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Okay, let’s just jump straight into it. Remember this is my interpretation and I am not, I repeat not, saying this is what Grace meant when she wrote these words… but this is definitely what Grace meant when she wrote these words. Nah.. I’m just kidding. Hope you enjoy! ;)

Also, fun fact, Grace wrote this on her own. First Stray (of recent songs), now this masterpiece. She is on a roll, people.

[Verse 1]

“Lower East Side and it’s pouring out
Don’t you look right at me now”

This feels like she is telling us a story and I can picture it so clearly in my mind; after all, Grace is a brilliant storyteller. Okay, so I’m picturing that it is a cloudy evening out and either she and her friend are getting soaked in the rain, or she said “pouring out” so this seems to me like they are inside somewhere watching the rain, through a window of course. The setting is the Lower East Side of Manhattan where Grace debuted the song “Stray” at The Slipper Room.

However, what she says next “don’t you look right at me now” shows that she could be either; a. A hot mess soaked to the bone and thinking she looks awful; or b. She is overwhelmed with so many feelings that she is scared the person might read them on her face. What are these feelings? Let us sing along with Grace to find out, shall we?

“Is it you or are the lights
Getting brighter in the night”

Now here we can conclude that they are inside a building (or underneath a street light that is getting brighter as the day gets darker). Either way, I can still picture it in my head. Night is falling clearly with “getting brighter in the night”. Also, you know when you’ve known a person for so long and you know they are beautiful, but it wasn’t until that particular moment when the light is perfect that you happened to see more of that person’s natural beauty? Just like, “damn, what?”, but then you think, “is it just the lights? Or am I just too in love, thinking that you are shining brighter than these lights”.

Or maybe like, “Oh my god how can you look this great? Must be the lights. But my gut tells me differently”. So “getting brighter in the night” could be looked at totally differently.

“Let’s get coffee at our favorite spot
We can sit around, not talk a lot”

Suddenly, they are going out to get coffee at their favorite spot, possibly a regular spot to chill and hang out together. So, I believe they are just friends (in case you were wondering) for now…maybe. They are super comfortable with each other at any rate as conversation happens easily and sometimes they don’t even need to say much at all. They can just enjoy the atmosphere, the wonderful coffee and each other’s presence. A genuine relationship. Not forced or fake at all.

“But you’re so chill, you keep it cool
I am not, I’m such a fool”

But they are friends…wait, no, I actually think a crush is happening here. They both have one, neither of them know the other one is infatuated, however. He’s keeping his cool and seems…not unaffected, but controlled and confident, in conversation, but she is…not so much. I’m picturing the real deal of a nervous crush here for Grace with all of the stuttering, weird awkward glances, sweaty palms, nervous laughs, fumbling over her words and feet until eventually she embarrasses herself by spilling something or knocking over stuff. All of this mess leads to one question and the reason why Grace is crushing so hard.

[Chorus]

“Damn, you’re so beautiful
And don’t you know it?
Don’t you? Don’t you?
Don’t you? Don’t you?
Damn, you’re so beautiful
And don’t you know it?
Don’t you? Don’t you?
I think you do”

Because damn, they are so damn beautiful and they know it, right?. Not in a conceited way as Grace tries to get across by turning the kind of an accusation if you think of it (which will be explained around the bridge) as a question. Grace is conflicted: I know you’re beautiful, I think you know it too, but you don’t act like you do. You are just you; so confident and composed. But you must know, though, right, because how else are you this way? How can you not see what I see? I really think you do.

[Verse 2]

“Walk and laugh but not say anything
Let’s sit down and think of what we could be
If you wanted to say something
You would say, promise me”

Oh, the tension is building. The coffee and the rain are over with and they are now out for a walk. It suddenly feels awkward. They are both overwhelmed by their feelings. They both no longer have anything to say. Both are showing how awkward and how unsure the situation is by walking in silence and laughing at random times because of their nerves.

Then one suggests (Grace possibly) “Let’s sit down and think of what we could be”, but somehow there is a misunderstanding. Everything is left unclear, which brings us to:

“Walking like it’s my surprise
Falling over the fear of looking into your eyes
But now I am questioning
I caught you looking at me”

The “date”, or whatever, is almost over. It is like when you are with your crush and you take every opportunity to not look in their eyes because you are afraid of what you might see. Grace seems to be trying to look anywhere but in the person’s eyes for the fear of doing just that. However, she ends up taking a glance, “…falling over the fear…” despite her efforts and her fears, and to her surprise, she has caught this person staring at her also. Now she is questioning, “maybe, just maybe, this person likes me more than a friend and thinks I’m just as mesmerizing?” Which completely changes the meaning of the second chorus.

[Bridge]

“And who do you think you are?
Who do you think you are?
Messin’ with my eyes
And making me overthink my lines
I think I’m falling blind
Who do you think you are?
And who do you think you are?
I’m lookin’ back to say goodbye
Losin’ you all in my mind
I think it’s all in my…
Who do you think you are?
And who do you think you are?
Messin’ with my eyes
And making me overthink my lines
I think I’m falling blind
Who do you think you are?
And who do you think you are?
I’m lookin’ back to say goodbye
Losin’ you all in my mind
I think it’s all in my mind”

Grace is outright blaming this person for being so “damn” beautiful that it’s messing her up, clouding her judgement, making her second guess herself and her words.

Reminds me of a song by Alessia Cara called I’m Yours where she basically, in the verses, curses the person for trying to be with her and for liking her. Like, how dare you come here and mess up my lonely and tear down my walls that I’ve built around my heart?

This kind of has the same feeling with the bridge here.

It’s funny because Grace has gone back to blaming the person as if it is their fault for being just too attractive. Like, “Damn you for making me feel this way! For being so beautiful inside and out that i can’t seem to do anything right when i am with you. But, that, before… was it all in my mind?

In the last three lines Grace has ended the story; “Okay, fine. Goodbye. No I’m not fine. I don’t think I’ll be able to stop thinking about you and that one moment I thought I had seen something more in your eyes. I really need you to tell me if you feel the same or not because I think I am going to lose my freaking mind if you don’t!”

“But, damn you’re so beautiful… “

Then the final chorus comes and Grace’s beautiful vocal chords ends it with “I know you do…” So, I am positive this story ended on a good, but possibly frustrating note.

For the record. I know that Grace has said that her intention with this song is to make people feel confident within themselves and to know that they are truly beautiful, but this perspective was far more fun to write and explain! ;)

Thank you though Grace. You truly are the GOAT (Greatest of all Time).

Well, that is all folks. That was my take on the new single entitled Ur So Beautiful by Grace VanderWaal.

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