"Are You Happy Now?" as written by and Richard Shindell....
You took the toaster when you went
You never paid your half the rent
You took the spices from the rack
But you don't have to put them back
Cause in your haste on Halloween
You left your camera on the bed
Where we played roles in black and white
You left a role of black and white
I set the timer and thought of you
And put the lense up to my head
I took a photograph for you
What comes out gray is really red

Are you happy now?

I smashed your pumpkin on the floor
The candle flickered at my feet
As goblins flew across the room
The children peered into the room
A cowboy shivered on the porch
As Cinderella checked her watch
A hobo waited in the street
An angel whispered, trick-or-treat
But what was I supposed to do
But to sit there in the dark?
I was amazed to think that you
Could take the candy with you too

Are you happy now?

I've sat all night and now it's dawn
And I cannot believe my eyes
There's garbage strewn across the lawn
Where we once stared up at the sky
And streams of paper fill the tree
That hovered over you and me
Shaving cream covers the car
That we picked up in Baltimore
Though I know it's hard to tell
I hope that what's-his-name treats you well
I still maintain that he's a bum
But it's your money - have some fun

And are you happy now?

You always asked why I had not
Written you a verse or two
Since that's the one thing I regret
I dedicate this one to you

Are you happy now?
Are you?

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"Are You Happy Now?" as written by Richard Shindell


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    My InterpretationThis song mixes humor, poignancy, and a clever chorus/title line that is a little ambiguous in its intent -- is it the frustrated/disappointed "there, I responded. Are you happy now"? or is it the sad/curious "I'm sad and sorry we're not together any more. Are you happy"? If you only hear the chorus to it -- which is attached to an infectious melodic line that sticks in one's head -- you might think it has the latter intent. But a more thorough reading of the verse lyrics ties it to something very specific -- events/time of Halloween, the detritus of the broken relationship, and after hearing or reading those I tend to think that the former meaning is more what's intended.
    greendreameron October 29, 2012   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionThese lyrics are shown as:

    You left a role of black and white
    I set the timer and thought of you
    And put the lense up to my head

    But there are two misspellings there -- they should be:

    You left a roll of black and white
    I set the timer and thought of you
    And put the lens up to my head
    greendreameron October 29, 2012   Link

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