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And you can bring me to my knees again
All the times, that I could beg you please, in vain
All the times, that I felt insecure, for you
And I leave my burdens at the door

But I'm on the outside
I'm looking in
I can see through you
See your true colors
'Cause inside you're ugly
You're ugly like me
I can see through you
See to the real you

All the times that I felt like this won't end
It's for you
And I tasted what I could never have
It was from you
All the times that I've cried, my intentions, full of pride
But I waste more time than anyone

But I'm on the outside
I'm looking in
I can see through you
See your true colors
'Cause inside you're ugly
You're ugly like me
I can see through you
See to the real you

All the times that I've cried
All this wasted, it's all inside
And I feel, all this pain, stuffed it down
It's back again
And I lie here in bed, all alone, I can't mend
But I feel tomorrow will be okay

But I'm on the outside
I'm looking in
I can see through you
See your true colors
'Cause inside you're ugly
You're ugly like me
I can see through you
See to the real you



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    TofuMar 12, 2009 at 9:55 pm
    I think he felt extremely insecure in this relationship because she was always playing mind games with him. He tried everything to make it work but nothing he ever did seemed enough for her. He wanted her compassion but she just continued to relate to him in a very disregardful and degrading way. It was as if she gained a huge satisfaction in making him feel needy and desparate for her love. That she wanted to make him feel like he couldn't get what he wanted. "And I tasted what I could never have, it was from you". Leaving the relationship and looking back he can clearly see that all the ugliness of his emotions had alot to do with how she made him feel. One of the main reason he's finding it hard to let go is because it was so abusive to his self esteem, perhaps this was her intention. Cause no matter how hard he tries to get over her, all his pain keeps resurfacing. All her abuses keep pounding in his head and now he's become a bitter man, holding a grudge. Through her, he became an ugly person, she succeeded in making him ugly inside just like her. That now he was exactly like her. Now he no longer wanted her compassion because he no longer feels any for her. His love has died. To him, she is just a truely ugly person right to the core. Someone very damaging, someone that he wants to expose as a love fraud. Someone he wants to hold a mirrow to (which is himself) and say see your ugly just like me. I am you. I am a reflection of what you have done. This is what you see because of what you've done. Karma, what you give you get back.
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    AnalyticalEmoDec 10, 2011 at 4:49 am
    This song is explaining and showing the complete mental breakdown of a battered man. He was in a relationship that he thought there was mutual love in, though one sought it and the other sought to burn it down. He tried and tried to show love an affection, just so she could see how love truely works. But everytime he made some sort of progression into gaining that true love, he just wound up back at square one, hurt more than the last time. He worked as hard as he could for as long as he could but wound up leaving her, still with that mental abuse fresh in his head. He sees himself as a failure, ugly in his own appearence, and saying that she herself is the creator of that product, meaning she is just as ugly as she made him.
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    UnregisteredJun 27, 2012 at 1:08 pm
    I think outside was a great song, i felt sorry for him after this song came out, and i was having bad thoughts that got to me... I love aaron lewis, he is a lyrical genus. And this is just like me but backwards, with the family. This song will be one my favorites as long as i live.
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    PoniUpPunkJun 22, 2012 at 8:04 am
    I know the truth.. As unspoken as it is. The lies condemns what is the eyes to the soul. No words scream louder than peeling back my skin with speech without meaning.
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    UnregisteredMay 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm
    I think its about a kid who so wanted his father to love him but saw how he really was inside the family home and not in public to where someone else could see. The father was a hero to everyone else but the kid saw how he and his mother were treated and if the kid acted up then the mother received the aftermath. This makes the kid a downtrotted youth and therefore "ugly" soul and the kid can finally see that the father has the same exact soul.

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