Mariah Carey ft. Miguel “#Beautiful” Lyrics Breakdown: Here Comes the Summer

Mariah Carey Miguel Beautiful Lyrics

Posted by on 05/16/2013 at 6:38 PM Lyrics

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How do you write a perfect summer song? It’s all in the details. Since Mariah Carey and Miguel’s “#Beautiful” is one of the best examples of the form we’ve heard in a while, why don’t we take a look under the hood to see what makes it work?

Ah ah you’re beautiful
Ah ah you’re beautiful

First we start off with this little tease. Nothing super-complicated, just the sort of earworm-y mini-hook that Mariah’s specialized in over the course of her career.

Hop on the back of my bike
Let the good wind blow through your hair

Then comes the real intro. We’re missing a lot of crucial information here—who Miguel is, what our relationship with him is—but that’s kind of the point. Background is unnecessary. All that matters is this moment: a boy, a girl and a bike.

With a a– like that, and a smile so bright
Oh you’re killing me, you know it ain’t fair

No, that’s not us being prudes, Miguel really does censor his own swears. In the hands of someone like Karmin this can be infuriating, but here it’s a delightful little touch, bringing a bit of sunny innocence to the song.

Ride on, through the middle of the night
Let moonlight kiss your skin
When you dance like that, your jeans so tight
Oh you’re killing me, baby do it again

This is the realm of pure fantasy, like something out of a romance novel, or maybe a Taylor Swift song. But it works. Part of the fun of summer is about the idea of summer as a time for fun and freedom, regardless of what you’re actually doing that time of year.

You’re beautiful, and your mind is f-cking beautiful
And I can’t pretend that that doesn’t mean a thing to me, to me, yeah

Yes, it’s shallow. But if you’re going to be shallow, this is the season to do it.

I like when you run red lights
Don’t stop till you thrill me, oh how you thrill me
Always in control, how you do it I don’t know
But I don’t care, take me anywhere

What a lyric! It’s been a while since we’ve heard an introductory line as good as this one here. Romance, intimacy, danger, invulnerability—all rolled into seven words.

‘Cause it’s beautiful, ooh you make me feel undressable
And I can’t pretend that that doesn’t mean a thing to me, to me, ohh yeah

Another gem: “You make me feel undressable” is one of those perfect pop sentiments you can’t believe how someone hasn’t used it in a song yet. It’s the little touches that like that fill out some of the otherwise-generic lyrics and, when combined with the breezy production (dig that kissing noise buried deep in the mix) make “#Beautiful” a summer classic.

The full lyrics are below. You can listen to the song at the bottom of the post!

[Mariah]
Ah ah you’re beautiful
Ah ah you’re beautiful

[Miguel]
Hop on the back of my bike
Let the good wind blow through your hair
With a a– like that, and a smile so bright
Oh you’re killing me, you know it ain’t fair

Ride on, through the middle of the night
Let moonlight kiss your skin
When you dance like that, your jeans so tight
Oh you’re killing me, baby do it again

You’re beautiful, and your mind is f-cking beautiful
And I can’t pretend that that doesn’t mean a thing to me, to me, yeah
You’re beautiful, good lord, you’re f-cking beautiful
And I can’t pretend that that doesn’t mean a thing to me, to me, yeah

[Mariah]
I like when you run red lights
Don’t stop till you thrill me, oh how you thrill me
Always in control, how you do it I don’t know
But I don’t care, take me anywhere

‘Cause it’s beautiful, ooh you make me feel undressable
And I can’t pretend that that doesn’t mean a thing to me, to me, ohh yeah

[Both]
You’re beautiful, and your mind is f-cking beautiful
And I cant pretend that that doesn’t mean a thing to me, to me, yeah
You’re beautiful, good lord, you’re f-cking beautiful
And I cant pretend that that doesn’t mean a thing to me, to me, yeah

[Mariah]
Ah ah you’re beautiful
Ah ah you’re beautiful

[Miguel]
You don’t know what you’re doing darling
Hop on back my bike darling
Don’t you worry darling

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