"I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying" as written by and Gordon Sumner....
Seven weeks have passed now since she left me
And she shows her face to ask me how I am.
She says the kids are fine and that they miss me,
Maybe I could come and babysit sometime.

She says "Are you ok? I was worried about you,
Can you forgive me? I hope that you'll be happy."
I said "I'm so happy that I can't stop crying,
I'm so happy, I'm laughing through my tears."

I saw a friend of mine. He said "I was worried about you,
I heard she had another man. I wondered how you felt about it"
I'm so happy that I can't stop crying,
I'm so happy I'm laughing through my tears.

Saw my lawyer, Mr. Good News
He got me joint custody and legal separation.
I'm so happy that I can't stop crying,
I'm laughing through my tears, I'm laughing through my tears.

I can't stop crying, I'm laughing through my tears,
I'm laughing through my tears.

I took a walk along last night, I looked up at the stars,
To try and find an answer in my life.
I chose a star for me, I chose a star for him,
I chose two stars for my kids and one star for my wife.
Something made me smile, something seemed to ease the pain,
Something 'bout the universe and how it's all connected.

The park is full of Sunday fathers and melted ice cream.
We try to do the best within the given time.
A kid should be with his mother, everybody knows that,
What can a father do but babysit sometimes.

I saw that friend of mine, he said "you look different somehow."
I said "everybody's got to leave the darkness sometimes."
I said, "I'm so happy that I can't stop crying,
I'm laughing through my tears, I'm laughing through my tears."

"I'm so happy that I can't stop crying,
I'm laughing through my tears, I'm laughing through my tears."


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"I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying" as written by Gordon Sumner

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    General CommentI always liked to think that, the irony of 'laughing through one's tears' ends in the last chorus. After he manages to leave the darkness, he is actually laughing for the first time and while still crying, he's crying tears of joy.
    evren10427on May 19, 2017   Link
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    General CommentThe theme is pretty straight forward. The whole song has a very depressed tone, even the chorus which seems a bit upbeat is still him struggling.
    TheHookon November 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about his furt marage and his divorce from her. The struggling is from his depression that he suffered at the time i believe.
    chris14799on February 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah I think it's based on his own story too. The title is so cynical but I like the part with the stars, because you can see he is going to get through this and become a better man.
    Booyackaon October 02, 2005   Link
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    General Comment[Ian]: The story behind this song, Sting?

    [Sting]: Oh well, it's a song about divorce … um and because of that it cried out to be a country song, which is kind of ironic. But it's a song about divorce, but has a happy ending or at least a light at the end of the tunnel...it's not all misery so I think that justifies itself!
    sillybunnyon August 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe park is full of Sunday fathers and melted ice cream
    We try to do the best within the given time
    A kid should be with his mother,
    Everybody knows that
    What can a father do but baby-sit sometimes?

    Aaaaah, these lines are so sad, I had a tear in my eye when I first heard them!

    I love the positive turn towards the end - that's just so typically Sting, confronting us with a very dark, sad topic but at the same giving us hope that things can improve eventually!
    WhiteWolfDiefon July 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWell it's obviously about divorce. But I somehow see a small ray of hope within that song.
    focus007on October 15, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"I'm laughing through my tears"--> this line is very poignant. Sometimes, your life is so screwed up you can't help but laugh while crying.
    focus007on October 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis was the story of my life for a time back in 1984.

    Even now, years on, happily married to someone else, I get goosepimples when I hear the lyrics. The bit about the Sunday fathers (or Saturday in my case) is so so true.

    What a gift to be able to express tragic experience in as beautiful and concise a form as this!
    PhilMarshon October 26, 2011   Link

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