You're Beautiful

Album: Back to Bedlam (2005)
Charted: 1 1
  • My life is brilliant

    My life is brilliant
    My love is pure
    I saw an angel
    Of that I'm sure
    She smiled at me on the subway
    She was with another man
    But I won't lose no sleep on that
    'Cause I've got a plan

    You're beautiful
    You're beautiful
    You're beautiful, it's true
    I saw your face in a crowded place
    And I don't know what to do
    'Cause I'll never be with you

    Yes, she caught my eye
    As we walked on by
    She could see from my face that I was
    Fuckin' high
    And I don't think that I'll see her again
    But we shared a moment that will last 'til the end

    You're beautiful
    You're beautiful
    You're beautiful, it's true
    I saw your face in a crowded place
    And I don't know what to do
    'Cause I'll never be with you

    La-la-la-la
    La-la-la-la
    La-la-la-la, la

    You're beautiful
    You're beautiful
    You're beautiful, it's true
    There must be an angel with a smile on her face
    When she thought up that I should be with you
    But it's time to face the truth
    I will never be with you

Comments: 48

  • Andrea from Australia Mmmmmm this is really Interesting, I love the song although I never thought it as "sweet romantic " as more heartbreaking romantic and it still tears me up when I hear it to this very day.
  • Rich from Lake Wylie, ScIn a recent interview with the Huffington Post, James said:

    Everyone goes, "'Ah, he's so romantic. I want 'You're Beautiful' as my wedding song.'" These people are f*ked up... 'You're Beautiful' is not this soft romantic f*king song. It's about a guy who's high as a f*king kite on drugs in the subway stalking someone else's girlfriend when that guy is there in front of him, and he should be locked up or put in prison for being some kind of perv.
  • Matthew from Toronto, OnA maudlin, unexciting song, painful at times to listen to. But it was fun seeing Blunt perform the song wearing a pair of wellies (what the English call rubber boots) at the Glastonbury festival & then strutting about backstage still wearing them. I had to admit I had a new level of respect for them once I saw that.
  • Adrian from Johor Bahru, MalaysiaThe accompanying tune is probably copied from the Lonely Man, the theme from the Incredible Hulk TV series.
  • Ferenc from Budapest, HungaryTraditionally in old hungarian folk songs especially the ones from Transylvania the lines repeated I dont now about old english or irish ballads may be we witness an old tradition lurking back and using it again
  • Alexandre from Santos, BrazilI just don't know why so many people seem to enjoy picking on James Blunt. He's by far one of the greatest musicians of his generation. His songs are meant for those who love, want to love and wish to be loved. Albertoni, Bairro da Aparecida, Santos, Brazil. June 2, 2008.
  • Maladiq from Ploiesti, RomaniaIt is not the best song ever (personaly i prefer i don't want to miss a thing as the best love song because it takes the words out of my mouth), but it is a very good one.
    I bet many of those who say he has an annoying voice also think this about opera player. What James and the opera players have in common is tehnique. I'm not saying he is better than the opera playiers, but before judging try at least to sing as good as him. You can't do that falsetto, so shut up;)
  • Carmelc from Sydney, NsDespite some of the negative comments james Blunt has been given,he definately knows what he is doing yes he does have a plan and obviously whatever it may be,it most certainly is working.And whether your saying james blunt in a negative way or a positive way your still knowing his name now aren't you?I say brilliant good for him keep it up.its definately getting results.
