And if I die today I'll be the happy Phantom
And I'll go chasin' the nuns out in the yard
And I'll run naked through the streets without my mask on
And I will never need umbrellas in the rain
I'll wake up in strawberry fields every day
And the atrocities of school I can forgive
The HAPPY phantom has no right to bitch

Oo who the time is getting close
Oo who time to be a ghost
Oo who every day we're getting closer
The sun is getting dim
Will we pay for who we been

So if I die today I'll be the HAPPY phantom
And I'll go wearin' my NAUGHTIES like a jewel
They'll be my ticket to the universal opera
There's Judy Garland taking Buddha by the hand
And then these seven little men get up to dance
they say Confucius does his crossword with a pen
I'm still the angel to a girl who hates to SIN

Oo who the time is getting close
Oo who time to be a ghost
Oo who every day we're getting closer
The sun is getting dim
Will I pay for who I been

Or will I see you dear and wish I could come back
You found a girl that you could TRULY love again
Will you still call for me when she falls asleep
Or do we soon forget the things we cannot see

Oo who the time is getting close
Oo who time to be a ghost
Oo who every day we're getting closer
The sun is getting dim
Will I pay for who I been

And if I die today
And if I die today
And if I die today
Chasin' the nuns out in the yard



Lyrics submitted by Novartza


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  • +1
    General Comment:It's about how she thinks that in death she'll finally be free of all the things that held her in life. But even as a ghost, she still doesn't know what's in store for her.
    ic_assasainon September 15, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:I love this song because of its playful approach to death...the song is bouncy, upbeat, her voice on those, "Ooo's" is excellent. I love to sing this song, and the feel is not one of sadness or darkness really, just a light little song about death.
    Skybluepoeton March 16, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:Just a thought: I think by saying 'They say Confucius does his crossword with a pen', she might be making a nod at the afterlife not having any cultural or period boundaries -- that after death, tradition is easily be replaced by convenience, even among those who came long before. It kind of plays in with the happy, carefree theme of the song. I don’t know, I could be wrong, but that is how I see it, anyway.
    ChromePiggyon June 12, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:i love this song
    leigha109on September 16, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:"Or will I see you dear and wish I could come back
    You found a girl that you could TRULY love again
    Will you still call for me when she falls asleep
    Or do we soon forget the things we cannot see "

    To me, this line brings up the idea of maybe still being able to see the people we leave behind when we die. when we look down on our loved ones, they will still be living their lives. How does the "happy phantom" feel when she or he sees the one they love moved on and with someone else? Is it just that easy to forget someone u can't see anymore? it doesnt mean that those who are deceased arent still present in some other way. or maybe that person still living does wish their love would come back from the dead. I guess i just find this line of the song kinda interesting.
    JackiezStrength25on March 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:"seven little men" = seven deadly sins?
    dragonkat72on July 02, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:i didn't think of the happy phantom as actually being dead. i thought of it more as a relationship that didn't work out that she still wants to have. she knows "the time is getting closer, the time to be ghost" she has to disappear and fade away, cuz he's got someone new now and she's not in his life or his heart anymore. although the other way makes a lot of sense too.
    amphitriteon January 02, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:I like to think of this song as someone dying rather than a relationship. It's more kooky that way and well, Tori is kooky!

    What does everyone think of the 'they say Confucious does his crossword with a pen' line? I get the impression that it means he's so clever he can do it with a pen without making mistakes (haha) but whatever it means, how does it fit in with the rest of the song?
    happyphantomon January 23, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:I think Confucious fits in with the characters she sees because she is dead, and they are all dead too. So she can see Confucious, Judy Garland etc. I always thought the 'seven little men' were the seven dwarves (as in Snow White) although why they'd be there (as cartoon characters) I don't know. Anyway, I think this is one of Tori's gems, mostly because the whole thing just sounds like a slightly silly take on being dead until she throws in the killer lines:

    'Will you still call for me when she falls asleep
    Or do we soon forget the things we cannot see'

    Not that I have experience of this (luckily), but people do sometimes quickly fall in love again after a lover has gone.
    doctorzeroon March 11, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:"I'm still the angel to a girl who hates to sin."

    I'm almost positive that she's referencing Phantom of the Opera there, as well as where she mentions going out without her mask on. Not sure how that relates with everything else, but yes.
    theangelofmusicon December 17, 2005   Link

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