"Happiness & The Fish" as written by and Maida/lanni....
I confess
Everyone is overweight
And I'm obsessed
Talking is just masturbating
Without the mess
Addiction leaves you sad today & unimpressed
I can't remember all the names because
Everyone you meet today
Is just so fucking vain

Bored again by happiness
All those friends I've (die) lost in there

I'm upset
Happiness is not a fish
That you can catch
Imagination can't resist
This laziness
That pins you down, get on your knees
Everyone you meet today
Is feeling useless and ashamed


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    General Commentthis song is about how boring it can be to be happy all the time. if you are always happy, you begin to take it for granted, and thus the happiness becomes worthless. and so, as the band once commented, if you don't get depressed sometimes, you won't ever know how truly great life can be. at the same time, if you just let go of happiness because you're bored with it, it's incredibly difficult to just get back. and so there's the paradox, the catch-22 if you must. happiness can be bad if you have it non-stop, but if you let it go, it's really hard to get back.

    at least, that's what i got from this song.
    tewghion May 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commentto me the song comes from him saying that hes not happy but that everyone who is happy or rather that should be isnt happy either and that their "bored by happiness" and hes tellin them "happiness is not a fish that you can catch" its not somthing you can grab out of thin air.... happiness is not an object of possesion
    jaggtagg7on July 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTalking is just masturbating
    Without the mess....
    ...I can't remember all the names
    Everyone you meet today
    Is just so fucking vain

    To me, the lines above say people speak just to please themselves, they tell other people about themselves, complain about their problems. But they could careless about what someone else has to say. Most conversations are artifical/pointless. The rest of the song, I think is pretty much what others have said.
    try2findanywhereon August 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. i think the line "talking is just masturbating without the mess" is the main meaning. they are saying that the mindless happiness of getting a new car, watching a really cool big-screen TV, or talking mindlessly with your friends is the same shallow meaningless pleasure as masturbating. Maida is tired of this false happiness and desparately looking for something more fulfilling.
    hobarton June 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentolp is another group of amazing people who create phenomenal works of art!!! too bad Mike left, but im sure the band will continue to excell anyway!
    EmothicAon March 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt seems to me that he's bored with his social life and how he's always happy, he wants something else. The feelings seem to switch from being happy to being sad and the feelings are presented in the song that it's boring. Or maybe it's about being bored with false friends.
    BipolarBearson May 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about happiness and perfection is not the thing to strive for in life. Its good to be happy, but if you are always happy, then you become bored with it and not take it as the gist it actually is.
    clumsybygravityon April 21, 2003   Link
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    General Commenttry2findanywhere and hobart, I don't think I could agree anymore! those are awesome ways of looking of it, i never even thought about the "talking is just masterbating without the mess" part, that makes complete sense.

    ROCK ON OLP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    musicispowerfulon May 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it's like you cant just expect to be happy, you have to work at it
    literalrockon June 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthappiness...............for me simple things make me happy but this song for me is like a hope for being happy. Well i don't know' I supposed Raine is happy now... well he should!
    yoyo_soulson November 24, 2004   Link

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