"Karen Don't Be Sad" as written by Steven Drozd, Wayne Coyne and Miley Cyrus....
Oh, Karen
You take it all too hard
You been talking to those fools again
And they'll tear your world apart
Oh, Karen
You gotta try to understand
Gotta hold on to your soul
'Cause they'll crush it if they can

So, Karen don't be sad
They're just a bunch of fools
And you can make them powerless
Don't let them make the rules
So, Karen don't be sad
You know the truth is true
The world can still be beautiful
That part's up to you
So, Karen don't be sad

Oh, Karen
You know you're only letting 'em win
By letting all their lies and hate
Destroy you from within-in
Oh, Karen
They've taken away your smile
But you can give it back to us
Just fake it for a while

So, Karen don't be sad
They're just a bunch of fools
And you can make them powerless
Don't let them make the rules
So, Karen don't be sad
You know the truth is true
The world can still be beautiful
That part's up to you
So, Karen don't be sad

So, Karen don't be sad
Don't let 'em win
Oh, don't let 'em win
Don't let them win
Don't let them win
Oh, don't let them win
Oh, don't let them win
Don't let them win


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    General CommentThis song was a huge surprise in such a really out-there album. It makes me somber and sad (kind of ignoring the title's intention),but it's so meaningful. I wish she'd write more things like this because this sounds so relaxing and caring. It's obvious that she's telling this girl named Karen (possibly Karen Carpenter) not to let people make her think that she's worthless and not as beautiful as she truly is,but I'd also like to think Miley's also referring to your inner demons and dark,intrusive thoughts. Karen Don't Be Sad is definitely the best on the album.
    Toonlink13on October 12, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationLike I said about The National's song "Karen", anybody named Karen may think it's about her (or him if you're from Russia or their people if you're from Thailand, as Karen is a people there). I don't know this for sure since I don't know Miley personally, but it sounds like she could be singing about me when I get into my outbursts when I start crying over things that may make no sense to someone else. She may be telling me that while my family means well, they don't always know what's best for me.
    seeingon November 29, 2015   Link

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