"Happiness" as written by Neil Sanderson, Adam Wade Gontier, Brad Walst and Barry Stock....
I reach out when I have a confession
I reach out in desperation
I reach out when no one is listening
So I could looking for the next best thing

Happiness straight from the bottle
When real life’s too hard to swallow
Happiness straight from the bottle
When real life’s too hard to swallow

I feel them judging on me for their own pleasure
If they really knew they’d know better
That I’m the one who caves under pressure
When desperate times call for desperate measures

Happiness straight from the bottle
When real life’s too hard to swallow
Happiness straight from the bottle
When real life’s too hard to swallow

I know there’s got to be some peace in me
But I can’t find it
I get so sick of looking

Happiness straight from the bottle
When real life’s too hard to swallow
Happiness straight from the bottle
When real life’s too hard to swallow

To hard to swallow


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"Happiness" as written by Barry Stock Adam Gontier

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    My InterpretationThis definitely isn't what I thought the song was going to be about when I saw the title. It's basically talking about how taking pills is his way of getting through pain, as it is most everyone else. You do it because no one else understands or is willing to help you through all your problems.
    brentkeon October 21, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationIt is about how some people crack under pressure and use drugs and alcohol to cope. I include alcohol because "straight from the bottle" could refer to drugs or alcohol. Either way, the message is the same.
    Relic98on December 12, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationIt is about how some people crack under pressure and use drugs and alcohol to cope. I include alcohol because "straight from the bottle" could refer to drugs or alcohol. Either way, the message is the same.
    Relic98on December 12, 2012   Link
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    General Commentsurely when he says THE bottle he means alcohol..... if it was pills , which usually come in slides and not a little bottle these days, he would say A bottle? i think ppl are trying to read too much into it
    staley69on February 08, 2013   Link
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    General CommentPowerful song! I always thought it was about alcohol, but now I can see the angle of drugs. Might be him writing about his days of oxycodone abuse.
    HELENzon February 23, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about much more than alcohol or drug addiction. If it were about drinking, it would get progressively happier, or at least have a hopeful line (the same goes for drug addiction). I'll break down the song to explain further.
    I reach out when I have a confession.
    This line says that the narrator has been hiding their true self in some way, similar to how those who suffer from depression hide behind a smile.
    I reach out in desperation.
    Those with suicidal thoughts often feel a desperation to escape.
    I reach out, but no one is listening.
    He doesn't feel heard even when he clearly asks for help.
    So I go looking for the next best thing.
    If he can't feel happy, he goes after an escape from his life.
    The chorus speaks of someone turning to drugs/alcohol, but my personal feelings is that it's about someone turning to pills to make them happy.
    I feel them judging on me for their own pleasure.
    The narrator has become a drug addict and others look down on him for it.
    If they really knew, they’d know better.
    He says if they really knew about his pain and listened to him, they wouldn't judge him for what he's chosen.
    That I’m the one who caves under pressure.
    Their judgment makes him further upset.
    When desperate times call for desperate measures.
    He begins to feel more hopeless because of his drug addiction, but continues to do them.
    I know there's got to be some peace in me, but I can't find it. I get so sick of looking.
    He gives up and overdoses on drugs. The pills which cause his death allow him to escape from his life allowing "happiness".
    hexhaleon June 12, 2013   Link

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