"Happiness" as written by and Bill Demain Amy Rigby....
Never mind me ‘cause I've been dead
Out of my body, been out of my head
Never mind the songs they hum
Don't want to sing along with nothin' that I said
Let him bring you happiness, happiness
It's hard to come by, I confess
I'm better at this than happiness,
If you find it, share it with the rest of us

Never mind the words that came
Out of my mouth when all I could feel was pain
The difference in the two of us
Comes down to the way you rise over things I just put down
Let him bring you happiness, happiness
It's hard to come by, I confess
I'm better at this than, happiness
If you find it share it with the rest of us, the rest of us

Never mind me ‘cause I've been dead
Out of my body, been out of my head
Never mind the curse of war
Proud like a badge that just don't shine no more
Let him bring you happiness, happiness
Hard to come by, I confess
I'm better at this than happiness,
If you find it, share it with the rest of us


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"Happiness" as written by Bill Demain Amy Rigby

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    My InterpretationThis song has made me cry too many times. I have always interpreted it quite literaly as about being sad/depressed.
    The contrast between the title and the sentiment of the music and lyrics to me sums up the horrid grown up thing of feeling sad and crap but getting on with life like a normal happy person.
    pvcfairyon November 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think he's saying that he's not an overly happy person, whereas the person it's aimed at is just one of those rose tinted glasses type that either don't see or ignore the world.

    "
    Nevermind the songs they hum
    Don't want to sing along
    "
    Happy songs that there's nothing to relate to.

    "There's nothin' that I said that'll bring you happiness"
    Is as Raffishtenant2 stated - his songs aren't going to solve your problem.

    "Nevermind the words that came
    Out of my mouth when all that I could feel was pain"
    People say nasty things when hurt, especially in arguments when you say things you don't really mean.

    "
    The difference in the two of us
    Comes down to the way
    You rise over things I just put down
    "
    This is how the other person just ignores things, that he can't.

    "Nevermind the curse I wore
    Proud like a badge
    Till it just don't shine no more"
    How certain people will wear the bad things like a badge and break things.
    See Tool "The Grudge" for similar meaning on this bit.



    xdvron June 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDon't know what this is about, but it's my favourite grant lee song. The contrast between the title and the mood of the music is great.
    Denveron July 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSongs can't solve our problems, is how I interpret this one. Songwriters like Grant-Lee Phillips can bring us joy and solace, but sooner or later, we must leave the nest. Which isn't to say we can't give credit to our inspirations when we get there, if we get there.

    He sounds much more apologetic than he should ever need to be, having written even a few songs as good as this one.
    raffishtenant2on January 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFor me this song is really really beautiful. The first time when i listened this i didn't understand the lyrics, as in i was't paying attention at what he was saying at all, but the atmosphere! it is unbelievble. the single words that i could hear clearly was 'hapiness hapiness', and it was like.. omg. so beautiful! and my feeling was that this is not a happy song, it's a song more about a wish of hapiness. and this was before reading the lyrics.

    all you said before makes sens, so i will let it that way :)

    this is a really touching song, from the first time you listen it.
    Aza1408on August 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it should be taken literally. It's just a song. I heard Grant Lee Phillips it's one of those sad songs that makes him feel good after he plays it.
    asbestosinhaleron February 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCatharsis.

    xdvron August 11, 2010   Link

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