"So Why So Sad" as written by James Dean Bradfield, Nicholas Allen Jones and Sean Moore....
Things get clear when I feel free
When whatever's next comes easily
When gentle hands give life to me
When your eyes fill with tiny tears

When I'm this still you are my life
When I'm this still you are my life

So at ease in the midnight sky
So at ease in the midnight sky

But my insides will look like war
My insides will look like war

Paralysed except through my thought

So why so sad
You live and you love
So why so sad
Dependent on above
Searching for the dead sea scrolls
So why, so why so sad

My smile as real as a hyena's
My smile as real as a hyena's

Burns an expressway to my skull
Burns an expressway to my skull

But I'll stick myself together again
Spirit so low that I no longer pretend

So why so sad
You live and you love
So why so sad
Dependent on above
Searching for the dead sea scrolls
So why, so why so sad

So why so sad
You live and you love
So why so sad
Dependent on above
Searching for the dead sea scrolls
So why, so why so sad
So why, so why so sad
So why, so why so sad
So why, so why so sad


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"So Why So Sad" as written by James Dean Bradfield James Bradfield

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  • +1
    General Commentits great to sing to, and its happy, whats wrong with it!!!I love it
    maddilneon March 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis was released when I was in a bad relationship. It was kinda what i was doing, hiding emotions. 'My insides will look like war' was exactly how I was feeling, cos it was true I was that distraught. Also 'Paralysed except through my thought' I was doing nothign about this relationsship but in ym head I had loads of plans that I just darent pull off.
    Surrenderyouregoon March 31, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about natural melancholy versus the beauty of life. Sometimes happiness and calm posses more horror than the reality od despair.
    Also- a comforting hand makes our struggles smoother but it doesn't make us whole.
    Divvyon June 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"expressway to your skull," secret Sonic Youth reference? Music, beautiful? Yes
    pumkinhedon September 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSome people can enjoy stillness, a midnight sky, the hands that give you life, the moments when your dears find their refuge in your arms, normal life. But some other people feel, just in these quiet moments, the restlessness that will forever accompany them like a neverending war. I believe this song can be appreciated only by people who have felt the same restlessness over a background of stillness.
    thestampon June 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Avalanches remix of the song is aproximately thirty million times better than the original.
    Filipon June 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis was released at the same time as found that soul and was generally recieved better. yet found that soul is a freaking awesome song and this is just bland. thats the music buying public for u.
    olp89on February 20, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningThe Meaning Of The Song Is That.. As In The Video You Can See A War Going On While People Are Still Having A Good Time. So Its Saying And Meaning "If There Is A War Going On, Why Should People Stop What They like Doing". In The Video We Also See The Manics Playing While There Is A War Outside :)
    owenNjodieon October 20, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"Nick, as always, gave me the lyrics and they had some sort of naivity in them. That's why I chose that Beach Boys-like vocals."
    (James, Guitar 02/01)

    "I think it's very difficult to make a literal interpretation of the song 'So Why So Sad' in terms of a video. The song starts off very romantic and cheerful and pretty and ends being quite dark and I think the video was trying to show that, that it's that kind of end of the '60s flower power gone wrong and everything on the verge of huge decay. Y'know, that people don't realise what's going on. The video is the beautiful people basically, the Californian beautiful people, y'know there's an army invasion going on but they're more interested in their suntans. So it does fit the song, but like I said it's not exactly a literal, a literal interpretation."
    (Nicky, thebaseonline.co.uk 02/01)
    manic4manicson October 25, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentVery average song...one of their worst singles ever. I deleted this from my custom 'Know Your Enemy' playlist
    Cherub Rockon February 03, 2006   Link

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