"Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare)" as written by and Michael Stroud Evan Mast....
Crush a bit, little bit
Roll it up, take a hit
Feeling lit, feeling right
2 A-M, summer night, I don't care
Hand on the wheel
Driving drunk I'm doing my thang
Rolling in the midwest side now
Living my life, getting our dreams
People told me slow my roll
I'm screaming out fuck that
I'm a do just what I want
Looking ahead no turning back
If I fall if I die
Know I lived it to the fullest
If I fall if I die
Know I lived and missed some bullets

I'm on the pursuit of happiness and I know
Everything that's shine ain't always gonna be gold (hey)
I'll be fine once I get it, get it in, I'll be good

I'm on the pursuit of happiness and I know
Everything that's shine ain't always gonna be gold (hey)
I'll be fine once I get it, get it in, I'll be good

Tell me what you know about dreamin' (dreamin')
You ain't really know bout nothin' (nothin')
Tell me what you know about the night terrors every night
5 A-M cold sweats, waking up to the sky
Tell me what you know about dreams (dreams)
Tell me what you know about night terrors nothin'
You don't really care about the trials of tomorrow
Rather lay awake in the bed full of sorrow

I'm on the pursuit of happiness and I know
Everything that's shine ain't always gonna be gold (hey)
I'll be fine once I get it, get it in, I'll be good

I'm on the pursuit of happiness and I know
Everything that's shine ain't always gonna be gold (hey)
I'll be fine once I get it, get it in, I'll be good

I'm on the pursuit of happiness and I know
Everything that's shine ain't always gonna be gold (hey)
I'll be fine once I get it, get it in, I'll be good

I'm on the pursuit of happiness and I know
Everything that's shine ain't always gonna be gold (hey)
I'll be fine once I get it, get it in, I'll be good

I'm on the pursuit of happiness and I know
Everything that's shine ain't always gonna be gold (hey)
I'll be fine once I get it, get it in, I'll be good

Pursuit of happiness
Yeah, I'm a get it, I'll be, good
Ugh
Oh man
Oh alright
Oh, room is spinning, room is spinning
Pat, Zule, where, oh fuck
Oh my God
Why did I drink so much and smoke so much oh


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"Pursuit of Happiness [Nightmare]" as written by Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi Evan Peter Mast

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    Song MeaningI feel like most people are missing the actual point of this song. Have you seen the video? It's not an uplifting anthem. This is a fairly dark, depressing song despite the title. Basically, the whole song is about a person feeling empty and doing self-destructive things to try to feel the void, hence the "driving drunk," and "crush a bit, roll a bit" referring to drugs, obviously. There are other clues to the dark place the person singing this song is in, specifically the whole verse referring to nightmares and waking up in cold sweats. Basically, the drugs and alcohol can only help him fake happiness for so long before he wakes up in dark place all over again. The most important song is the chorus, however. "I'm in the pursuit of happiness and I know that everything that shines won't always be gold. I'll be fine once I get it. I'll be good." This is a person in denial, trying to kid himself that if they can just find that one "good" thing, all their problems and unhappiness will go away. The person of this song is not fine, but wants desperately to cling to the idea that if he can just find that one thing to fill the void, he can truly be happy. But at least a part of him knows that's not very realistic, saying "I know everything that shines ain't always going to be gold." Drinking, drugs, and being reckless (refusing to slow your roll) can look shiny and appealing, esp. when you are so depressed and desperate to be happy, but they come at a big cost, i.e. the nightmares, 5 AM cold sweats, and knowing that you haven't managed to find happiness. This song is definitely not glorifying drunk driving and drug use. Just the opposite in fact.
    sarahisdreamingofon April 10, 2012   Link

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