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Recorded for the musical Billy Elliot
Elton's demo version is unreleased
Music:Elton John
Lyrics:Lee Hall
Is it sinful if you're blue
To cheer up the place
What is wrong with dressing up
In satin and lace
If you're feeling queer or glum
Don't you despair
All you need is a little work
To sort out that hair
When's the last time that war broke out
With men in a dress
Suits and trowsers are the reason
That we're in a mess
Get some earrings, some mascara
Heels and a fan
Pretty soon you will start to feel
A different man
What the hell is wring with expressing yourself
Being who you want to be
Will anybody die if you put on a dress
Who the hell cares if your blush is a mess
Start a new fashion, buck all the trends
Emphasize integrity
'Cause what the hell is wrong with expressing yourself
For wanting to be me
What the hell is wrong with wearing a dress
Being who you want to be
Who the hell is it you try to impress
All you have to do is learn to care less
Start a new fashion, buck all the trends
Billy, sing something to me
What the hell is wrong with expressing yourself
For trying to be free
If you wanna be a dancer, dance
If you wanna be a miner, mine
If you want to dress like somebody else
Fine, fine, fine
It's not a big statement, it's not a weird act
Just a good idea at the time
We'll not complain about your boring life
If you'll just leave me to mine
What the hell is wrong with expressing yourself
For trying to be free
If you wanna be a dancer, dance
If you wanna be a miner, mine
If you want to dress like somebody else
Fine, fine, fine
It's not a big statement, it's not a weird act
Just a good idea at the time
We'll not complain about your boring life
If you'll just leave me to mine
Everybody tells you what not to do
To behave and how to conform
But what they forgot what the point of this is
Why the hell should we be the norm
Everyone is different, it's the natural state
It's the facts, it's plain to see
The world's grey enough without making it worse
We need individuality
'Cause what the hell is wrong with expressing yourself
What we need is individuality
© 2005 WAB Management Ltd./Universal Music Publishing Ltd.
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