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Joy is over there in her incredible clothes
She has silver silk shimmering down to her toes
I was doing the best that I can I suppose
But that little girl dancer
Eventually grows
Well she grows

You can't imagine all the times that I tried
To uncover the source of the tears that you cried
Let's throw it away and just go for a ride
And you'd say ok but you'd keep it inside
And I tried
I tried
I tried
I tried

We want you to be happy
Don't live inside the gloom
We want you to be happy
Come step outside your room
We want you to be happy
Cause this is your song too

I never thought I could have it so good
You were the song that my soul understood
That time is a river that flows through the woods
And it lead us to places we both understood
Would be gone
Before to long
Would be gone
Before to long

When we were young we thought life was a game
But then somebody leaves you and your never the same
All of the places and people belong to the puzzle
But one of the pieces is gone
And it's you
It's you
It's you
Joy, it's you

We want you to be happy
Don't live inside the gloom
We want you to be happy
Come step outside your room
We want you to be happy
Cause this is your song too

Anytime we'll weather this storm
Inside together you'll see the change
When the sun shines through

We want you to be happy
Don't live inside the gloom
We want you to be happy
Come step outside your room
We want you to be happy
Cause this is your song too
This is your song too
This is your song too
This is your song too
This is your song too
This is your song too
This is your song too
This is your song too
This is your song too


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    General Commentwell first comment lol

    i believe this song is just about not letting life get to you...like u ahve to understand that it keeps on going and all u can do is be happy and enjoy it yno?
    mrbojangles4890on October 13, 2009   Link
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    General Commentphishman808 hit the nail on the head. Great song.
    Umphreak98on October 29, 2009   Link
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    General Commentits for trey's sister who passed away.
    Moose_Man9on November 12, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI read an interview w/ tom marshal talking about this song and it began as a song about their (him and trey) daughters, and then saw the opportunity to bring in trey's sister as a theme as well.
    tedellis2on July 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI sort of agree with tedellis2. I think that trey's sister may have been inspiration for the name of the song; but judging by the lyrics the song is definately not about someone who has died. I think that the song deals with the concept of isolation. There are 3 other songs in history where we can find a similar message:

    Widespread Panic-Climb to Safety
    Beatles-Dear Prudence
    Pink Floyd-Hey You

    This song "Joy" like the other three above is about someone who is suffering from a depression of some sort and has isolated herself from society. The Floyd song "Hey You" is especially relevant. In the story of the wall, the main character Pink, lives in isolation and suffers from insurmountable misery because he has become a brick the the builders(the machine, society) rejected. A social misfit. He feels all alone.

    The character in this song "Joy" is likewise in a similar position. But rather than a wall as a symbol or metaphor for seperation, this song uses a puzzle.

    "All of the places and people belong to the puzzle
    but one of the pieces is gone.
    And its YOU..."


    "We want you to be happy
    don't live inside the gloom
    We want you to be happy
    come step outside your room."

    This song, just like the 3 above, is a calling out to the character that you won't experiencing happiness by severing every personal relationship(brick or puzzle piece). It's a warning to the character that happiness is only real when shared.
    spacewrangleron March 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentGood analogy Space Wrangler with the other songs. I think Hey Jude is another one that could fit the bill (written for Lennon's son by Paul when he was going through a divorce).

    In the IT dvd Trey said something along the lines that he was honored that people came to see them and forget about their lives and what society told them.

    I think people have to choose to be happy.
    bkabbotton January 04, 2013   Link

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