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Ugly - 2NE1

English Lyrics by Vicky Huang

& Soniya Udayashankar

Intro: 

I put on my biggest smile, but inside I'm in denial

I’m not pretty enough, I’m not lovely enough

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

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Singing a song from my heart,

I dunno, where do I start

I’m not pretty enough, I’m not lovely enough

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

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Verse 1:

Why am I so hard on myself?

I just want to smile confidently,

But it's so hard when I don't like what I see

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I let out my tears, why can't I get over my fears?

Complaining again and again at my own reflection as I stare into the mirror

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Prechorus:

When I look back at me, unworthiness is all I see

Is everyone this blind to pretend, that they're really my friends

Is the world lying to me?

 

Chorus:

I think I'm ugly and nobody wants to love me

Just like her, I wanna be pretty

I wanna to be pretty

I lie to my face, tell myself I’m pretty

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I think I'm ugly and nobody wants to love me

Just like her, I wanna be pretty

I wanna to be pretty

I lie to my face, though I know I’m ugly

 

Verse 2:

You say, "I understand how you feel"

But don’t tell me so easily cause you don't know all the things that I conceal

 

When we get along, I'm tempted to reveal my song

The notes, the keys and the melodies,

If I sing them aloud, I'm scared you'll sing along

 

Prechorus:

So I kept to myself, and everything I wanna tell

I shout it out to the woods and fields, they might know how I feel

But they echo back somehow

 

Chorus:

I think I’m ugly and nobody wants to love me

Just like her, I wanna be pretty

I wanna be pretty

I lie to my face, tell myself I’m pretty

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I think I’m ugly and nobody wants to love me

Just like her I wanna be pretty

I wanna be pretty

Don’t lie to my face though I know I’m ugly

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Bridge:

All alone, I’m all alone

All alone, I’m all alone

I don't know where I can go,

I don't know which hand to hold

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Am I alone, am I alone?

(am I really alone?)

Am I alone, am I alone?

Then the forest whispers back,

The friends you have they've got your back,

they'd never leave you alone

 

Final Chorus:

Now thrown back at me, it seems my song's not my whole story

Been too scared to cross this Bridge,

but now that I did

My song's now complete, I sing it out proudly:

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I thought I was ugly, but right now I've learned to accept me

Cause I know that inside I'm pretty

And that makes me pretty

No one but yourself defines your beauty

(let nobody else define your beauty)

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Written August 5, 2017

When my friend first showed me this song, she definitely did not know how much it hit me. But maybe she does now, because although I wanted to hide it, I chose to vulnerably ask if she wanted to co-write this English cover with me.

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Originally, it's a pretty sad song — but I wanted it to have a light at the end of the tunnel. So we changed the ending, and turned it into an empowering song. A song that calls us to define ourselves as beautiful, because we can. And I will.

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