Welcome

Come on and join author Melissa Bradley as she sets off on her latest adventure...

WARNING

If you are not 18, please exit stage left. While there is normally nothing naughty here, I do write and review erotica so there are links to spicy stuff and the occasional heated excerpt.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

U Is For...


U Is For...Unpretty

TLC are my girls from way back and their music inspired me a lot with their message of girl power and being true to yourself. I remember that wild attitude, sassy spirit and sexy cool sound when they burst on the scene back in 1991. Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas changed forever the term girl group. They did things their way and always showed girls and young women they could be who they wanted to be no matter what was stacked against them. They never let what other people thought bring them down. No matter the personal strife or drama, they were sisters together at the end of the day.

Unpretty is one of my favorite songs from them. It is a deeply personal song about self love co-written by T-Boz and was the second single off their tremendously successful Fanmail album. It's a message I think that every young girl needs to hear. It's about learning to love who you are, believe in yourself and not let others dictate your beauty. No matter what, you are enough and always will be.



Unpretty

I wish could tie you up in my shoes
Make you feel unpretty too
I was told I was beautiful
But what does that mean to you
Look into the mirror who's inside there
The one with the long hair
Same old me again today (yeah)

My outsides look cool
My insides are blue
Everytime I think I'm through
It's because of you
I've tried different ways
But it's all the same
At the end of the day
I have myself to blame
I'm just trippin'

[Chorus:]
You can buy your hair if it won't grow
You can fix your nose if he says so
You can buy all the make up
That M.A.C. can make
But if you can't look inside you
Find out who am I too
Be in the position to make me feel
So damn unpretty
I'll make you feel unpretty too

Never insecure until I met you
Now I'm bein' stupid
I used to be so cute to me
Just a little bit skinny
Why do I look to all these things
To keep you happy
Maybe get rid of you
And then I'll get back to me (hey)

My outsides look cool
My insides are blue
Everytime I think I'm through
It's because of you
I've tried different ways
But it's all the same
At the end of the day
I have myself to blame
I'm just trippin'

[Chorus]

[Chorus]

Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh (oh)
Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh (oh)

[Chorus]

22 comments:

  1. Great post and I loved the video. Never heard of these girls before. Oh and I have to say it, "Pretty is as Pretty does." :)Smiles are always beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh my gosh I forgot all about this song. It is such a fantastic song and I truly miss this group. You're right every young girl should hear this song because girls can be so hard on themselves and sometimes forget that it's okay to be exactly who they are despite what others think.

    ReplyDelete
  3. OMG, I was TLC's biggest fan when I was a teenager!:) "Creep", "Red Light Special", "Waterfalls"... those are amazing songs. "Unpretty" had a great message, and its lyrics are so memorable. TLC totally rock, and so do you! :) GREAT post, hon!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh, I love this song. I don't know if you ever watch Glee, but on their last episode, they did a cover of Unpretty that I thought was very well done. And actually fit into the storyline really well.

    ReplyDelete
  5. UNPRETTY was such a huge hit back in those days. I also loved SCRUB from them :)

    And Una is BTW a name for one of the rivers in my country :) Celebs often give names to their kids after Serbian rivers :) Robert De Niro for example named his daughter Drina after one of the biggest Serbian rivers.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Melissa - Loved TLC. Great video. =D

    ReplyDelete
  7. I remember that group and that song! I loved it.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Oh my gosh, I had forgotten this song as well. Great song, and great post for U!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Deep, deep song. Love, love, loved Waterfalls!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Melissa, here's to making it this far, congratulations! I have an award for you!!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Beautiful array of colors in the video and all beautiful women, just the way they are.

    ReplyDelete
  12. It may come as a surprise—I am a guy—but I actually dug some TLC. They were pretty much an unavoidable musical force on the school radio, so I had to develop some form of respect.

    Nice post!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Really a beautiful love song, I think he deserves that U

    ReplyDelete
  14. @Siv I'm so glad you got to experience TLC here. They were a wonderful group that had some pretty powerful messages to share. I love that line about Pretty is as Pretty does. And yes, smiles are very beautiful. :)

    @Nicole I miss them, too. If I could, I would make this song required listening for girls. We are so hard on ourselves and hold ourselves to impossible standards.

    @Nebular Aww... thank you sweetheart! You rock, too. I love, love those songs. No Scrubs, too. Man, I loved to dance to them. They were so great and still are, though I have not heard about T-Boz and Chilli musically in a while.

    ReplyDelete
  15. @M.J. Yes! I saw that on Glee. It was such a beautiful rendition. Rachel and Quinn did a fantastic job. I cried and cried the first time I heard this song because it spoke volumes to me.

    @Dez Oh hon, I loved No Scrubs, too. What a tune to really get you moving and show off some sass.

    I did not know that the name Una. Thanks for sharing. Serbia has some very beautifully named rivers. Drina is gorgeous and so is Una.

    @RaShelle Hey there! Wasn't TLC great? I miss them so much.

    ReplyDelete
  16. @Clarissa I just had to share this song because I have loved it from the moment I heard it.

    @Julie Thank you! I'm happy I could reignite this song for you. :)

    @J.L. Oh how I loved Waterfalls as well. Still do. :)

    @Elizabeth Thank you so very much! This award means a lot to me. :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. @Gail I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiment. Beauty is all shapes, sizes, colors, every one is beautiful in their own way.

    @Matt It does my heart good to hear that you dug my girls. TLC was pretty everywhere at one time and I sorely miss them.

    @Leovi This is such a beautiful song and yes, deserves that U. :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. I remember TLC and this song. Loved it!

    Ellie Garratt

    ReplyDelete
  19. I've never heard of TLC before--but great post!

    ReplyDelete
  20. @N4M3L3SS Hi! It's good to see you here. I appreciate the comment and the follow very much.

    @Ellie This was a great song, wasn't it? TLC really left their mark.

    @Golden Eagle Thank you! Hope you enjoyed the song.

    ReplyDelete

I love, love comments, so please leave your thoughts. I may not always be able to answer directly, but please know that what you say is very important to me.