In 2004, “You’re Beautiful” was the song I thought would be a pretty good weapon to fight off terrorism with, if only for the fact that it’s one of the ear wormiest of ear worms. That song was everywhere: on TV melodramas, weddings, supermarkets; you name it, it reared its shrilly head. It also brought us James Blunt. This song aside, the man is a pure delight. He’s fully aware of what effects his 2004 self had on the mom and sentimental college girl population.
On this week, 10 years ago, your music taste sucked ass. pic.twitter.com/eQ6clu6F2h— James Blunt (@JamesBlunt) July 23, 2015
Maybe you didn’t know that Blunt was also a low-key bad-ass by being a former reconnaissance officer for the British Army. Oh, and that he prevented World War III from happening by refusing an order to attack Russian troops when he was a British soldier in Kosovo.
Perhaps the best thing about James Blunt is his charm and self-deprecating humor.
Anyone want a signed set list of mine from 2006? pic.twitter.com/Z0tmKIpBtN— James Blunt (@JamesBlunt) March 20, 2017
Not a lot of musicians have the level of self-awareness as Blunt does. It’s one of the reasons why he and Carrie Fisher got along so well. Recently, Blunt was on a morning chat show where he revealed that his song, “You’re Beautiful” was actually written from the point of view of a stalker who was high on heroin-laced uhhhh, blunts. In an interview with Huffington Post, Blunt unleashed what most of us have been thinking these past 13 years:
Everyone goes, ‘Ah, he’s so romantic. I want ‘You’re Beautiful’ as my wedding song.’ These people are fucked up.
You get labeled with these things like, ‘Oh, James Blunt. Isn’t he just a soft romantic?’ Well, fuck that. No, I’m not. ‘You’re Beautiful’ is not this soft romantic fucking song. It’s about a guy who’s high as a fucking kite on drugs in the subway stalking someone else’s girlfriend when that guy is there in front of him, and he should be locked up or put in prison for being some kind of perv.
Read any of the lyrics and you’ll see that he’s not wrong, and they start to take on “Baby It’s Cold Outside”-level creep vibes:
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
and if that wasn’t on the nose enough…
Yeah, she caught my eye as we walked on by She could see from my face that I was fuckin’ high And I don’t think that I’ll see her again But we shared a moment that will last ‘til the end
Gotta hand it to Blunt, the man is brilliant. All of this is coming out as his new album “The Afterlove” hits the shelves.
If this man was good enough for Carrie Fisher, he’s good enough for us.
If you thought 2016 was bad - I'm releasing an album in 2017.— James Blunt (@JamesBlunt) December 13, 2016
You’re goddamned right.