I know, I know,
I know the secret to your happiness.
Oh I know, I know.
Take a deep breath, there's only one way.
Give all you have away.

Well you've wasted.
You've wasted so much time.
Trying to buy what you can't buy.
(You can't buy happiness)
And if you really wanna live.
I'm gonna have to let it go.
I'm gonna have to give it all.

Oh God it hurts.
But when I count the cost.
It all seems worth it all.
God, it's a fight and I just might.
I might just let it all go.

The only thing that I've been feeding.
Is my American dream.
But it's never satisfied.

We're all overweight and comfortable.
But I saw a need on my big screen TV.
It shook me and questioned my integrity.
And it called me to be more than I'd ever dreamed.

It called me to give my whole life.
Well that's what I'm gonna do.

Lyrics submitted by MaVeRiX

The Pursuit Of Happiness: The 2nd Movement song meanings
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    General CommentWell, I like the reference to the band Gatsby's American Dream in this, because you can tell they are heavily influenced by GAD...anyway, the only way I can listen to christian bands is if I refuse to believe any of the songs are about god, so I see this song as about just someone realizing the mistakes they've made.
    picnicpantheron June 14, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis is a song about buying things in the world to be happy. but in the end you can't buy happiness. You have to give your life to God for happiness. and he realizes thats what hes gotta do. So yeah thats what he's gonna do.
    imtheleadon January 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's important to listen to both songs together for the message to really sink in. Basically, in the first song, this man is searching for happiness. He looks to materialistic possessions. He works long and hard for money and all he wishes is for more time so he can "slow down." When he searches for happiness, he dreams of "numbers and dollar signs," but when he wakes, he realizes that he can never accomplish what he wants. In this song, he realizes that his "American dream" can never be satisfied. He can only find true happiness through giving everything away. This message is really deep. Love this song/CD.
    rival.cycleon June 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with imthelead 100 % this song is about getting saved and giving it all away to god. If no one can see that then they need to sit and re read the song over and over until they understand it.
    looseyon November 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentugh i love this providence so much. lovelovelove.

    also, i agree with rival.cycle on this one. and what rival.cycle said: "he can only find true happiness through giving everything away." i think what dan's trying to say is you have to give yourself/everything to God to truely find happiness. i wasn't sure if that's exactly what you meant, but i thought i'd clarify just a bit more...
    gengen319on April 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe song never references "giving yourself to Gawd" He only uses the word god for emphasize his sentences, like when people say oh my god, it is meant for exclamation and is not really in reference to a god or gods, this band isn't shy about using religious/spiritual concepts in their lyrics and they would likely not dance around the fact so to speak, this song is about a person who on self reflection realized materialism was a worthless pursuit as it was unending and didn't bring the person happiness, so he decided to give his wealth away to make him and others happier, a great lesson in this day and age where so much worth is placed on material possession and accruing wealth which is beyond anyone's need in one lifetime to the detriment of the people who the money would otherwise go towards feeding and assuring any sort of standard of living for them.
    killamanmanon September 21, 2014   Link

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