Crooked Smile

By Julie and Cristina

Lyrics

I'm on my way, on my way, on my way down
On my way, on my way, on my way down
You're the one that was trying to keep me way down
But like the sun know you know I found my way back round

They tell me I should fix my grill cause I got money now
I ain't gon' sit around and front like I ain't thought about it
A perfect smile is more appealing but it's funny how
My --- is crooked look at how far I done got without it
I keep my twisted grill, just to show them kids it's real
We ain't picture perfect but we worth the picture still
I got smart, I got rich, and I got ----- still
And they all look like my eyebrows: thick as ----
Love yourself, girl, or nobody will
Oh, you a woman? I don't know how you deal
With all the pressure to look impressive and go out in heels
I feel for you
Killing yourself to find a man that'll kill for you
You wake up, put makeup on
Stare in the mirror but its clear that you can't face what's wrong
No need to fix what God already put his paint brush on
Your roommate yelling, "Why you gotta take so long?"
What it's like to have a crooked smile

I'm on my way, on my way, on my way down
On my way, on my way, on my way down
You're the one that was trying to keep me way down
But like the sun know you know I found my way back round

To all the women with the flaws, know it's hard my darling
You wonder why you're lonely and your man's not calling
You keep falling victim cause you're insecure
And when I tell you that you're beautiful you can't be sure
'Cause he don't seem to want you back
And it got you asking
So all you see is what you lacking
Not what you packing
Take it from a man that loves what you got
And baby girl you're a star, don't let 'em tell you you're not
Now is it real? Eyebrows, fingernails, hair
Is it real? if it's not, girl you don't care
Cause what's real is something that the eyes can't see
That the hands can't touch
That them broads can't be, and that's you
Never let 'em see you frown
And if you need a friend to pick you up, I'll be around
And we can ride with the windows down, the music loud
I can tell you ain't laughed in a while
But I wanna see that crooked smile

I'm on my way, on my way, on my way down
On my way, on my way, on my way down
You're the one that was trying to keep me way down
But like the sun know you know I found my way back round

Crooked smile, we could style on 'em (back 'round)
Crooked smile, we could style on 'em (back 'round)
(You're the one that was trying to keep me way down
Like the sun, I know you know I found my way back round)

We don't look nothing like the people on the screen
You know them movie stars, picture perfect beauty queens
But we got dreams and we got the right to chase 'em
Look at the nation, that's a crooked smile braces couldn't even straighten
Seem like half the race is either on probation, or in jail
Wonder why we inhale, cause we in ---- already
I asked if my skin pale, would I then sell like Eminem or Adele?
Yo one more time for the 'Ville
And ---- all of that beef ----, nigga let's make a mil
Hey officer man, we don't want nobody getting killed
Just open up that cell, let my brother out of jail
I got money for the bail now, well now
If you asking will I tell now? ---- naw
I ain't snitching cause
Man, they get them niggas stitches now
If you was around, then you wouldn't need a witness now
How you like this crooked smile?

I'm on my way, on my way, on my way down
On my way, on my way, on my way down
You're the one that was trying to keep me way down
But like the sun know you know I found my way back round

Crooked smile, we could style on 'em (back 'round)
Crooked smile, we could style on 'em (back 'round)
(You're the one that was trying to keep me way down
Like the sun, I know you know I found my way back round)

"Stare in the mirror but its clear that you can't face what's wrong, No need to fix what God already put his paint brush on"

"Cause what's real is something that the eyes can't see, that the hands cant touch."

"Look at the nation, that's a crooked smile braces couldn't even straighten, Seem like half the race is either on probation, or in jail"

Issues

1. The overall issue presented in our song is people are so judgemental and are always trying to bring you down and point out your flaws. Everyone is trying to make you feel less then them yet everyone has flaws and nobody can attain "having the perfect smile" everyone has imperfections and society today makes you feel as you have to look a certain way.

2. It is from this decade it was realeased in on June 18, 2013 in the United States

3. I agree with the message the song is sending that people should embrace they're own flaws and shouldn't worry about what others say or society no one should try to be or change into something that they're not.It is important because in todays society everybody belives they have to be a certain size, wieght, height and look a specific way but that is not the case no one should want t change who they are and not be satisfied with there looks. In the end this song is saying that what truly matters is on the inide and you dont to have the looks to make something of yourself.

4. It has an important significance yet it hasnt made a huge impact unless you like his music or heard it but the importance of this song does elaborate on the issues most of us face today in trying to be perfect which is impossible.

J. Cole ft. TLC - Crooked Smile [Clean Video]

Artist

Jermaine Lamarr Cole (born January 28, 1985), better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American hip hop recording artist, songwriter and record producer from North Carolina.He quotes"When you become somewhat known, they definitely make it a point to remind you about your flaws. I felt like I was in high school again, things I hadn’t worried about since I was like 17, I’m now worrying about again. So, that’s me empowering, taking ownership of it. Like yeah I know. So what? And I’m still doing this. And I’m still doing that. And flipping it to tell other people to embrace they flaws too and not be so caught up in the little things. Your weight, or your nose, or your eyebrows, or your smile, or your hair."