"At Least I'm Not as Sad (As I Used to Be)" as written by and Nathaniel Joseph/dost Ruess....
Have you ever wondered about our old nu-metal friends and what became of them?
Turns out I saw them a couple of days ago,
They were laughing and drinking and smoking and singing.

C'mon, can you count all the notches in your belt?
I'd rather not, let's just say I'm starving myself.

Baby, put your name down on a piece of paper,
I don't want no savior baby, I just wanna have a good time

Oh, oh, At least I'm not as sad as I used to be.

And they said,
"Hey Nate, yeah, it's been a while,
Are you gonna sing?"
And I began to smile and I said,
"You should've seen me a couple of years ago,
I was laughing and drinking and smoking and singing."

C'mon can you count all the loves that didn't last?
It's such a gas when you bring up the past.

Baby, put your name down on a piece of paper.
I don't want no savior baby
I just wanna get it out.

Oh oh, oh, at least I'm not as sad as I used to be.
Oh oh, oh, at least I'm not as sad as I used to be.
At least I'm not as sad as I used to be.


And they say we would've seen you two years ago
Had you stuck around or come out to a show,
But youth's taken over by rock and roll,
While we were laughing and drinking and smoking and singing

So I left, That is it. That's my life, nothing is sacred.
I don't keep friends,I keep acquainted, I'm not a prophet, But I'm here to profit.

That's s all,I'm gone! That's my life, nothing is sacred.
I don't fall in love, I just fake it.
I don't fall in love. I don't fall in love.


Lyrics submitted by SomthinCorporat, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"At Least I'm Not as Sad (As I Used to Be)" as written by Jack Antonoff Andrew Dost

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  • +6
    General CommentThis is my favorite song on the album. Partying it up is fun and an easy way to go about life but Nate has moved onto bigger and better things with his music career and new life. He's doing something meaningful with his life that provides a different, but more profound happiness than his old lifestyle. He'll always remember his old friends and miss it to some degree, but he's come to terms with his new path.

    The pace change at this point in the song is epic

    So I left,
    That is it.
    That’s my life,
    Nothing is sacred
    (I really like this line, basically means that nothing in life is so sacred that moving onto a new phase would never be worth it)

    I’m not a prophet,
    But I’m here to profit.
    (This part of the song always gives me chills. He doesn't know what his future will hold, but he's going to live his life by aiming for happiness and "profiting" from whatever situation he ends up in)

    The last few lines can be interpreted in a number of ways, but i think ill keep my own interpretation to myself since I just went on a huge rant lol.
    soccersamdude11on January 25, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLove this song. I think it's the best on the album. To me the song is about a musician who sells out to the mainstream and left behind the other musicians and bands he came up with. He runs into them one day and tries to say he's happier now, but is lying cuz he can see how happy everyone else is laughing and singing. He sold out and realizes it by the end
    poz52000on May 25, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI feel like this song is about a guy talking to a very good friend, or his conscience (usually the same thing, right?). And when he starts bringing up the past, she (it) brings up the parts he doesn't want to think about. "It’s such a gas when you bring up the past."

    When he starts to ponder what ever happened to his old friends, he's reminded of what happened to him, apparently a long string of encounters. Hence the "C'mon can you count, all the notches in your belt?" to which he replies "I'd rather not, let's just say I'm starving myself", implying he's definitely gotten around.

    And as he recounts when he ran into his old friends the other day, and they ask him about joining them, it's at that point he recalls a time he was truly happy. This was most likely when he was in a relationship with somebody. Because following that, he's reminded of all the times it never worked out between him and another. Which probably prompted him to engage in all the less than committed relationships he mentioned earlier, all the while repeating the mantra that he's happier now.

    And every time it says "Baby, put your name down on a piece of paper" it might be referring to a girl asking for his number, to which he replies "I don’t want no savior baby, I just wanna have a good time", letting her know his intentions.

    And so his old friends tell him that if he hadn't gotten caught up in everything else, and had actually been around to support them and hang out, they would have come to hang out with and supported him. And it's at this point he just ups and leaves. Obviously called on his error, or maybe reminded of the heartbreaking event he doesn't want to deal with, that prevented him from hanging out with them at the time.

    And it snaps back to the present, with him sulking in what he's become. Repeatedly telling himself that this is the way things are, that it's not going to change, and that's how he lives now. Friendless and loveless, just moving from one fix to the next. Almost wallowing in self-pity with the realization that it really could be different, but that he doesn't feel strong enough to change it.

    At least, that's my take on it.
    ShadowFxon February 23, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHoly shit this song is amazing. This album is going to be incredible. Can't wait to see them on tour
    krikitarmyon April 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think the line is "i'd rather not, let's just say i'm NOT starving myself"

    ... makes more sense.
    fishy333on March 08, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI am in about the stage of my life as this artist. You go party and drink and it is a blast. Sex with girls and its all great, you wake up with a smile on your face and have a blast. But after a few years of college and girls you start hitting your 20's and when you wake up with a new girl you dont think "Oh man I got drunk and had sex!" like you did when you were 19. Not another notch on the belt. It really doesn't matter. You are looking for more, even though at this point you have no idea if that exist, because how could you? You just spent literally 2/5 of your life mid late teens through mid 20's doing the same routine but that is all you know and all your friends know. I think this song brings that out and says that there is, even though you arent sure, something else out there. At least hopefully there is.

    Thats what I got. Great song, lots of meaning.
    bailey1149on June 18, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My Opinionok so i analysed this song for class so i thought id put it up here (please excuse username i got frustrated...)

    The song At Least I’m Not as Sad (As I Used to Be) by Fun, discusses moving on from a group of people one used to affiliate with. This is an interesting view point on the discussion of belonging as sometime you can belong and then outgrow the situation. This is clearly evident in the lyric ‘They said ‘"Hey Nate!" "Yeah, it's been awhile," "So are you gonna stay?" Ha! I began to smile, and I said: "You should have seen me, a couple of years ago, I was laughing, and drinking, and smoking, and singing." ’ The technique of extended dialogue, while unusual in a song, is helpful to create an authentic atmosphere. The persona seems to be looking back at his old days with nostalgia but is adamant he is happier now. This shows the inner turmoil that is created when someone is pushed to leave a toxic or unhealthy environment.
    At heart this song is about growing up and leaving people that you don’t continue to share a sense of belonging with anymore. The persona clearly wants something more than going out and ‘laughing, and drinking, and smoking, and singing. ’ on the self-deprecating flip side the song ends with lots of small sentences about how his life is not sacred with the great pun ‘I'm not a prophet, but I'm here to profit’ added in for poetic effect
    dickhole44on March 22, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother great song by Fun!
    Maelglonon February 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI Have only heard this song,i fucking love it Im not sure im going to go on a limb since im not the best at interpreting lyrics (that is why i come here haha) and,so is he saying that he misses his old life and he is reminded about his past when he saw his friends but then at the ame time he is like even though i do miss that life at least im not as sad as i used to be anymore,now im a happier person even if that life i led back then was fun?if thats what it means then this is the best,i know i can relate.
    i dont know but my favorite part

    That’s my life, Nothing is sacred.
    I don’t keep friends,I keep acquainted,
    I’m not a prophet, But I’m here to profit.
    That’s all, I’m gone! That’s my life, Nothing is sacred.
    I don’t fall in love, I just fake it.
    shakelly_blackmouthon June 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCorrection (I'm pretty sure on this)

    "But youth’s taken over by rock and roll,"
    should be
    "But you was taken over by rock and roll"

    It makes more sense in context, even if the grammar isn't correct.
    Smugsyon July 28, 2009   Link

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