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Even when things look good on the outside, “If We Had Your Eyes” reveals that sometimes, that too, is an act. (Says everyone who has seen people displaying only the best parts of their life on Facebook.)

“You never know. The second verse, talks about a girl who looks like she has it all, she’s doing her thing but she goes home and she self-mutilates. Have someone every called you and they’ve said ‘How are you doing’ and you’ve said ‘My kids are on the honor roll and my husband just amazing to me’ but you’re hurting? Something is dying on the inside?”

Williams says the song has been a personal blessing to her.

“It helped me to not judge, to have more compassion with crazy family members. You never know what triggers people to say certain things. Maybe certain things are not going on in your life or career and someone can say something to you that makes you go off. You just never know what people are going through so just keep your mouth off people before you get to know their story. And even when you know their story, love them to life and shut up. I’ve got to sing the song every day so I have to live it.”

Michelle Williams: ‘Keep Your Mouth Off People If You Don’t Know Their Story’  was originally published on

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