Beautiful is a song performed by Riverdale High School's cast of Heathers: The Musical. It was originally written by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy for the original production of Heathers: The Musical.

Kevin starts the song to explain to Mayor Hermione Lodge and Principal Waldo Weatherbee why Heathers is the ideal musical. He was later joined by the whole cast who sing alongside him.[1]


We were so tiny
Happy and shiny
Playing tag and getting chased
Singing and clapping
Laughing and napping
Baking cookies, eating paste

Then we got bigger
That was the trigger
Like the Huns invading Rome

Welcome to my school
This ain't no high school
This is the Thunderdome

Hold your breath and count the days
We're graduating soon
College will be paradise
If I'm not dead by June

But I know, I know
Life can be beautiful
I pray, I pray
For a better way
If we changed back then
We could change again
We can be beautiful
Just not today

Things will get better
As soon as my letter
Comes from Harvard, Duke, or Brown
Wake from this coma
Take my diploma
Then I can blow this town

Dream of ivy-covered walls
And smoky French cafés
Fight the urge to strike a match
And set this dump ablaze

But I know, I know, I know
Life can be beautiful
I pray, I pray, I pray
For a better way

We were kind before
We can be kind once more
We can be beautiful
Just not today

And I know, I know
Life can be beautiful
I pray, I pray
For a better way
We were kind before
We can be kind once more
We can be beautiful

Just not today

Cast except Kevin (Kevin):
(Why?) Why do they hate me?

Why don't I fight back?

Why do I act like such a creep?

Archie (Kevin):
(Why?) Why won't she date me?

Fangs and Sweet Pea:
Why did I hit him?

Cast except Kevin (Kevin):
Why do I cry myself to sleep?
(Why?) Somebody, hug me
Somebody, fix me
Somebody, save me
Send me a sign, God
Give me some hope here
Something to live for

Betty, Cheryl, and Veronica:
Heather, Heather, and Heather
I love
Heather, Heather, and Heather

And you know, you know, you know
This could be beautiful
Mascara, maybe some lip gloss
And we’re on our way
Get this girl some blush
And, Heather, I need your brush
Let's make me beautiful (Veronica: Let's make her beautiful) (Betty: Let's make her beautiful)
{Betty and Veronica: OK!)

Reggie (Fangs):
Out of my way, geek
(I don't want trouble)
You're gonna die at 3 P.M.

Don't you dare touch me
Get away, pervert

Sweet Pea:
What did I ever do to them?

Archie, Fangs, Reggie, and Sweet Pea:
Who could survive this?
I can't escape this
I think I'm dying

Kevin with Cast harmonizing (Kevin):
(And you) know, you know, you know
Life can be (beautiful)

Betty and Veronica with Cast harmonizing (Betty and Veronica):
(You) hope, you dream, you pray
And you get your way

Cheryl (with Cast harmonizing):
Ask me how it feels (Cast: Beautiful)
(Looking like hell on wheels)
My God, it's beautiful (Cast: Beautiful)

I might be beautiful (Cast: Beautiful)

Cheryl (with Cast harmonizing):
And when you're (beautiful)

Kevin (with Cast harmonizing:
It's a beautiful fricking (day)


  • The line "Like the Huns invading Rome" is historically incorrect because the Huns never invaded Rome, but only threatened to invade starting from the time when their leader was Attila the Hun.
  • The lyrics contain a reference to the film "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" (1985).



See also


  1. Williams, Tessa Leigh (writer) & Kiley, Maggie (director) (March 20, 2019). "Chapter Fifty-One: Big Fun". Riverdale. Season 3. Episode 16. The CW.
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