Sum 41: Happiness Machine Meaning
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Happiness Machine Lyrics
Cause I'm fine here in my own forgotten world
Where I can be myself left with the hand I'm dealt
And it's hard to get a grip when you're holding onto something
You just let slip away
anonymous Jun 5th 2022 report
The song is from the perspective of someone that has been taking antidepressants for some time (the days pass by), combatting spiraling questions in their head (All these thoughts are in my mind - Spinning around like endless time). Getting off the drug (So here now I stand at the end ...), being explained by the figurative new life (Some day in another life), has been a hard process (... Of a dark road out of hell) as the questions kept returning making them feel overwhelmed (Will it change or stay the same? Will it ever go away?).
The time cut between the process of stop-setting the drug and being over it's effects is portrayed by the harsh stop of music and re-onset of vocals towards the end of the song. Looking at the process from hindsight, it was well worth it (It's not so hard as I depart...) and made the singer growing up and taking control over their life again (... What a way to become a man).
anonymous Dec 16th 2015 report
A man who feels he is going insane wants to feel emotion again. He feels as if he hasn't felt true happiness for a very long time. Its also about Religious confusion. He believes now that there is another life following the one we live right now. Whereas in previous songs, he believes in the Christian God, then moves on to Agnosticism, and is now a part of his own religion.
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