"I'm Only Happy When it Rains" as written by Shirley Ann Manson, Bryan David Vig, Douglas Elwin Erickson and Steve W Marker....
I'm only happy when it rains
I'm only happy when it's complicated
And though I know you can't appreciate it
I'm only happy when it rains

You know I love it when the news is bad
Why it feels so good to feel so sad?
I'm only happy when it rains

Pour your misery down
Pour your misery down on me
Pour your misery down
Pour your misery down on me

I'm only happy when it rains
I feel good when things are goin' wrong
I only listen to sad, sad songs
I'm only happy when it rains

I only smile in the dark
My only comfort is the night gone black
I didn't accidentally tell you that
I'm only happy when it rains
You'll get the message by the time I'm through
When I complain about me and you
I'm only happy when it rains

Pour your misery down
Pour your misery down
Pour your misery down on me
Pour your misery down
Pour your misery down
Pour your misery down on me
Pour your misery down
Pour your misery down
Pour your misery down on me

You can keep me company
As long as you don't care

I'm only happy when it rains
You want to hear about my new obsession?
I'm riding high upon a deep depression
I'm only happy when it rains

Pour some misery down on me
I'm only happy when it rains
Pour some misery down on me
I'm only happy when it rains
Pour some misery down on me
I'm only happy when it rains
Pour some misery down on me

[Repeat: x2]
I'm only happy when it rains
Pour some misery down on me
Pour some misery down on me
Pour some misery down on me
Pour some misery down on me


Lyrics submitted by AppleOfYourEye9

"Only Happy When It Rains" as written by Shirley Ann Manson Douglas Elwin Erickson

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    My InterpretationI think the song could mean that she is taking the energies of others which feel inferior to her in some way and this causes complications such as sexual tension or love that cannot be obtained because of circumstance. So whilst everyone is in desire and somewhat in pain (since love is based on insecurity by a certain extent) she dwells on peoples weakness as her motivator.
    ProfBlueAcosta317on November 03, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI heard the lead singer of Garbage say in interview that I'm only happy when it rains is about people who have to out do you in bad things that have happened. For instance when you are having a conversation about something sad that may have happened to you in your childhood and the other person has to out do you with sad stuff that is so much sadder than your stories could ever possibly be. The song is making fun of people like that.
    By the way that lead singer of garbage talks real sexy doesn't she?
    Victorbon February 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentJust one comment on such an amazing song:O
    Shocking :L
    zJacobon August 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWell the producer of Nirvanas Nevermind album actually played in this band and you can tell from the grunge guitar and the wall of sound especially in this song. This song reminds me of a girl i know who says this song describes her to a t. Its all about people who are never really happy. Next times it rains think of this amazing song.
    tallandrew1982on February 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song needs more comments. It's one of their best and a landmark of the 90's rock music
    And tallandrew1982, the producer of the Nirvanas Album Nevermind didn't just play in this band, he is part of the band Butch Vig is the drummer.
    JozefStalinon April 17, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAbout what many would consider Borderline Personality Disorder. She only gets enjoyment out of her own misery and the misery of others. When it rains, nobody else enjoys the day and that is her comfort zone.

    Interesting point Victorb: That makes sense. Who could Top the comment of "I'm only happy when it rains" in a conversation about one's troubles. Haha, it makes me laugh.
    ApolloCreedon July 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think I have a different take on this song. To me it reminds me of a very attractive woman who just is so bored because everyone is always nice to her that she makes up her own problems. I once saw an interview with Angelina Jolie and you could tell this was just a girl that got everything handed to her so in order to feel important I guess she created all these problems for herself. Of course she didn't say that in the interview, but watching it that was what I thought. I thought basically here is this spoiled brat so to get attention she would do things to shock people. I've known girls like this that are extremely attractive and get everything handed to them so to try to seem edgy they make up problems-they date psychos, cut themselves, take drugs, etc. That's what the song reminds me of anyway.
    michael14on May 02, 2011   Link

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