  • Krys from Warner Robins, Gai dont know wy so many people say he can't sing. he is a brilliant singer, he takes falsetto to a new level
  • Vincent from Bucharest, RomaniaIt's a huge song .Simply perfect.
  • Richel from Santa Ana, Cait's shameful how those idiots would judge james blunt by this one song...well sure, go ahead..but have you heard all of his OTHER works, you fool?..unbelievable
    nevertheless, this song is in a league of its own
  • Kelly from Wilmington, NcThis song is beautiful.
    When you listen to the first bit, "My life is brilliant," that could literally mean great, but I always take it in the sarcastic sense-he sees his ex on a subway with another man, "Oh isn't my life just brilliant?" Everything else is pretty much explanitory. Has anyone else ever thought this?
  • Alefiyah from Muscat, Otherhis voice is different and i think quite good.
    i like singers with a diiferent typr of voice not routine.
    -alefiyah
  • Mike from Falmouth, MaOne more thing, chances are when Weird Al wrote "You're Pitiful" more than likely it was james blunt himself that gave him the inspiration. Face it, the guy's pitiful.
  • Mike from Falmouth, MaThis one the single most annoying songs i've ever had to put up with. With all due respect to our armed forces, this guy sounds like he had his balls removed. As a rock radio dj, i ALWAYS skipped over this song for the sake of the listeners. Their ain't nothin' beutiful about this tune.
  • Adam from Sydney, Australia......2 minutes since my last post and I've already penned a better song than this. You see, it's that easy folks!
  • Adam from Sydney, AustraliaOh, and I encourage everyone out there to start writing songs, because all of us can have a successful music career if this chimp can.
  • Adam from Sydney, AustraliaOh, and how did he ever make the army? my grandmother could snap his neck!
  • Adam from Sydney, AustraliaJames Blunt, my favourite cockney rhyming slang for the female reproductive organs which, incidentally, are far more attractive than him. How did this guy get a record deal!
  • Laura from London, EnglandMy friend was killed in a car accident three days before my birthday, and this was her favorite song. I hated the tune (the lyrics seem conceited. He doesn't know this girl at all, but he wants her just because she is good looking? No thank you) but after she died, it has become my favorite song. The lyrics describe it perfectly, because Grace was a beautiful person, and I don't know what to do because I will never be with her again, and I miss her more than anything.
  • Pxlism from Alkol, WvActually, when I first heard this, I really thought it was a song redone off of one of Elton John's old music, because it sounded so much like him. Well..at least I think so. Lol.
  • Summer from Murfreesboro, TnI think it's a wonderful song, but something still bugs the tar out of me. Why does James Blunt sing that first line twice? I thought when I first heard it that he just started the song prematurely and it was a goof, but then I hear him do that every time he performs this. Is it a British thing? Did James purposely write it that was because it has special significance in the song? Or is a goof they kept in because they thought it sounded kinda cool?
  • Jackie from San Diego, CaPlease don't judge him on this song because some of his other songs are way better. (maybe that's just because it's played to much on the radio, as others have said)

