How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people!? It should feel great, because “The Beautiful People” is still considered one of the best songs by Marilyn Manson. Off of one of his albums, Antichrist Superstar, this song focuses on the concept in the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher, poet, and cultural critic. This song’s guitar work was written in Drop D tuning, one of the typical tunings of the electric guitar in modern American heavy metal, and this song utilizes heavily on palm muting power chords.
“The Beautiful People” lyrics explicitly deal with the destructive theory of the Will to Power, originally a theory by Friedrich Nietzsche, hence lines like (“There’s no time to discriminate / Hate every m*********** that’s in your way”). Also, this song goes into Nietzsche’s point of view when it comes to master-slave morality, hence the lines (“It’s not your fault that you’re always wrong/ The weak ones are there to justify the strong”). This song includes an attack on fascism with support towards capitalism, hence the lines (“Capitalism has made it this way / Old-fashioned fascism will take it away”)
It’s no doubt that Marilyn Manson likes to push the envelope when it comes to his work. However, his lyrics mostly deal with modern issues that are relatable and make sense. So, for all the people out there who don’t understand. Deal with it!