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"Scars To Your Beautiful" is a song by Alessia Cara which serves as the third single from her debut album Know-It-All.

Background and release

Cara first performed the song at TEDxTeen 2015, and later released it as part of Know-It-All. On July 26, 2016, the song was serviced to Top 40 radio. In an interview with Idolator, Cara explained the meaning behind the track. "Basically, that song is about body image. It’s directed at women, but I think men can relate to it as well. It’s just a song about these things that certain women go through on a daily basis in order to feel loved or in order to love themselves. I think that’s such a thing that goes on in today’s world. These weird things are instilled in us. You know? That tell us that we’re not good enough or that there’s only one kind of beauty. This song basically is contradicting that idea. It’s saying, “Well, if the world doesn’t like how you look then they should change. They should change their perspective. You don’t have to change yourself.” I mean, I thought that that was important, you know, just to put out next. Especially because I think that’s kind of the direction we’re going in, you know, with Here."

Critical Reception

The song was praised for its motivational and empowering lyrics.[1] It was also featured on Billboard's 100 Best Pop Songs of 2016 list, ranking at number 77.[2]

Chart Performance

The song performed incredibly well, charting at #13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and within the top 40 in various other countries.

Music Video

The music video was released on July 11, 2016. It features various real women and men, each with their own stories and insecurities, along with famous singer JoJo. They talk about going through hardships with people judging them for who they are, as well as the importance of being different and being yourself, rather than changing yourself. At the end of the video, Cara leaves a written message for viewers, "Often times, the world both directly and indirectly tells us that we shouldn't be happy with ourselves if we don't fit certain beauty standards. Scars to your beautiful is a reminder that beauty isn't only one look, shape, size, or colour. It isn't even always tangible. It comes in an endless amount of forms and we need to recognize that."

Alessia Cara - Scars To Your Beautiful

Alessia Cara - Scars To Your Beautiful

Remixes

Five remixes were released on Cara's VEVO channel.

Lyrics

She just wants to be beautiful
She goes unnoticed, she knows no limits
She craves attention, she praises an image
She prays to be sculpted by the sculptor
Oh, she don't see the light that's shining
Deep within the eyes, can't find it
Maybe we have made her blind
So she tries to cover up her pain and cuddle woes away
Cause cover girls don't cry after their face is made

But there's a hope that's waiting for you in the dark
You should know you're beautiful just the way you are
And you don't have to change a thing
The world could change its heart
No scars till you're beautiful, we're stars and we're beautiful
And you don't have to change a thing
The world could change its heart
No scars till you're beautiful, we're stars and we're beautiful

She has dreams to be an envy, so she's starving
You know, cover girls eat nothing
She says "beauty is pain and there's beauty in everything
What's a little bit of hunger?"
I could go a little while longer, she fades away
She don't see her perfect, she don't understand she's worth it
Or that beauty goes deep within the surface
So to all the girls that's hurting
Let me be your mirror, help you see a little bit clearer
The light that shine's within

There's a hope that's waiting for you in the dark
You should know you're beautiful just the way you are
And you don't have to change a thing
The world could change its heart
No scars till you're beautiful, we're stars and we're beautiful

No better you than the you that you are
No better life thnt the life we're living
No better time for your shine, you're a star
Oh, you're beautiful, oh, you're beautiful

And there's a hope that's waiting for you in the dark
You should know you're beautiful just the way you are
And you don't have to change a thing
The world could change its heart
No scars till you're beautiful, we're stars and we're beautiful
And you don't have to change a thing
The world could change its heart
No scars till you're beautiful, we're stars and we're beautiful


Audio

Alessia Cara - Scars To Your Beautiful (Audio)

Alessia Cara - Scars To Your Beautiful (Audio)


References

  1. idolator.com - Critical reception
  2. billboard.com - Billboard Top 100 Pop Songs of 2016
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