Most people are not ok, but they're taking their siestas in the sun
Got some ideas on the way it should be
But most of 'em just carrying on

Happy colored marbles that are rolling in my head
I put 'em back in the jacket of the one I love
Carry that velvet sack full of pretty colored marbles
And I'll ask you for 'em back, when I'm ready and done

Most people are not ok, and they're slackin' cause the job ain't done
Fillin' up on the poison nut
And getting down till the dawn

Happy colored marbles that are rolling in my head
I put 'em back in the jacket of the one I love
Carry that velvet sack full of pretty colored marbles
And I'll ask you for 'em back, when I'm ready and done

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"Happy Colored Marbles" as written by Michael Melchiondo Aaron Freeman


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  • +6
    General Commentc'mon... this song is clearly about the illusion of happiness, as is zoloft, as is the theme of that record, quebec. "Most people are not okay but they're taking their siestas in the sun"... all of the people trying to convince themselves they're happy, out in the world, but truthfully they're not okay at all. And "gettin' down till the dawn" a reference to all the club goers and partiers seeming quite satisfied with their lives and yet actually unhappy. The change over to the madness halfway through the song is supposed to reflect the truth. The first half, especially the chorus, is the illusion of happiness, the second half is the reality.
    rufonz38on October 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti realize I shouldn't double post on this site... but are you serious man? I can't believe so many ween fans get it so wrong. I wonder why everybody is listening if that's the case... I'm absolutely certain that song, and that record in general, is about the fragility, and artificiality, of happiness. They'd tell you it to your face. Its not about ecstasy. Its about artificial happiness, of which ecstasy could be an example. Why do you think the madness of the second half is there?
    rufonz38on November 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with davidaj, I mean he just about heard it from the horse's mouth, apparently. My impression wasn't immediately "hell" when I heard this song, but it does make sense now that I think about it.

    One thing that bothers me is that every time I look up what people think the meanings of Ween songs are, most people immediately go for the drug angle.

    Okay, obviously some of their songs are in fact about drugs, but EVERY single one? Come on.

    Ween is amazing and I'd like to think that they have a little more depth than every single song being about drugs.

    Open your mind up to other possible interpretations of their awesome music and creative songwriting. Look beyond the image of the members of Ween being perpetually high.

    Not every Ween song is about drugs. If you're really a Ween fan, you'd realize that and give them a lot more credit.
    DigitalAnchovieson September 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think Happy Colored Marbles might refer to painkillers.
    Theo Reoon June 10, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou are all completely wrong.

    Right before this was played at Red Rocks in 2006, Gener said "This next song is about Hell"

    So there you have it. It's about Hell.

    The lyrics kind of make sense in this context. Most people are not ok (doomed to hell), and they're taking their siestas in the sun (hell). The happy colored marbles themselves are all the mind warping drugs that has addicts enslaved and damned.

    "Fillin' up on the poison nut
    And getting down till the dawn" is a direct reference to 'tripping.' The poison nut is most likely a psychedic drug reference, and "getting down til the dawn" is a reference to the insomnia and restlessness involved with tripping all night.

    Sounds fucked up, but so is ween.
    davidajon March 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe first stanza is pretty simple to understand. People are not okay, they sleep through the day and don't do anything to make the changes they want.

    The chorus about happy colored marbles is at least a reference to losing your marbles or being crazy/stupid. He takes the marbles that were in his head and he gives them away. They don't just *poof* disappear. So, the subject of the song knows what he is doing.

    He says he'll ask for his marbles back when he's ready and done. I take that to mean he's going to be doing something (read 'drugs') that he doesn't need his mind for. At the end of it though he plans on coming back for them.

    I can't imagine another meaning of "Getting down til the dawn", except partying all night long (the reason why the people are sleeping in the daytime in the first part of the song).

    I suppose there might be a personal story lurking within the song itself, but it reads pretty literally.
    yuppie123on April 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthmmm :\
    just_another_brickon July 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful song
    alecp66on June 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTheo_Reo is on the right track with the drug thing, but painkillers aren't exactly notorious for being colorful and helping people "get down 'till the dawn." Ecstasy, on the other hand, is.
    Hraesvelgon July 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdavid caruso
    asherCon March 13, 2007   Link

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