What does Make Up mean?

The Script: Make Up Meaning

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Make Up Lyrics

Blood print stains on the floor of a powdered room
Cracks in the mirror starting to show too soon
Mascara lines streaming down her face
Her cocaine lipstick smile is such a waste

On the floor, she's almost dead
She remembers the words that...

  1. anonymous
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    Jul 13th 2022 !⃝

    I think the song is about the internal struggle to accept herself as a trans woman.

    I think the song is about the same person, and the slipping between Pronouns is her Father giving a basic life lesson about loving yourself, hence "Boy" and "He", and the struggle is trying to be who you want to be without being judged or persecuted.

    That's why it's saying that she's crying, but he is dying. Because she's slowly coming to terms with herself and realizing that it's best for her to be who she is. The Make Up she is wearing is her life as a boy, and she's following her Fathers remarks by ending the He in her psyche.

  2. anonymous
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    Dec 9th 2020 !⃝

    I like the previous interpretations except, none of them address the chorus, "you don't need make up to cover your scars". Maybe his/her father accepts him/her but is saying, you don't really need to do this but I accept you anyway!? There's something missing.

  3. anonymous
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    Oct 16th 2020 !⃝

    I think the first half is about a trans woman whose supportive father wasn't enough to protect her from the rest of the world and its views on *gender identity*, and the second half is about a drag queen who dresses up secretly and is afraid of the world's views on *gender expression*.

  4. anonymous
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    Nov 19th 2019 !⃝

    I have already submitted what I believe the song is about, but the song seems to talk about a supportive dad and a non-supportive dad. Maybe the non-supportive dad gave up his child who was a transgender woman and the supportive father to her in.

  5. anonymous
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    Nov 18th 2019 !⃝

    A MtF transgender woman who, although she remembers the support of her father who told her she is beautiful no matter what, she can’t bring herself to see it. Her view of herself is tainted by the opinions of society. She was thinking about all of this as she was dying if cocaine abuse, something she had turned to to escape the prison of her thoughts.

  6. anonymous
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    Feb 23rd 2018 !⃝

    An MtF (Male to Female) trans woman who remembers life as a ng boy. Her father was always kind and supportive, but now she is thinking back, dying too young from Cocaine abuse.she thinks about how, when she was younger, her dad was ok with who she was and how she dressed, even though others disliked the fact that a boy was dressed in pink and did "girly" things. "daddys got somethin to say- youre not a screw up boy" not a screw up.

  7. singerstargirl
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    Jan 5th 2018 !⃝

    I agree with previous interpretations.

    The one thing I wonder about is the relationship with the father.

    The chorus is all about the father saying that “you’re doing me proud”.

    However, in the bridge The Script says “he’s always loved to play dress up but Daddy’s got something to say”.

    Is this the same father in both cases, or someone different? I’m confused.

  8. anonymous
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    Dec 10th 2017 !⃝

    Someone who is transgender, who worries about how others see them, so they turn to drugs specifically cocaine, and alcohol which eventually becomes their demons. When they eventually overdose and are dying, they think of their caring and supportive father and what he said to once.

  9. anonymous
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    Oct 19th 2017 !⃝

    This is a beautiful song about a transgender person, who is struggling with societies view of who they are. They may have the wonderful support of their father and know that their father is proud and believes in them. However, they are much too concerned of what others think of them, with reason, and are learning to be comfortable with who they are.

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