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Tim Minchin – Beauty lyrics

Beauty is a harlot
She will dance with any bastard
She's undiscerning in her choice of partners
I could have her of course, if I wished
But I object to her promiscuousness
Beauty just doesn't suit me

Beauty is a harlot
An easy lane for lazy artists
I won't be fooled by her vulgar charm
It is the easiest trick in the book
Music's the worm and beauty's the hook
And I'm sure you would swallow her whole
But I'm not here to satisfy souls

Beauty is a siren
Trying to draw me from my chosen mission
I won't be tempted by her seductive singing
On principle, I refuse to be party to her abuse
It is not my job to squat in the gutter
Sharing the teat with you beauty-drunk suckers
You paid to see satire and rage
I swear I won't let beauty set foot on this stage

Beauty is a harlot
A spotlight-hogging, superficial starlet
She will toy with your defenceless heart and leave you
Tear-streaked when the lights come on
You look around to find her gone
And despite your size, you've not a clue
That as you fell for her, she stole from you

Beauty is harlot
She will lie with any two-bit artist
And for all those other bloody bastards
She seems to come so easily
But she comes so hard
To me

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    Tim's ironic song explains to his listeners why his songs and shows are always satirical, hard edged, blunt, confronting etc. (as his audience expects and pays the ticket price for) and why there is no room in his act for soft, sweet, beautiful songs that are written and performed for beauties sake alone without twists and turns, punch lines and sharp edges. The catch is that this song is in fact a very soft, sweet and beautiful song (irony).
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    Edwin John Mirasol
    I really love this song so much. Lots of methapor and wordplay. The hook:)) " beauty is a harlot. Its hard to know what tim minchin really meant for this song. But for me. As I just really love tim minchin. I think. This song is about love songs:) coz. Tim minchin didn't write love songs and love song is the only way for other musicians to have fame, coz its the easy thing to write coz everypeople knows how to love. And I think he values love songs. Sorry for my bad english:))
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    I think he means "Beauty" as a sort of thing you have. A lot of artists nowadays get famous for their looks, when they actually can't really sing at all. Autotune. What Tim is trying to say at the beginning, I reckon, is that he doesn't care much about his appearance. That's why he's not trying to be the most attractive man on stage and stuff like that. And in the end he's like, oh man, I said all this stuff because I was trying to make myself feel better, because I think I'm not beautiful. That's why he sings: "She comes so hard to me." Because it's hard for him to look and or feel beautiful. That's what I reckon.
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