"Happiness" as written by Isaac Slade, Joseph King, David Welsh and Benjamin Wysocki....
Happiness, is just outside my window
I thought it crashed blowing eighty-miles an hour?
Or is happiness a little more like knocking
On your door, and you just let it in?

Happiness, feels a lot like sorrow
Let it be, you can't make it come or go
But you are gone. not for good but for now
Gone for now, feels a lot like gone for good

Happiness, is a firecracker sitting on my headboard
Happiness was never mine to hold
Careful child, light the fuse and get away
Cause happiness throws a shower of sparks

Happiness, damn near destroys you
Breaks your faith, to pieces on the floor
So you tell yourself, that's enough for now
Happiness has a violent roar

Happiness, is like the old man told me
Look for it, but you'll never find it all
Let it go, live your life and leave it
Then one day, wake up and she'll be home

She'll be, she'll be home
She'll be home
She'll be home
She'll be home
She will be home
She will be home
She'll be home
She'll be home
She'll be.

Lyrics submitted by WarmLikeSnow

"Happiness" as written by Benjamin Wysocki Ben Wysocki

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  • +4
    Song MeaningAt the fray concert I went to it took them over 10 mins to play this song. It was full of such emotion and feeling but all the members of the band. Halfway through Isaac stopped singing and told the story of why he wrote it. He said something like: We usually work through songs for months or years with everyone in the band before we fine tune a song. This song came to me in 10 mins when my wife was away in Australia. I was so sad and just wanted to be with her and this got me thinking about what made me happy, what made me sad and all that stuff. So I wrote this song.

    So when he says "But you are gone- not for good but for now, Gone for now feels a lot like gone for good", he is refering to his wife, same with "Let it go, live your life and leave it, then one day wake up and she'll be home". The song is Isaac reflecting on what makes him happy and just happiness in general.
    shoallaon April 27, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti love absolutely love this song!
    i think it is just about what happiness is.
    that if you chase it, you won't find it. that chasing it will just destroy you.
    but if you just live your life, it will come to you.
    i like to think in the last line where issac says
    'Then one day, wake up and she'll be home'
    he is talking about happiness. personifying it.
    saying that one day you'll wake up, and happiness will be there.

    i'm seeing the fray in concert in exactly a week!
    salieson March 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthappiness is based on circumstances.
    contentment is eternal.

    so happiness is, then, unpredictable, like a firecracker. chase after it and it destroys you, because if you chase after things that fill the gap inside you, you aren't chasing eternal joy. you're chasing something that will forever change.


    i have a question. the second to last line - "the one day, wake up and she'll be home"--do you think that's talking about a person, or is isaac personifying happiness?
    aushpogon April 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI just went to a Fray concert and it was THE BEST THING EVER!! They are sooo much better live than when you just listen to their cds!! And LYRICAL HARMONY i can totaly agree with you there its amazing and the fact that Isaac sounds like an angel makes it a bazillion times better
    isaacplaysthepianoon June 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is so full of win.
    Rinse_It_Awayon May 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think he's talking about, waiting for the right one who you want to spend the rest of your life together with, I think he saying wait for the right one, destiny will put you together, don't look for it because you'll find someone who you are happy with, but not fully.
    alexf505on July 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is just beautiful.And the story behind it about his Grandpa and about his new Grandma is just beautiful.There is a version of ihm singing this live in St.Louis.Its actually kind of funny, because he messes up in the beginning.Anyways, i basically think this song is about what he thinks Happiness is.Its pretty self explanatory
    CocaineMasqueradeon August 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell.. first of all i would like to add a note. I know that this site is not just about SONG MEANINGS but the title is SONG MEANINGS.COM... that doesn't mean leave a reply saying...
    OH EM GEE I LOVE THIS SONG SO MUCH!! Well not to be offensive or anything but i think everyone knows you would like this song, i mean why would you even look at the lyrics and listen to the song if you hated the song? well if you do hate it, i mean why would you come here? So maybe this place is a place where you can interpret songs and give your deep meaning to it. With a little nice compliment to go with it. That just what i think of this site.

    Back to the song interpretation...
    This song i think has to do with love. and happiness is love (or some girl he loves). and when he said "happiness feels like sorrow" i think it means that love might crush you and break your heart.

    Happiness is a firecracker sitting on my headboard
    Happiness was never mine to hold
    Careful child, light the fuse and get away
    Cause happiness throws a shower of sparks

    this part probably means that he probably wasn't meant to be with this person he loves. and the part about the child probably means you should be careful with love or something. really hard to explain. I get it i just can't really explain it.

    Pretty much he's saying, happiness is love, you should be careful with it though, it may harm or hurt you sometimes but it will turn out fine in the end.

    They have very poetic songs that is much deeper than it seems.
    smartykel808on October 16, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song represents life as a whole to me, the struggles we face that stand in the way of happiness, the choices we make in our quest to find happiness, the feeling of desperation we get when happiness is out of our lives, and how that pain skews our outlook on life and happiness...how it feels like it will be gone forever and you just want to give up, but the constant reminder of it leads us to keep searching for it, and ultimatley, how what is meant to be will be, and how in most cases, the thing you're so desperately for usually FINDS YOU...and usually when you least expect it.
    ironhead83on December 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is beautiful. Isaac sings it with so much emotion that when I saw him sing it live, many girls in the audience cried. Before he began, he dedicated it to his father.

    For those of you who have never heard of it, check out youtube. He has only sang it live and we can only hope it's on the next album.
    WarmLikeSnowon April 24, 2007   Link

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