God Made You Nose to Toes
God made you nose to toes. We live in a world that constantly forces us to compare ourselves with others. The models that we see on TV or in magazines rarely look like the people we see in our everyday lives. The houses I often drive by on the way to work are “humongous” compared to mine (although I know that many people would be glad to even have a house at all).
I wrote a song called Nose to Toes. It is a Trop-Rock kids song and yet we sometimes play it for adults and they seem to like it too. I think many of us still suffer from comparisons that were made when we were younger. “Why can’t you get A’s like your sister?” “You sing OK, but not as well as Johnny.” The comparisons never end and continue to haunt us even into adulthood.
The chorus to Nose to Toes begins the song:
God made you nose to toes and inside out
God loves you when you smile and even when you pout
God made you nose to toes without a doubt
So go ahead and be yourself and let it all hang out!
It helps when I am reminded that God loves me even when I don’t measure up to others. I love to sing and play with the Parrot Island Band (a Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band from Atlanta, Georgia), but I sometimes find myself comparing myself (unfavorably) to other Trop Rock musicians or bands. While we get a lot of favorable feedback, I still find things about other bands that I wish did as well (I wish we could sound like some of the 6-7 piece bands…. but with only 3 of us. I know it doesn’t make sense but that’s how I think sometimes.)
The first verse to Nose to Toes looks at both the comparisons but also the reality that we are at our best when we are ourselves (and not poor copies of someone else):
If only I were smarter or taller I would be…
More popular or have more friends, at least that’s how it seems
I look into the mirror and finally I see…
That really all I need to do is learn how to be me
The second verse talks about what we see in the mirror:
When we look into the mirror, sometimes what we see
Doesn’t match with what the world tells us that we should be
So we spend too many hours trying to be somebody else
When if we want to be the best we have to be ourselves
As you and I know, it is easy to write (or sing) these words yet still struggle in trying to live them out. I continue to strive to be as authentic as I can, and hopefully encourage my family and friends to be who God made them to be (without adding the “if you would only” to the end).
The last verse of the song gives an example that I am sure many can relate to:
You think that you’d look pretty if you straightened out your hair
Or covered up your freckles so nobody else would stare
There is no one else like you in this whole wide world
So remember that God loves you and enjoy those pretty curls
How many people do we know that have straight hair that wish it was curly, or people with dark hair that wish they were blond? Most of us have something (or numerous things) we would change about ourselves if we could.
I write a lot of songs that aren’t particularly deep (most are about beaches, boats and sailing away) and sometimes envy my Trop Rock friends who write some wonderful songs. Ironically, when I do write a deep song… it ends up being a kids song (or at least a song for the kid in all of us). One day I will get it recorded and IPod ready, but until then… here is a “rough version” of (God Made You) Nose to Toes – I hope you enjoy…