    and it might sound crazy but i love his voice it's really what makes the song amazing.
  • Racine from Truro, MaHas anyone heard "You're Pitiful" (Weird Al's spoof of "You're Beautiful)? It's one of the funniest things I've heard this year!
  • Steve from Burkburnett, Txi like the concept of it. I dont listen to mainstrean music enough so its not overplayed in my opinion. Its a real "down to earth song"
  • Trinity from Dl, MnIt is a sad day when a man can make a hit song with a voice like that.
  • Brittany from VirginiaGAH! He doesn't sound like Rod Stewart. And I have to agree with everyone who has said it's overplayed. I'm tired of hearing it by now.
  • Doug from Balintore, Scotlandthe lyrics for this are just terrible in that 'being sick all over the closest person' kind of way
  • Bianca from Windsor, Canadathis is th best song ever!! I can so relate to his last line "But it's time to face the truth i will never be with you" it's so beautiful i wish it wasn't played on the radio so much though because then it becomes old really fast!
  • Jordan from Toronto, CanadaDefinatly among the most annoying songs out there. Heard it in my dentist's office, I would have ran if there weren't sharp instruments in my mouth.
  • Chris from Derwood, MdThis man is a pothead
  • Jc from Auckland, New ZealandIf you ever saw "Rove Live" the guy said that this song is just wierd because he said imagine if you were the new boyfriend...they played the song and he said sonething after each line..OMG it was SO funny...He says things like "Stop busking and stop looking at my girlfriend!!" and after Jame Blunt sing "Cause ive got a plan" he says "Yeah and that plan should be to go away!!" Bit offensive for Jame Blunt and his fans but its just so funny!!But anyway...i dont really like the song.. his voice is a little not my style..I rather like the Wisemen song...hehe
  • Anindya from London, FranceI think the song is fab!!.. James Blunt is reallly cute!!.. song rocks!!
  • Matt from Marion, IaWow. Another one of those cool songs that would be a lot cooler if top 40 radio didn't run it into the ground. Oh well. I find it touching (or maybe I'm a sucker for those sad-but-sweet songs...)
  • Caitlin from Upper Township, NjThe song is pretty and io like the lyrics and music, but i really don't like James Blunt. He just has a very annoying voice. I would love it if this song was done by somebody else.
  • Spencer from West Milford, NjI like the song. My Dad thought it was Rod Stewart. It is very over played. I like it
  • Amay from Edison, NjDon't like the song too much...Like a really annoying Rod Stewart.
  • Troy from London, EnglandThis is the most over played song in years, everyone in the UK is sick to death of hearing it and his winey tones. It is, however very apt that his name could be rhyming slang...
  • Terry from Northampton, EnglandWhen i first heard this song (about 2 months before it was released)i thought "thats not much of a song." By the time it was released i had heard it about 50 times and it had just simply grew on me.It actually became a great song.I wanted it to get to no.1,but it didnt,then it did.What a surprise after being so long in the charts.By this time of course,i had heard it 100 times.One of the best songs this century.
  • Benoit from Paris, FranceYes, I, too, think he sounds like he a little girl, a falsetto...or an silly teenager. I definetly cannot stand his voice, and switch channel everytime I see an advertising about him on french TV. He looks/sounds incredibly foolish and astounded...In my opinion, the lyrics are "flat" : how annoying/incredibly banal to many (in my country, at least, presuming it's everywhere about the same!) females is the "you're beautiful" (!!!) sentence to listen !!! To how many girls we love would we say "you look awful" ??
    I don't think he can even be compared to (great!) Rod Steewart, and about "sentimental" songs, I find Colplay, from far, much more mature and inspired.
    I wonder why he seems to be so successful : maybe because, unlike too many others so called "artists", Blunt makes real music, but nothing more...just casual music.
    Sorry for people who like him (we all are free to like or not), but I still find usual compliments made about him oversized !
  • Parmonie from Westfield, MaHe DOES sound like Rod Stewart! When I first heard it on the radio, I thought it was. Then I saw the video..
  • Phil from Niagara Falls, CanadaThis song became very annoying. Overplayed. It sound like his nose is pinched when he says "your beautiful". also, MadTV made fun of this song and the video, they parodied it
  • Yusuf from Mumbai, IndiaJames Blunt has a very different kind of a voice.I think he sounds good.This is an amazing song ,absolutely love it.The video is also very good.His other songs like goodbye my lover and wisemen are also good
  • Jessica from Orangeville, CanadaJames Blunt sounds like he is a little girl
  • Brandy from Seattle, WaI cannot stand this song!!!! I'm not for the whole falsetto thing. His voice makes me want to gauge out my eardrums.
  • AnonymousAh yes, the falsetto is back, for the first time since when? Biz Marikie on 'Just a Friend'?
  • Bob from San Diego, CaAt the beginning of the song he mentions how he won't lose any sleep over the girl being with another man "cause Ive got a plan." The song seems to go on and contradict that line because he repeatedly says "I dont know what to do." Judging from the video, it seems like suicide is the plan. Still a cool song since I think that is an optional interpretation of that lyric.
  • Rick from Humboldt, IaIncredible song.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Hawksley WorkmanSongwriter Interviews

One of Canada's most popular and eclectic performers, Hawksley tells stories about his oldest songs, his plentiful side projects, and the ways that he keeps his songwriting fresh.

History Of RockSong Writing

An interview with Dr. John Covach, music professor at the University of Rochester whose free online courses have become wildly popular.

Jimmy WebbSongwriter Interviews

Webb talks about his classic songs "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman" and "MacArthur Park."

Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of WayneSongwriter Interviews

The guy who brought us "Stacy's Mom" also wrote the Jane Lynch Emmy song and Stephen Colbert's Christmas songs.

Macabre Mother Goose: The Dark Side of Children's SongsSong Writing

"London Bridge," "Ring Around the Rosie" and "It's Raining, It's Pouring" are just a few examples of shockingly morbid children's songs.

Name the Character in the SongMusic Quiz

With a few clues (Works at a diner, dreams of running away), can you name the character in the song?