Pretty Hurts

Beyoncé

Album BEYONCÉ

Produced by Ammo and Beyoncé Knowles
Intro: Harvey Keitel & Beyoncé

Ms. Third Ward, your first question:
What is your aspiration in life?
Oh, well my aspiration in life would be… to be happy

Verse 1

Mama said, “You’re a pretty girl
What’s in your head, it doesn’t matter
Brush your hair, fix your teeth
What you wear is all that matters”

Pre-Chorus

Just another stage
Pageant the pain away
This time I’m gonna take the crown
Without falling down, down, down

Chorus

Pretty hurts
We shine the light on whatever’s worst
Perfection is a disease of a nation
Pretty hurts, pretty hurts
Pretty hurts
We shine the light on whatever’s worst
Tryna fix something
But you can’t fix what you can’t see
It’s the soul that needs a surgery

Verse 2

Blonder hair, flat chest
TV says bigger is better
South beach, sugar free
Vogue says thinner is better

Pre-Chorus

Just another stage, pageant the pain away
This time I’m gonna take the crown
Without falling down, down, down

Chorus

Pretty hurts
We shine the light on whatever’s worst
Perfection is a disease of a nation
Pretty hurts, pretty hurts
Pretty hurts
We shine the light on whatever’s worst
We try to fix something
But you can’t fix what you can’t see
It’s the soul that needs the surgery

Bridge

Ain’t got no doctor or pill that can take the pain away
The pain’s inside and nobody frees you from your body
It’s the soul, it’s the soul that needs surgery
(It’s my soul that needs surgery)
Plastic smiles and denial can only take you so far
Then you break when the fake façade leaves you in the dark
You left with shattered mirrors and the shards of a beautiful past

Chorus

Pretty hurts
We shine the light on whatever’s worst
Perfection is a disease of a nation
Pretty hurts, pretty hurts
Pretty hurts
We shine the light on whatever’s worst
Tryna fix something
But you can’t fix what you can’t see
It’s the soul that needs a surgery

Outro

When you’re alone all by yourself
And you’re lying in your bed
Reflection stares right into you
Are you happy with yourself?
You stripped away the masquerade
The illusion has been shed
Are you happy with yourself?
Are you happy with yourself?
Yeah, yes (Ah, ah, ah)

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