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Kid Cudi – Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare) (feat. MGMT & Ratatat) Lyrics 9 years ago
Withdrawal symptoms have been hard for me too, my husband is a recovering opiate addict as well. Many of these kids are not realizing the heaviness that the pursuit of external happiness can cost one's life. But like MGMT said in Time to Pretend "everything must run its course" to really hate addiction, you must go through these stages of addiction and truly push yourself to sobriety. This is a long ass process with more pain from sober life than one could imagine....but our children will thank him one day for all of this struggle.

Kid Cudi – Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare) (feat. MGMT & Ratatat) Lyrics 9 years ago
Only a few people have touched on this main meaning, but obviously no one has realized that this song is mainly about the seeds of addiction.

Being addicted to any substance/feeling/thing/etc. is part of this process. It starts of at trying to fulfill a void within yourself, then after fulfilling that void with the happiness of drugs for so long it will make the person feel as if "once i get it, i'll be good" since you become dependent on it for main 'happiness'.

I know he is describing the pain of withdrawal physically and mentally when he talks about dreams and night terrors without a doubt. He talks of "you don't care about the trials of tomorrow", and trust me that is the mentality of an addict, they are not concerned about the withdrawal symptoms they might experience from the absence of the substance, but rather focused on using at the moment and fulfilling the need (once i get, i'll be good).

At the end of the video, it shows him looking at a really fucked up version of him, so he is literally having a glimpse of the full-blown addict version of himself.

This song is definitely about addiction. Our society is tricked into thinking addiction is what keeps the world going around, and therefore barely any one has seen this meaning within a very obvious song. Watching your loved one go through these stages of addiction is very painful, but very a great lesson within life.

Definitely a song about addiction.

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