The lyrics are about loneliness, isolation, and the pressure to conform to society’s standards of beauty and success. The narrator sees the pain and sadness in the eyes of lonely people, and encourages them to step out of their comfort zone and embrace their true selves. The phrase “lonely people” may also be a reference to the Beatles’ song “Eleanor Rigby,” which has similar themes.
The line “you believe that lie that you need to hide your face, afraid to step outside” suggests that the lonely people are ashamed of who they are and feel that they have to hide from the world. The line “this is the poison we take” implies that this societal pressure is harmful and toxic to our mental health.
The line “we’ve got these ugly scars on our infected hearts” suggests that the pain and loneliness we feel have left deep emotional wounds. The narrator encourages us to embrace these scars and use them as a catalyst for change.
The chorus “come alive, come alive, go and light your light, let it burn so bright” is a call to action, encouraging the lonely people to be themselves and shine their own unique light in the world. The line “reaching up and if you think real beauty’s on the outside, well, that’s a far cry from the truth” suggests that true beauty comes from within, and that we should not judge ourselves or others based on superficial standards.
The final lines “save yourself from all the lies of the beautiful people, run from the lies of the beautiful people” suggest that the pressure to conform to society’s standards can be insidious and damaging. The narrator encourages us to reject these lies and embrace our true selves, even if it means stepping outside of our comfort zone.
Overall, the lyrics suggest a deep empathy for those who feel lonely and isolated, and a belief that true happiness and fulfillment come from being true to ourselves, even if it means rejecting societal norms and expectations.
by Steve Teare
The Greatest Showman
D major -58bpm
Lies of the Beautiful People
E Major – C# minor