Demi Lovato: Believe in Me Meaning
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Believe in Me Lyrics
Trying to compete
With everyone else
Instead of just being me
Don't know where to turn
I've bern stuck in this routine
J have to change my ways
Instead of always being weak
anonymous Feb 3rd, 2014 2:09am report
The video of her live performance is so sad. She performed it before she went into rehab, before she was okay, before she believed in herself and the second half of the song was actually true. You can see the pain in her eyes as she's singing. It killed me to see her sing the lines "I need to change my ways/ Instead of always being weak" And she smiled when she said "It can tell you you're full of life/ It's amazing what you can hide just by putting on a smile" It was her cry for help, and no one noticed. Nobody.
The first verse is about a girl who has very low self esteem and feels worthless and weak, and is possibly hurting herself in some way. She realizes that it isn't right, but she can't or won't do anything because it's too hard or scary.
The chorus is about how she wants to feel beautiful and stop being afraid, afraid of rejection, herself, going too far, living, saying she needs help, not pretending, being around other people, etc. And most of all she wants to be okay and accept herself for being perfect the way she is. She wants to be able to believe in herself.
The next verse is about how she hates her outward appearance, but realizes how what is on the outside isn't everything. Because she looks perfectly fine in the mirror, but she hides everything behind a smile.
In the bridge and final altered chorus she is realizing that she is strong enough to get through everything that is hurting her. She isn't going to be afraid, she is going to be okay and stop hating herself, because she is finally beginning to believe in herself.
I relate to this song so much, especially this specific lyrics. "Don't know where to turn/ I've been stuck in this routine/ I need to change my ways/ Instead of always being weak", "I don't wanna be afraid", and "It's amazing what you can hide/ Just by putting on a smile" I just haven't gotten to the bridge yet, because I still don't believe in myself. But I love this song so much. It just resonates in my soul and almost brings me to tears. I know I need to change my ways and stop hiding behind a smile, but I just don't believe in myself enough to do that yet. This song is amazing. Stay strong.
anonymous Apr 17th, 2013 4:04pm report
I think the meaning is in the title. Demi is telling all of us to believe in their selves. Which she should of done to avoid treatment:(
anonymous Mar 27th, 2013 3:32pm report
i think this song is about her kind of letting on to people that she was not confident about herself and if anyone really listened to the song back then they wouldve know that she needed help and it would have helped her more in the long run. but anywho, this song is about a girl who is not happy with the way she looks and wants to "wake up feeling beautiful today." and it seems to touch lots of teenage girls because later it says "the mirror can lie, doesnt show you whats inside. it can tell youre full of life, its amazing what you can hide just by putting on a smile." so girls, you ARE beautiful and so is demi.
lovatic for life <3
anonymous Nov 14th, 2012 11:05pm report
she wrote this at a time before she had gone into treatment and it was sorta her scilent cry for help really she just wanted to belive in her self, and the sad thing is the media didnt even notice anything
anonymous Aug 24th, 2012 8:23pm report
While Demi wrote this for her Don't Forget album I can't help but think that this song would be perfect for Unbroken which she released after treatment. From the point of view of someone who didn't know what she went through(which was all of us before she came out of the treatment center) this song is about a girl who is insecure about herself and just wants to feel beautiful. By the end of the song she finally realizes that she is beautiful and is just as good as everybody else. But the sad truth is I don't think she meant it back then. Maybe at the time of when it was written she felt better about herself, but considering her eating disorders and cutting issues that have gone on for quite some time you have to think she really didn't have that much self-worth back then. The reason why I think this song is perfect for her now is because I truly believe she finally sees what everybody else has always seen...that she is BEAUTIFUL. I think this song is so much deeper and filled with so much more pain than we(or me) previously thought. But now that she has found her own beauty I think that she can sing and MEAN the words. Even before I knew about all of Demi's problems this song helped get me through a lot and Believe in myself. I think she is a brave person for releasing this when nobody knew how much pain she was really in.
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