"Why I'm So Unhappy" as written by and James Tamborello Brian Mcmahan....
He's sitting under me
In dreams.
This is why I'm so unhappy
And sees.

This space I am defending
In sections
Is now never ending

The way his hands unfold me
It seems
To form a ring around me

He tells me I'm just hiding
In circles
It leaves my life divided
Alone, alone

He dumb dumb da dee dumb
(Hee e e e e e)
(He omm ohh ahhh)

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"Why I'm So Unhappy" as written by James Tamborello Brian Mcmahan

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    tweezerson December 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is probably the most beautiful song on the album. I have had some trouble dissecting it. To me, it feels like a painful breakup, one in which the girl keeps dreaming of her ex-lover, or a distancing from a partner, or perhaps not a physical partner but an existential one. The electronic blips and bloops add to this feeling. This is one of those songs where it seems to be less about the lyrics than the mood.

    The soft crying at the beginning is very powerful. This almost has a dreamlike quality. Perhaps she is dreaming of her ex-lover, and that is why his "hands unfold" her, in the present tense rather than past. Amazing stuff.
    scienceon April 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about marriage. There's multiple hints to support that. Ring, circle, and the repetitious nature of the ending. I think it's specifically about her thoughts after the marriage proposal, and her apprehensions about it. "It leaves my life divided." And about how things can never be the same after that proposal.
    atarashiihitoon May 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've never given much thought to the lyrics because I think that would ruin the song. Each individual word and each individual line is just so beautiful, I'd rather not think too hard about what the whole thing means.

    But if I had to guess, she is trying to compartmentalize her life and she can't, it just won't work. I guess the guy comes in telling her she needs to break down her walls and leaves frustrated, and she feels alone...
    8394147on July 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFor me... this song means a lot... I don't really think on the lyrics, because I think that would take away from it, every word, every syllable, every moment of the song, has it's own power to it, and it's almost overwhelming... this song is wonderful, short and simple.
    Rendackon February 21, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song.. in my life.. reminds me of a boy i know..
    reading these lyrics and listening to the song now.. its just so true. he does leave me divided. he ALWAYS sees when i'm unhappy. he knows when i'm hiding something.. and i have unfolded before him.. i have opened up to him.. because of him..
    plain and simple.. i love this song.. =]] it holds so much
    slipknotcoutureon April 27, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningAnyone think this song might be about the narrator losing her belief in God, and the disarray it puts her life into? I think the first stanza, how he's "sitting" under her in "dreams;" that could be a comparison between God and dreams--both of these can seem so real yet God might be just as fictional as dreams are. The third stanza illustrates the comfort she gets from praying perhaps, his "hands" unfolding her and taking her worries away, forming a protective ring around her. When the narrator struggles with the belief in paragraph 4, the "God" in her mind tells her that she's just hiding from her, and her life is divided because of her conflicting beliefs. In the end, her doubt overcomes her, leaving her feeling "alone."
    JakeBaconon March 15, 2011   Link

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