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Everclear: Wonderful Meaning

Tagged: Divorce [suggest]

Song Released: 2000

Wonderful Lyrics

’hey, ain’t life wonderful? wonderful, wonderful, wonderful... isn’t it wonderful
Now? ’

I close my eyes when I get too sad
I think thoughts that I know are bad
Close my eyes and I count to ten
Hope it’s over when I open them

I want the...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Oct 14th 2005 report

    Even though you're a kid, adults may not know it, but you do understand things. Divorce is a big issue for children and parents. Parents may not understand it, but children do listen, and even though childhood is soposed to be all fun and games, its not (wonderful). :)


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    May 25th 2009 report

    Hey, My name is Sami. I used to listen to this song and it let me cry out my pain. My parents are divorced, but it never really bothered me. I guess even when I was real little I knew it would happen and they were better off that way. I wasn't better off, really, however. I had to live with my mom, and though I love her, she didn't really do a good job. She never kept a job or apartment so we were always bouncing around. I was the "weird kid" because we never had money for new sparkly clothes or anything like that. I was sexually molested when I was 9, and date raped when I was 17. My mom had various boyfriends, every one of them she met at the bar. Usually they would come home fighting, or she would unknowingly, and sometimes knowingly, have sexual relations no matter if I was there or not. She didn't care as long as she was getting some. Eventually, I went and lived with other people. It was a good escape at first, but then as I got older, the people I lived with wanted things in return. I also started feeling like my mom didn't care about me because there were times when I didn't have anywhere to go while she had a permanent residence where I couldn't be. She didn't care. I got into trouble, which made things worse. Then I couldn't go where I wanted because of probation, and that made it harder to find a place to live. That's not even the HALF of what I've been through! I'm 19 now, and I haven't lived with my mom since I was 15 (and periods of time before that). I am just now starting to get on my feet. I found friends that were actually worthy of trusting, and they are helping me out, with no complaints or demands. I just took my GED test, studying to get my driving temps., and about to take classes for Phlebotomy. I haven't had an easy life, in fact, this is the first time since early childhood that I've been truly happy. I used to listen to "Wonderful" and think that I would always live my life in misery. People I used to be friends with who knew my situation, would tell me it would get better and it's not that bad. Nobody really knows how bad someone else has it until they've walked a mile in their shoes. But if you really try, and you really don't want to turn out a certain way, like your parents, then you won't be like them. The fear alone is enough for that not to happen. Things can really get better though. I'm truly sorry for everyone who has had to go through a lot of bullshit. Children are precious and don't understand things so clearly. If you're a parent, please protect your child from yourself. I know that sounds kind of harsh, but the choices you make are likely to effect their lives for a long time. And please, please, never make promises you can't keep. Or lie when you don't know it won't hurt. If anyone wants to talk to me further on this subject, you can email me at: angel_fire172002@yahoo.com. P.S. Another good song to listen to is "Welcome To My Life" by Simple Plan.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 27th 2006 report

    I definitley agree. It's about how horrible divorce is, and how hard it is on the kids, and how kids will only have one chance to be kids, and the parents are ruining it with their selfishness.

  4. anonymous
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    Nov 25th report

    So relatable. My family situation is a bit strange - I sort of have two fathers. I mean, I don't really, but it feels that way with my stepdad because he's the one I live with and see most often. It's all good, though. This song is very good and although nothing bad is going on, it is still VERY relatable for many people.

  5. anonymous
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    Apr 13th 2011 report

    The songs not a story, its a recount. Art sings about his childhood. When he was young his dad left him and never came back. Its about his pain which came from his dad ditching him. Its pretty much the soft version of Father Of Mine, as they both have the same story line.

  6. anonymous
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    Feb 10th 2010 report

    just like one of the other people, im severely depressed. only grade nine - and i hide everything from my friends , put a smile on my face and pretend like everythings great. my parents are in the middle of a divorce too. so thats what i think of when i hear this song.

  7. anonymous
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    Feb 24th 2009 report

    Wow! All of you guy have all gone through, a form of the same thing! I have gone through a divorce and i blame it all, sadly, on my mother. She was the one who made me move away from my birth place, Salem Oregon. For me the divorce was very sad, and to this day, i hope that everything will be wonderful. For me i really have no reason to live, i may as well die, but my AMAZING friends are the ones that keep me alive! (That and the fact that i could NEVER kill myself or any other living thing!) I am truly sorry for those who have gone through even worse things, more than just a divorce and the hatred of your own life, and mother. I wish you all the happiest happiness there is to offer.
    This song is everything you all have said before me, and i believe that it is more too. More than just a divorce, but a torn world, between Mom and Dad and the young child in the middle. for me my parents divorce has and is the only thing in my life that will always scar me and every one i know for the rest of my life, but once im dead, i will part with my scar, and live ( or live while im dead!;)) happily, or happer than i am now!
    I hope that this song touches everyone! Everywhere!

