"Why Must I Be Sad?" as written by John Linnell and John Flansburgh....
No more mister nice guy
I love the dead
I've been thinking about it
Now I understand what he said

Ask me now
I understand the words that Alice said
I kick the rocks beneath me
I squint at the sun
Sad, sad, sad, sad
Why must I be sad?
The rows of dandelions growing all around me
Why must I be sad? (sad, sad, sad)
(sad, sad, sad)

No one knows these things but me and him
So I'm writing everything down in a spiral notebook
In the hopes that one day
Other people will feel as low as this

Ask me now
I understand the words that Alice said
I kick the rocks beneath me
I squint at the sun
Sad, sad, sad, sad
Why must I be sad?
The rows of dandelions growing all around me
Why must I be sad? (sad, sad, sad)

No more mister nice guy
I love the dead
I've been thinking about it
Now I understand what he said

Ask me now
I understand the words that Alice said
I kick the rocks beneath me
I squint at the sun
Sad, sad, sad, sad
Why must I be sad?
The rows of dandelions growing all around me
Why must I be sad? (welcome to my nightmare dead)
Why must I be sad? (babies, raped and freezin' you)
Why must I be sad? (drive me nervous, elected)
Why must I be sad? (generation landslide, un)
Why must I be sad? (der my wheels, muscle of love)
Why must I be sad? (school's out, only women bleed)
Why must I be sad? (billion dollar babies)
Why must I be sad? (sad, sad, sad)
(sad, sad, sad)
(sad, sad, sad)
(sad, sad)


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"Why Must I Be Sad?" as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

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  • +2
    General CommentI think its more like...the guy is feeling all low and dark and he can relate to that same tone in Alice Cooper's music.
    supreme_ruleron July 24, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIs this whole song about Alice Cooper? I never really noticed before but my boss at the store i work at is a huge Alice Cooper fan and he's been telling me tons of stuff about the guy lately, about his alchoholism and divorces and stuff.

    There are tons of Alice Cooper song and album titles in this song. That is so wierd. So, then, this song is basicaly portraying Alice Cooper as a reluctant Christ? Am I right?
    Otomodachion January 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the reference to a spiral notebook and hope that "one day other people will feel as low as this" points to a caricature of a depressed - or "emo", if you will - teenager. Especially since Alice Cooper, as far as I understand it, was more of an over-the-top thing than depressive.
    DrRoyon January 05, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song FactFrom the Q&A page on the old tmbg.com, John Flansburgh said: "Why Must I Be Sad" is sung from the perspective of a kid who hears all of his unspoken sadness given voice in the music of Alice Cooper. Alice says everything the kid has been wishing he could say about his alienated, frustrated, teenage world. It's another one of our speculative, non-autobiographical songs which uses the word "I" a lot."
    cr0wgrrlon November 09, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General CommentHere's some of the Alice Cooper song titles mentioned:

    "No More Mr. Nice Guy"
    "I Love the Dead"
    "Welcome to My Nightmare"
    "Dead Babies"
    "Raped and Freezin'"
    "You Drive Me Nervous"
    "Elected"
    "Generation Landslide"
    "Under My Wheels"
    "Muscle of Love"
    "School's Out"
    "Only Women Bleed"
    "Billion Dollar Babies"

    And, given the style of the music, it seems like it's mocking someone who's self-obsessed and self-pitying. Someone who's buying too heavily into the myth of Alice Cooper. Who knows, though.
    ThunderPeel2001on August 14, 2013   Link

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