"Happy" as written by and Brandi M. Carlile....
I don't hang around that place no more
I'm tired of wearing circles in the floor
And I don't carry myself very well
But I've gotten so much braver,
Can you tell?

I'm happy, can't you see?
I'm all right, but I miss you, Amber lee

And I lined my secrets up all one by one
I put em all away when I was done
And I would really love to hear your voice sometime
To close a little distance in my mind

I'm happy, can't you see?
I'm all right, but I miss you, Amber Lee

Where have you been all these years?
And how could you just disappear?
And when did you stop missing me?

I'm happy, can't you see?
I'm all right, but I miss you, Amber Lee
I'm all right, but I miss you, Amber Lee


Lyrics submitted by belle1313

"Happy" as written by Freddie D Iii Jerkins Lashawn Ameen Daniels

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    General CommentThis is my, "I'm pretty sure Brandi is a lesbian song." I certainly like to think she is. : )
    fanatical3ebchicon March 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentactually, at her show in Austin , she told us that it was about her childhood friend, Amber Lee, who she used to sing with, but over the years they lost touch and now she's reflecting on it. Or something like that.
    dmacuton January 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYou guys don't need to talk about her lesbianism so blatantly. Use some style and class, finese.

    I agree with those who say it is a childhood friend not an ex-lover.
    Fringe147on March 21, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationIn my opinion, this song is about a girl who misses her ex-boyfriend (I had doubts about the name Amber Lee being male or female, because here in Brazil it can be both).

    Anyways, here it is:

    "I don't hang around that place no more
    I'm tired of wearing circles in the floor
    And I don't carry myself very well
    But I've gotten so much braver,
    Can you tell?"

    In this part, she says she doesn't hang around the places they used to hang together (maybe she didn't want to remember all the things that happened in those places).
    She's tired of doing the same thing there and remembering all their past together.
    She had always been afraid of doing things by her own, or she was too young when they were together, but now that it had happened a long time ago (or a short time that made she grow up), she's feeling braver, and doing things that she didn't use to. And the ex could realize it, "Can you tell?"


    "I'm happy, can't you see?
    I'm all right, but I miss you, Amber lee"

    Here, I think that she's lying, trying to convince herself that she is happy (like when we say we're okay, even though we're not).
    She's "happy", but something is missing (or somebody, in this case, Amber Lee). She would be truly happy if Amber Lee were with her.


    "And I lined my secrets up all one by one
    I put em all away when I was done
    And I would really love to hear your voice sometime
    To close a little distance in my mind"

    In this part, I think she thought about all the things they had, they did, they felt together, and held it in her mind when she was done on remembering all of them.
    I feel that one part of her is trying to convince herself (again) that she'll never think about them again.
    But the other part wants to hear the voice of Amber Lee again, to be with him/her again, because when she was remembering all the "secrets", she started missing those times with Amber.

    "I'm happy, can't you see?
    I'm all right, but I miss you, Amber Lee"

    Same thing as the other.

    "Where have you been all these years?
    And how could you just disappear?
    And when did you stop missing me?"

    Here I have two interpretations.
    The first: She met Amber and asked all these questions.
    The second: She didn't meet him/her and is wondering all these things, trying to find the reason of why he/she left, where he/she have been, and when he/she stop missing her.

    "I'm happy, can't you see?
    I'm all right, but I miss you, Amber Lee
    I'm all right, but I miss you, Amber Lee"

    Same thing.

    Orrrrrr,
    She and Amber Lee met each other after a long time, and she wants to look like she's fine, she's braver, and she doesn't care.
    But after being with Amber, all her feelings came back, and she starts wondering why they broke up, and she knows that she always missed Amber.

    I'm sorry about the English mistakes :/
    beatrizcton July 24, 2013   Link
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    General Commenti think this song might be about a friend she lost, and now realizes how much she misses her.
    wheresthelove024on January 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentShe is a lesbian, she said so in an article I read. And I'm glad shes not screaming to the whole world about it, its a personal thing and it shouldn't matter, but to some it does.

    But anyway, beautiful song.
    Daemonicuson May 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti thought she was a lesbian, but it is good that it doesn't completely interrupt her music, so it can be applied to anyones life and situation. This song has the same tone as Turpentine.
    ChuckBeanson February 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with fanatical3ebchic. I always figured this was about an ex-girlfriend.
    rhuesteron May 29, 2008   Link

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