  8. anonymous
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    Apr 17th 2008 report

    My mom is a single mother and raised me. My mom beat me and my brother through our entire childhood. So, when I listen to this song it reminds me of when my brother would tell me that someday it would stop: the screaming, the hitting, everything; with tears in his eyes. Every time I hear this song it makes me cry and even though it came out a while ago it is still one of my favorite songs.

  9. anonymous
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    Apr 11th 2008 report

    Hey, this song meant a lot to me when I was little, well it meant a lot to anyone who was the right age when it came out. I find I am able to refer back to it whenever something happens no matter how old I am.

    I am away from home at university now and I just found out that my grandfather died. I am okay for the most part but being on webcam with my mother is especially painful. I feel guilty for not being home with them but I can`t make it home. The line about smiling with tears in your eyes and saying everything is wonderful describes my mom perfectly right now. I wish she could understand that she`s allowed to not be okay.

    Thats what I think it wonderful about this song, to be able to go back and listen to it and still feel the way you felt back then.

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  10. anonymous
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    Jan 4th 2008 report

    This song really let's you feel the way a child does when the parents are getting divorced. Mine are. However, they yell at me instead... When they get done fighting, they fight with me.

    Plus, they favor my younger sister. So they always take her side because she is little. To make it worse, my mom began dating again within the year of the divorce. They both got DUIs, too. Yeah, sucks to be me. But I'm always happy and cheerful at school. Lol, only if my classmates knew... Anyone like me can relate to this song.

  11. anonymous
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    May 12th 2007 report

    So what I think about this song is a kid that doesn't like to go home because he/she hates hearing their parents fight. I can relate to this song a lot. HE doesn't want to go home but none of his friends really know how he feels because he keeps it to himself. "I told the kids that it's all ok"

    I tell my friends it's ok so they won't ask questions. I avoid being upset so I don't have to talk about it. That's what I get from this song. I love it btw

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  12. Dan
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    Apr 25th 2007 report

    Hey blink I went through the same thing. I only have my mom and my dad is dead. She didn't really tell me about him because he was abusive but it was just me my sister and then she found a new husband and had my little sister, then she divorced him and had a boyfriend that hit her and she has a kid with him now. He is now 5 years old and he never sees him, my little sister is 13 and I am 17, my older sister is 20. My mom owns 2 businesses and ever since I was..10 years old I had to stay home and watch my little brother, I know it doesn't sound like much or anything but when you grew up like I did, in a bad neighborhood, not a lot of money at the time, and I couldn't enjoy my childhood because I had to grow up and watch a little kid, it really put things in perspectives. This song just reminds me of everything I went through and since my older sister got tired of wasting her life babysitting and dumped it onto me, I had to grow up quick and be responsible for 2 extra kids...lol..but I am 17 now almost out of high school, and I won't be able to say to my kids.."yeah I have done that, I have been there before" because I haven't. my childhood was gone...and it hurts to hear this song because other people besides me are going through it..i say your only a kid once, and if you don't stop and have fun, get in trouble, and even do stupid stuff...you'll never learn to live..life's about fun...not responsibility..=)

  13. anonymous
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    Sep 12th 2006 report

    I think you guys have it down pretty much. He tells it in the perspective of a little kid seeing things like his parents getting divorce. And how every one is telling him that every thing will be wonderful. He doesn't want to believe him and he just wants everything to go back to the way it was.

  14. anonymous
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    Jul 12th 2006 report

    This song may be about divorce, but when I went to start high school, I had serious issues. Mostly anxeity. Everyone told me it would be fine and wonderful someday. I don't have those problems, but now I'm extremely depressed and have extremely low self esteem. I'm now I 10th grade, and now I step back and say this better not be wonderful now. The song has a great chronilogical pattern. Starts with wishing you were back to when you were little. Then through the school days where you hide your depressaed nature. To where I am, where I'm still screwed and upset that it still isn't wonderful.

  15. blink182chik
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    Jun 7th 2006 report

    Madrox wikid clown is absolutley right. My parents were never married but my mum has a physically abusive boyfriend and when I heard that song it kind of became my song, even though it's about divorce being raised around violence and seeing your mum getting bashed kinda ruins your childhood to cause it made me have to grow up a lot faster then I should have and yeah I can't get that part of my life back so yeah..holla back if anyone went through the same shit I did it'd be phat to talk to ya!peace

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