"Life 2: The Unhappy Ending" as written by and Christopher Seligman Amy Millan....
Scene one, late at night, interior
We found ourselves inside the car
Our hero has just gone too far
His lover bleeding in the back
He removes the lucky from the pack
He knows now that he can't turn back

Cut to the cherry lights in the rear view
He realizes that he's through
Whispers, "Darling, let's have fun"
As they exit doing 91
Drives until he's in the woods
If he loses them, he's gone for good

Life was supposed to be a film
Was supposed to be a thriller
Was supposed to end in tears
But life, could be nothing but a joke
Could be nothing but a con
Where's my unhappy ending gone?

Oh, life was supposed to be a film
Was supposed to be a thriller
Was supposed to end in fire
But life, could be nothing but a joke
A sentimental little card
Where's my unhappy ending gone?
Where's my unhappy ending?

Here's the part where you save me
Here is the scene where you save the day
Why can't the ending be happy?
Why must it always resolve this way?

Fade in, the cabin in the woods somewhere
Our hero strokes his lover's hair
Says, "Don't worry, love, we're almost done"
Says, "I could have really been someone"

Outside, they surround the house with pistols drawn
Some waiting there until the dawn
Sargent says, "He can't go on
We know now that he can't go on"

Life was supposed to be a film
Was supposed to be a thriller
Was supposed to end in blood
But life, could be nothing but a joke
A sentimental little card
Where's my unhappy ending gone?

Oh, life was supposed to be a film
Was supposed to be a thriller
Was supposed to end in fire
But life, turns out it's nothing but a dream
And I'll miss it when it's gone
I want the story to go on and on and on and on
And on and on and on and on and on and on

But it can't go on
But it can't go on
But it can't go on
But it can't go on
But it can't go on
But it can't go on



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"Life 2: The Unhappy Ending" as written by Christopher Seligman Amy Millan

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    General CommentMy interpretation is like so:

    In the first verse, I always thought the Hero had harmed his girlfriend and just tried to murder her. And when he whispers to her "Let's have fun", what's happening is that he's not done with her. He's not just going to dump her body and bleed out, no, they're gonna be in a thrilling car chase with the coppers on their tails.

    When Amy sings "Why can't the ending be happy? Why must it always resolve this way?" it makes it seem like the Hero has always been constantly seeking out terrible conclusions to everything. I feel like the Hero is the kind of individual who is so desperately depressed and messed up that he seeks out "unhappy endings" if only so he can add some drama and excitement to his life.

    Yea, he's that desperate and messed up. The other option, having "happy endings" never even crosses his mind. However, the chorus makes it seem like he's upset about how things are going. "Where's my unhappy ending gone?" makes me take the last verse quite literally. The last verse mentions that this is a "dream" and I think the Hero has all along just been a regular Joe, either daydreaming, dreaming, or writing a script.

    The thought keeps crossing his mind "Life was supposed to end in tears/blood/fire" or "Life was supposed to be a film" makes me believe the Hero turned Writer now, is a very deranged and depressed individual. Like I said before, he can't even conceive of "happy endings" and is constantly penning "unhappy endings" in his mind, and he ACTUALLY wishes his life would be more full of unhappy endings. He's so messed up, he can't perceive happiness. He just wants unhappiness to unhinge the boredom and blah blah blah-ness of his life currently.

    Main conclusion: Hero is so depressed and messed up, he wishes he actually had unhappy endings if only to make his life more "interesting."
    espressoromanceon November 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is about two lovers young kids being reckless with driving and so on and get into an accident and die together? I guess..
    losingmywayon July 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe two have just done something, presumably illegal, but it went wrong and the girl was injured. They are making their escape to a cabin in the woods. The girl realizes there is a way out and begs the guy to make it right, since we don't know what they've done this could mean anything.

    Fade in:
    the next morning they wake up to police surrounding the house. The sergeant knows they cant just sit there forever. But by now the boy has made up his mind, he's going out with a bang.
    Bucketson July 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a story sung by someone wishing their life was more exiting and dramatic. This person may be almost suicidal but wishing for an dramatic and shocking end. He tells the story of how his life should end. By the end of the song, however, he decides that he would miss his life when it was gone and decides not to kill himself.
    patinthehat9on August 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHmm... I must have a darker mind, I was imagining it was about a guy who somehow hurt (and killed) his lover-- "Our hero has just gone too far
    His lover bleeding in the back"

    And then the police are chasing them, and he's enjoying the chase and planning on disappearing if he can get away from them. The girls mind is shown in one verse, where she is hoping to be saved, but knows that its not going to be a happy ending. He holes up in the cabin with his dying girlfriend, while the police surround them with guns drawn. I think he isn't sorry for what he did to her, when the only remorseful comment made is about how he could have been someone, but now he obviously won't be.

    I think the whole theme of movie scenes is perhaps how he's seeing things as they progress, like all the action/thriller films he has seen, and how this real life situation isn't quite matching up to the fantasy he imagines. At the end, he knows the police are going to come in and end his life, and he is sorry that its all over.

    Actually, this song is kinda creepy now that I've analyzed it to be about a murderer.
    skyeblu87on August 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commentanyone else notice how half the songs on this album dont end in the resolving chord, but instead just kind of trail off?

    and on comments about other songs, someone mentions the album seeming like a musical.

    ...maybe these two things are connected?
    ao76421on September 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song totally makes me think about Bonnie and Clyde.
    babyyimasinneron September 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think skyeblu87 hit it the closest. I think the protagonist of the song is a first-time rapist and the girl was someone he had previously known. He must have some preconcieved romantic notions of going out in a crash of glory, to which she is only a victum. Her only lines:

    Here's the part where you save me
    Here is the scene where you save the day
    Why can't the ending be happy?
    Why must it always resolve this way?

    These song lyrics are more about him and how his life has gone sour than it is about the two of them. This is a sad, dark, and beautifully crafted song.
    neyuqon September 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commentso many creepy parallels to my life
    driftwoodxon October 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have to agree with patinthehat9
    yankeeboy1865on November 06, 2007   Link

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