You’re Beautiful – James Blunt and spoofs

James Blunt, English singer/songwriter, has topped music video charts around the world with his single, “You’re Beautiful”, from the album, Back to Bedlam. Blunt’s sudden rise to fame, along with his saturation of British and North American airplay, has led to both popularity and a certain level of resentment from fellow singers. The music video has attracted more than the usual number of parodies. The music video features James Blunt in a stark icy setting, winter sky above, snow and rain falling around him. As the video progresses we become aware that he’s standing on an ice-covered cliff, the sea in the background, with seagulls in the sky above. He sings about seeing his girlfriend on the crowded subway with another man. He realises that the she has moved on and that he will never be together with her again.

James Blunt with assorted objects in You're Beautiful music video

Blunt begins the video dressed in a black hoodie and trousers. Gradually he peels off each layer of his clothes, ending up with just a pair of pants. He sits down on the ice and takes all his possessions out of his pockets, laying them beside him on the ice.

James Blunt jumps in You're Beautiful Music video

At the end of the music video Blunt turns and dives over the edge of the cliff, plummeting into the freezing water below. As he enters the water we hear him sing that it’s time to face the truth that he will never be with the woman he’s been calling beautiful. The video ends ambiguously. Is this an act of suicide? Or will he survive? Blunt hasn’t confirmed either interpretation. Click on the image below to play the video.

Beautiful Credits

Filming for the music video was shot in Palma, Mallorca, off the coast of Spain in the Mediteranean. The video was directed by Sam Brown via Flynn Productions with producer Kat Armour-Brow and director of photography Robbie Ryan.

“You’re Beautiful” has been nominated for best cinematography in a video in the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. It won ‘Song of the Year’ in the 2006 MTV Australia Video Music Awards, as well as worst album in the 2006 NME Awards.

You’re Beautiful Single

You’re Beautiful Lyrics

You're Beautiful Single CD at Amazon.comMy life is brilliant.
My love is pure.
I saw an angel.
Of that I’m sure.
She smiled at me on the subway.
She was with another man.
But I won’t lose no sleep on that,
‘Cause I’ve got a plan.

You’re beautiful. You’re beautiful.
You’re beautiful, it’s true.
I saw your face in a crowded place,
And I don’t know what to do,
‘Cause I’ll never be with you.

Yeah, she caught my eye,
As we walked on by.
She could see from my face that I was,
F***ing high,
And I don’t think that I’ll see her again,
But we shared a moment that will last till the end.

You’re beautiful. You’re beautiful.
You’re beautiful, it’s true.
I saw you face in a crowded place,
And I don’t know what to do,
‘Cause I’ll never be with you.
You’re beautiful. You’re beautiful.
You’re beautiful, it’s true.
There must be an angel with a smile on her face,
When she thought up that I should be with you.
But it’s time to face the truth,
I will never be with you.

You’re Beautiful – James Blunt on Music Video

You’re Beautiful Spoofs

Jon Culshaw, from BBC comedy show Dead Ringers, put together a spoof video called “It’s Bloody Cold”, available on Youtube. Culshaw recreates the James Blunt sequence but wears inflatable buoyancy aids around his arms as he jumps off the ice into a swimming pool.

Click on the image below to play the video.

My life is rubbish
My life is tough
The other singers pick on me
Nick all of my stuff

They don’t think I’m one of them
That’s not fair
Just ’cause I’ve got a girly voice
and silly hair
I told them I’m a soldier
I’ve been in a war
But none of them believe me
and laughed even more.
Robby said to prove I’m tough
that I should go and take my coat and top off
and stand in the snow
It’s bloody cold
It’s bloody cold
It’s bloody cold out here

And if I pass Sir Robby’s test
maybe he’ll be so impressed
And it might help my career
Last into next year

Noel and Liam Gallagher
won’t let me in their gang
Morrissey keeps telling me
James Blunt is rhyming slang
And David says the only way
to prove I’m cool
is jumping with my trousers on
into a swimming pool

It’s bloody cold
It’s bloody cold
It’s bloody cold God knows
But if it means I can hang
with the coolest singers gang
it’s worth it I suppose
OK then here goes.

Nicole Parker in You're Beautiful spoofNicole Parker performed a spoof of “You’re Beautiful’ on MadTV, wearing a prosthetic male chest. She sings “My voice is crazy, if you listen I sound kind of like an alien. But my voice intoxicates you, as I stand here in the snow. And you’re lucky ’cause I’m gonna take off five shirts in a row. I’m beautiful.” At the end her version of Blunt refuses to jump over the cliff as it would be a crime against humanity to lose such a beautiful body and voice. Click on the image below to play the video.

Radio comedy show Morning Sidekick developed a spoof version of You’re Beautiful, singing about office work conditions, with an animated text video My Cubicle at YouTube. See Life After Coffee for lyrics and mp3.

Kevin Sage provides a parody music video in which he mistook a man for a woman after drinking too much beer. “She was beautiful… I swear”. See Kevin’s site for lyrics and mp3.

Weird Al Yankovic has a spoof, “You’re Pitiful” which he intended to put include on his album, Straight Out of Lynwood, until the record company got cold feet. He has put a number of links to the mp3 on his official site,