If I could look beyond your face
And photograph your hidden place
Would I find you smiling in the picture

I don't know what you want
Because you don't know,
So what's the point of asking

You're almost happy
Almost content
But your head hurts

Far too many ways to go
We learn so much but never know
Where to look
Or when we should stop looking

I can love the whole of you.
The poetry I stole from you
And hide inside my stomach

You're almost happy
Almost content
But your head hurts

It's easy to get lost in you
And fall asleep inside of you
I want to return to you
A reason to be here
A reason to be here

No I don't know what you want
And you don't know
So what's the point of asking

You're almost happy
Almost content
But your head hurts


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Almost Happy Lyrics as written by Sarah Bettens Gert Bettens

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    I agree that the song is probably about an unfulfilling relationship where the singer is investing so much but it's never really works out , so it hurts. But I also think this song can be interpreted as the singer being almost happy herself. It's not just the other person that is almost happy, she herself is also almost happy. So she is in fact talking to herself and wondering if I could look beyond your face and photograph your hidden place, would I find you smiling in the picture. Even if you love yourself and you are doing fine, not knowing what you want or when to stop and can be easy to get lost in and fall asleep in life and by consequence be almost happy.

    Clean Alligatoron July 04, 2015   Link
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    It means alot, like a strange relationship.. I can relate to it alot.. and I love the tune. Maybe it's about a person in a relationship who's a bit confused, unsure but in love.

    blackened_skyon June 10, 2002   Link
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    I like these lyrics, sorta reminds me of my gf and I. I feel like she's never happy even though I can get her pretty close sometimes. I dont know what she wants, and yes, it confuses me too. But I love her anyways. I wish she didnt hide so much....

    blinkbomberon August 05, 2002   Link
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    It's kind of like wanting someone that you're not completely sure that they want you back. You both have all these feelings, but one person is always on the edge of either saying, "I love you" or "Let's be friends"

    saveferrisl2on April 13, 2005   Link
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    this song means so much to me. it's about one person loving another so much it hurts and about the other one not being sure, hiding from and even ignoring the 1st one. pretty sad, isn't it? the 1st person can't even ask what all this is about because the 2nd one doesn't know either.

    madrigalon January 14, 2006   Link
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    'No, I don’t know what you want, Cause you don’t know, So what’s the point of asking?'

    This pretty much sums up the song as one person wants to be loved but knows the other person is unsure. Great song.

    wolf cubon October 22, 2006   Link
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    I don't necessary think this song has to be about romantic relationship. It could be about her friend, who seems to bit depressed but she can't figure out why and this friend doesn't let her in on her secret. The friend keeps everything to himself/herself and never really opens up about what is bothering him/her.

    focus007on October 16, 2009   Link
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    Wonderful song. To me, it seems to be about two people in a committed yet unfulfilled relationship (either romantic or simply amicable one) that is coming undone due to one’s person’s inability to be satisfied with it. The narrator appears eager to invest his/her heart and soul into the relationship. However, the other individual, for some almost-inexplicable, irrevocable reason, sees unable to do the same (though earnestly wanting to) — to be truly “content” with the bond. Although the reason for said dissatisfaction is obscure, the dissatisfaction itself rears its ugly head within the moments they spent together — as evident in by the fact that the narrator questions whether the person would appear happy (“smiling”) in photographs. And neither really seem to know how to combat it because neither are able to identify why this person’s “head hurts”. Thus, even though the narrator is enamored with the other to the point of it being “easy to get lost in” him/her, the relationship cannot endure because the other is unable to reciprocate that sentiment.

    lunareflectionon July 08, 2011   Link

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