All art is open to interpretation, and any range of interpretations is valid. Except in the case of James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful.” Blunt is pretty clear that y’all utterly botched that one. Because while the song has a reputation for treacly, romantic schmaltz, it is, in fact, the narrative of a drug-addled, pervy stalker. Per the Huffington Post, Blunt reflected on the song’s legacy, and he really broke things down for those naïve dummy fans of his: “‘You’re Beautiful’ is not this soft romantic fucking song. It’s about a guy who’s high as a fucking kite on drugs in the subway stalking someone else’s girlfriend when that guy is there in front of him, and he should be locked up or put in prison for being some kind of perv.” Blunt’s signature song does indeed include the lyric, “She was with another man / But I won’t lose no sleep on that / ‘Cause I’ve got a plan,” so, yeah, that’s our bad. Blunt continued, “Everyone goes, ‘Ah, he’s so romantic. I want ‘You’re Beautiful’ as my wedding song.’ These people are fucked up.” Alright then, alert the DJ, “Every Breath You Take” by the Police it is.
James Blunt. Photo: CHRISTIAN CHARISIUS/AFP/Getty Images