"Overcome By Happiness" as written by and Joseph Pernice....
Never think to ever look around
never see it coming at you
with your head in the clouds
Looking like a fool,
drinking like a clown,
worried you be nobody,
not so far from that now

You don't feel so overcome by happiness
you're broke
do you think you might scrape your life together just in
time to find you've got no piece of mind
when everybody wants a piece of your pretty white ass

Move around, never moving on,
waiting for the thing to happen
when it's already gone
Looking like a fool,
drinking like a clown,
worried you be nobody,
not so far from that now


You don't feel so overcome by happiness
you're broke
do you think you might scrape your life together just in
time to find you've got no piece of mind
when everybody wants a piece of your pretty white ass

Even if you held the sun,
in the colour of your eyes
I would never be so blind, and you,
don't feel the weight rushing out of your life
don't see the light dying out of your eyes....

You don't feel so overcome by happiness
you're broke
do you think you might scrape your life together just in
time to find you've got no piece of mind
when everybody wants a piece of your pretty white ass

I don't feel I don't feel I don't feel...


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    General CommentHere is how I interpret this song as it relates to me:

    Background: The singer (male) is singing about a former love interest. This girl appears to have moved on from him. She seems more concerned with having fun and reaching a certain status, even though she tells herself she is looking for love. That, more than anything else, may have been the reason she left this guy. The guy stills cares about the girl and keeps a watchful eye on her to keep track of how she’s doing. It’s his opinion that her thrill-seeking isn’t as fulfilling as she would like to believe.

    1st verse and chorus: Her partying and drinking just leaves her drunk and looking foolish. And the guys she meets up with now are only after her “pretty white ass.” The singer wants her to come to a realization that this is not a healthy lifestyle. The line “do you think you might scrape your life together just in time to find you’ve got no piece of mind,” may be as much of a plea as anything else.

    2nd verse: She keeps moving around from guy to guy looking for love, but she moves too fast to ever really find it. It’s possible she’s still hung up on a guy she used to love, and these other guys (including the singer) are just there to fill a void.

    3rd verse: No matter how beautiful she is or how mesmerizing her eyes may be, this guy will not let her amazing qualities blind him to the nature of the choices she makes. Only he’s telling himself that when in reality he is not totally convinced of it. He also believes that she doesn’t see the damage she is doing in her own life by making these choices.

    The last line shows that he’s not so overcome by happiness himself. He misses the girl, and also wishes she would make smart decisions with her life.
    ssg3487on February 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite Pernice song.

    I like ssg3487's interpretation. Well done.
    boywiththorninsideon November 02, 2007   Link

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