face. Rick's voice comes in, "Met her on a Monday, I probably should have stayed in bed" Right away, my interest is piqued. I hate Mondays too. I probably should have stayed in bed is my Monday morning motto. I want to know more. "But cupid came to stay and he set up shop inside my head" I'm such a sucker for a good ol' fashioned love song, especially one with a good beat you can dance to. By the time the chorus kicks in, I'm chiming in at the end. My "you's" sound like I'm a hound dog. 

After about my thousandth time listening to this song, I realize I like it so much because it could be me singing this to Rick. "Beautiful You, you don't have a clue - you star in the story of my life. Beautiful You - you are the writer in my head" I've already stated time and time again how I could not imagine my life today without Rick Springfield woven throughout it. I've also stated many times that the reason I stayed a Rick Springfield fan was that his music always spoke to my heart in a way I couldn't explain, even back when he was just my "teen idol". I listen to his music and I think, "Yeah, I agree." He just says it better than me.

This song reminds me of Jessie's Girl in it's simplicity. Jessie's Girl was not a lyrical masterpiece, yet it's the song that lured me in. The same can be said for this one. He's not really saying a whole lot here, and yet I feel that he doesn't really need to. Sometimes music is just meant to be fun in my opinion. I don't care why he wrote it, or whom he's referring to or what he actually means by "bare back my black bloody celebration day" (he changed that part and it STILL doesn't make sense). For the record I will chime in that I feel that the phrase "Beautiful You, you don't have a clue" stems from all those beautiful people that people tell them all the time that they are pretty but they don't believe it. We all think that there is something ugly about ourselves, and I think this is Rick's way of saying "You" as in a collective You - are beautiful. I could have used this song as a teen, however I'm glad I got it now. 

Watching Rick perform this one live also gives me a little kick. He gets this little bounce going when the first chorus kicks in, and I just love watching him sing this one. Next time you're at a show and this one starts up, check out his feet - I'm not lying there's some Tigger-ing going on. I may have to add to this review in the future if and when I get to see the video for this one, but boy I hope there's some bouncing going on in it. I was also hoping for some live footage, because not only do we have Rick bouncing up in the front, but the rest of the band singing backup on the "You's" with all their mouths in little O's is quite cute also. I'm sure they're not going for cute, but it is what it is. :-) - Michelle P.


This is one of the few songs that I can remember where I had an opinion as to what I thought the song was about and changed my mind based on what I read from others. Originally, I was thinking that "beautiful you, you don't have a clue" was referring to she didn't have a clue she was beautiful. I thought "you took me down on my own knife" meant that she cheated on him, after he cheated on her.
Now I do think that maybe the "you don't have a clue" means she doesn't have a clue that she's that much a part of his thoughts and the "took me down on my own knife" could possibly mean he's his own worst enemy within his obsession. 
This song has grown on me more and more. I think the best line in the song is "you took me down on my own knife". It'll be interesting to see what happens to the lyrics once this isn't the single anymore, whether they stay the same, or go back to being sung the right way. - rlh


Beautiful You is, well, beautiful. There is actually nothing that I don't like about it. It's not an 'overpowering' song and it's not a cheesy song. Some love songs could be in either of those categories for me. I love to watch Rick sing it live, because he does kinda bop up and down to it, and I find that so cute. LOL yeah, I am wierd. I look for 'different' little things like that. It seems like this is a fun and easy song to perform or even sing, so he is enjoying it, obviously.

"Beautiful You, you don't have a clue, you star in the story of my life"...everyone comments on this line, and it does grab you. This is also one of my favorites on this CD. It does fit nicely with the other songs even though it's not as 'harsh' or "pedal to the metal" like he calls it. -  Amy L