Lizzo, Special: inside the lyrics and their meaning

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Special is the 4th album by the American singer Lizzo. The album contains the massive hit About Damn Time, a long-time viral trend on TikTok that we analyzed here, Grrrls, and many other songs that caught everybody’s attention. One of the most important songs on the album, according to Lizzo, is Special, and obviously, fans would like to know more about its lyrics and meaning. In this article, we will provide all answers.

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Special: the meaning of the lyrics

Special is a song about self-esteem and mutual support. As Lizzo explained when he presented the album, “I want the person to hear this to feel special.” It’s not necessarily a song addressed to a specific person, but it talks about how important it is to love ourselves. And to love people who deserve it.

Self-love is the main topic of the first verse, where Lizzo recalls the moments when they attack her, remembers where she comes from, and reminds everybody that she’s one of those who knows how to make others feel special.

Woke up this mornin’ to somebody in a video
Talkin’ about somethin’ I posted in a video
If it wasn’t me, then would you even get offended or
Is it just because I’m black and heavy? Y’all don’t hear me though
I’ve been the same since I’ve been drivin’ slow on Bissonnet
Call up anybody I knew and they would tell you that
Fame is pretty new, but I’ve been used to people judgin’ me
That’s why I move the way I move and why I’m so in love with me

In her altruistic moment, Lizzo addresses the listeners and tells them they are special: something we all want to hear from time to time. She believes that hearing these words gives you a unique sensation, and that’s what she wants to trigger. You are perfect, whatever they will say.

In case nobody told you today
You’re special
In case nobody made you believe
You’re special
Well, I will always love you the same
You’re special
I’m so glad that you’re still with us
Broken, but damn, you’re still perfect

In the second verse, Lizzo faces an essential element that often harms our self-esteem: the sensation that we are wrong and made terrible choices. Lizzo’s answer to this is: on the one hand, everybody is unique, and nobody can claim that we all make the same choices; on the other one, every choice comes from our story, and nobody has the right to judge us. They didn’t walk in our footsteps, they don’t know our life, and we are the ones who know best what’s good for us.

Could you imagine a world where everybody’s the same
And you could cancel a girl ’cause she just wanted to change?
How could you throw fuckin’ stones if you ain’t been through her pain?
That’s why we feel so alone, that’s why we feel so much shame

Special is, therefore a cheerful, edifying song that wants to boost our self-esteem, and the meaning of its lyrics is: love yourself, because you are perfect, and don’t care about what they will say about you. Nobody knows what’s best better than you.

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The complete lyrics

Woke up this mornin’ to somebody in a video
Talkin’ about somethin’ I posted in a video
If it wasn’t me, then would you even get offended or
Is it just because I’m black and heavy? Y’all don’t hear me though
I’ve been the same since I’ve been drivin’ slow on Bissonnet
Call up anybody I knew and they would tell you that
Fame is pretty new, but I’ve been used to people judgin’ me
That’s why I move the way I move and why I’m so in love with me

I’m used to feelin’ alone, oh
So I thought that I’d let you know

In case nobody told you today
You’re special
In case nobody made you believe
You’re special
Well, I will always love you the same
You’re special
I’m so glad that you’re still with us
Broken, but damn, you’re still perfect

Special (Ba-ba-ba, ba-ba-ba)
(Ba-ba-ba, ba-ba-ba)

Could you imagine a world where everybody’s the same
And you could cancel a girl ’cause she just wanted to change?
How could you throw fuckin’ stones if you ain’t been through her pain?
That’s why we feel so alone, that’s why we feel so much shame, hm

I’m used to feelin’ alone, oh
So I thought that I’d let you know (Oh)

In case nobody told you today
You’re special
In case nobody made you believe
You’re special
Well, I will always love you the same
You’re special
I’m so glad that you’re still with us
Broken, but damn, you’re still perfect (Perfect)

(Ooh) I know that I’m not alone, oh, so
(Ooh) I thought that I’d let you know
Uh, yeah, yeah (No, oh, woo)

In case nobody told you today
You’re special (Yeah)
In case nobody made you believe (Oh-oh)
You’re special (Yeah)
Well, I will always love you the same (Love you)
You’re special
I’m so glad that you’re still with us (I’m so glad, so glad, so glad)
Broken, but damn, you’re still perfect (I’m so glad, so glad, so glad)

Special
You are, you are, you are so
Special
Mm-mm, hey