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We Are Who We Are is a song by Little Mix which appears as the eighth track on their debut album DNA.

Critical Reception

Popdust writer Andrew Unterberger stated: "You know, we could’ve sworn we’d already heard this title sentiment in another pop song of recent times. Sadly, as you could probably guess from the title spelling out “Are” instead of leaving it as “R,” this isn’t actually a Ke$ha cover, but rather, another Steve Mac-scribed original, with Little Mix accepting themselves at face value, acknowledging “Throw away the books and the magazines, I’m never gonna look like a beauty queen.” (Well, I don’t know if you’re literal pageant winners, girls, but in general you all look pretty OK, so let’s not be too hard on ourselves, yes?)

The song is pretty bouncy, especially coming after a song like “Turn Your Face,” but after a fun “22“-like muffled guitar intro, the song doesn’t really go anywhere musically, and the lyrics are bland enough that “We Are Who We Are” never quite eclipses filler status on DNA. Still, it’s been a long time since Natasha Bedingfield’s “Unwritten,” so presumably some young British lasses will find empowerment in the song’s message of self-acceptance. More power to them."[1]

Lyrics

Jade:
Mama, mama,
Mama made me the way I am
My face, my eyes
Someone turn me up, I'm speaking my mind

Leigh-Anne:
and I, and I
I've been wasting a lot of time
Looking in mirrors and hating on me
But now I like what I see

Jesy (Little Mix):
(I know, I know)
I'll never be perfect
(I know, I know)
But I'm gonna work it
(Let go, let go)
Put your new shoes on
A new you on

Little Mix:
We are who we are who we are
Pretty's just a pretty word
And I'm gonna shine like a star
Cause I'm the only me in this world
Throw away the books and the magazines
I'm never gonna look like a beauty queen
We are who we are who we are
And I'm just doin' me
Just doin' me
And I'm just doin' me
Just doin' me

Jesy and Jade:
Mama, mama
Mama made me the way I am
She told me I should
Look upon the world with my head held high

Perrie:
And I, and I
I've been wasting a lot of time
Looking in mirrors and hating on me
But now I like what I see

Jade (Little Mix):
(I know, I know)
I'll never be perfect
(I know, I know)
But I'm gonna work it
(Let go, let go)
Put your new shoes on
A new you on

Little Mix:
We are who we are who we are
Pretty's just a pretty word
And I'm gonna shine like a star
Cause I'm the only me in this world
Throw away the books and the magazines
I'm never gonna look like a beauty queen
We are who we are who we are
And I'm just doin' me
Just doin' me
And I'm just doin' me
Just doin' me

Jesy (Little Mix):
(I know, I know)
I'll never be perfect
(I know, I know)
But I'm gonna work it
(Let go, let go)
Put your new shoes on
A new you on

Little Mix:
We are who we are who we are
Pretty's just a pretty word
And I'm gonna shine like a star
Cause I'm the only me in this world
Throw away the books and the magazines
I'm never gonna look like a beauty queen
We are who we are who we are

And I'm just doin' me
Just doin' me
And I'm just doin' me
Just doin' me
And I'm just doin' me
Just doin' me
And I'm just doin' me
Just doin' me

Perrie:
And I'm just doin' me
Just doin' me
And I'm just doin' me
Just doin' me


Audio

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References

  1. popdust.com - We Are Who We Are review


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