"Consequence Of Laughing" as written by and Maida/lanni....
Take all your pills and divide them
By color & size
Take all your problems and advise them
That everything's fine
Since you ran away you've been beating
Your habits to death
But if you were to stay would you feed them
This white happiness

Nobody wants to harm you
When you're outside
But it's hard to believe
When everyone's killing time
Somebody knows
That you're not laughing

Take all your pills and divide them
By number and might
Take all your problems chastise them
Because everything's fine
Since you've ran away you've been beating
Those ladders instead
But if you were to stay would you feed them
With violence

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    General Commenti m beginning to this this song is about someone in rehab, who has all these different medications (pills) they need to take, and they're just killing time by sorting them all. "nobody wants to harm you when you're outside" means that away from the rehab centre,in the real world, people are nice, you've just experienced the worst of ppl
    opalon April 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think the person is getting out of a mental hospital and is in denial about the whole thing. And the medication is stealing his/her feelings and thoughts (meds do that to you) and the person is just trying to pass time, but can't figure out what to do.
    BipolarBearson May 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think BipolarBears is right on because that is exactly how I interpreted the song when I first heard it.
    swellmelmelon May 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI'm with BipolarBear and swellmelmel on this one. I this song as the theme song for my comic character, Mad, who's committed to a mental institution and doesn't get to see the outside world.
    patchworkangelon June 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthe first time i heard this song i thought it was about a person trying to deal with their problems and reality with drugs. "white happiness" is smack..or something of that sort...and the people on the outside are people who aren't junkies. if he were to "stay" with those who don't use drugs than he wouldn't feel this "white happiness." i could be totally off...just what i was thinking.
    chorts29on June 15, 2002   Link
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    General Commentmaybe we're all taking it too literally. all our lady peace fans know that raine maida doesn't always write EXACTLY what he means, but it comes across anyway. i think perhaps these pills are everyone's vices and various addictions. this song seems like it just features one person's struggles through life, and it wasn't a pleasant journey. but the last part of the song is sung with a sense of victory and finality, which makes the song not a total downer to me. and it is fun to rock to.
    dorkalinaon June 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with bipolar bear (who I think understands as well as I do)
    This CD came out not long after I was in the hospital, diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, I heard OLP songs in my head and thought they were messages to me, about me, songs like this seemed to reinforce that mode of thinking for me
    Wyndrakeon July 06, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti feel that this song is about someone who has a drug problem. that they are depressed and is trying to fix their depression w/ drugs. the first verse says to me that they ran away to try to fix things and become happy but then their not really happy, "white happiness" like a white lie... the chorus says that the person still tries to live their life even tho they want to die and careless it says that someone understands what they are going through and that while everyone else is happy and laughing, there is someone who knows and isnt laughin, or isnt happy either. the 2nd verse says basically the same thing but it tells the person w/ the problems to stay and to try to beat whats owning their life
    jaggtagg7on July 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentGreat Song. . Great Band. .
    JessicaLynnon August 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI took a deaper meaning from this song. I thought that it was about some one who is afraid to act like themself. They have all these ways of making sure no one finds out. In the corus its talking about how in reality no one is trying to attack him. But some ones knows he's faking it.
    Syrosson August 13, 2002   Link

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