Happy Inc.

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If nothing else, Happy Inc. is a bit schizophrenic.

 

Revised over the years, this 2001 entry into the catalogue is all over the place. To me, it’s probably the most personal thing from this era and a step up from Constantly Travelling. Still, that doesn’t mean it’s flawless either.

 

What’s jarring is how certain lyrics just don’t really fit. Most are based on personal experience and then something like Spirit Of The Forest or Future Of Thee Past comes in. The former is one of my favourites but they stick out as writing experiments more than anything. Same goes for Smell The Flowers, but the message it conveys is easy to understand.

 

As previously mentioned, Spirit Of The Forest remains a favourite. Others from Happy Inc. include Heavy Melody, Goodnight, Summer Of Love and Stay (probably the only love song I’ve ever written that doesn’t outright suck.) Aggravated used to be the thing I hated most in my 20 years of sharing lyrics, but this new edit has finally fixed my issues with it.

 

If you want to read why I hated Aggravated so much though, the original version of Happy Inc. can be found in the Fireteddy National Library. Those interested can also check out what didn’t make the cut here.

 

Lyrics Content

 

01. Constant Straining

02. Spirit Of The Forest

03. Future Of The Past

04. Heavy Melody

05. Defections

06. Goodnight

07. Smell The Flowers While You Can

08. Aggravated

09. Summer Of Love

10. Stay

11. See You Around

 

Constant Straining

 

All constant straining

What’s this about?

The number displaying

They’re gonna run out

Did you ever stop?

You never once thought

You’ve hung up the noose

But how tight is the knot?

 

Trained the kids to use the net

Nothing good has happened yet

A plan I wish I could forget

Useless in the end

All useless in the end

Now smile as you nod

Craning your head

You can’t hide the fact

They don’t care what you said

All confidence in peers

Well that’s just a joke

A brand new career

To fade in the smoke

 

Trained the kids to use the net

Nothing good has happened yet

A plan I wish I could forget

Useless in the end

All useless in the end

 

Look at the people and don’t help them at all

A generous donation that you give to the mall

Using your water cans to put out a fire

The kids are all gone as the flames just get higher

 

Trained the kids to use the net

Nothing good has happened yet

A plan I wish I could forget

Useless in the end

All useless in the end

 

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Spirit Of The Forest

 

Spirit of the forest

I give you your head
Was it something I did?

Or was it something I said?

The wolf girl is weird

And the sky seems to bleed

And sometimes what you want
Isn’t really what you need

 

The weirdest thing I’ve ever known

Stop in for a break and get ready to go

Maybe we’ll stay and maybe we won’t

I don’t know, I don’t know

 

Look at the sky now

Little white men

Falling down twisting

I’ve done it again

The wolf girl is beautiful

And the sky’s falling down

And the people you see

Now they’re never around

 

The weirdest thing I’ve ever known

Stop in for a break and get ready to go

Maybe we’ll stay and maybe we won’t

I don’t know, I don’t know

 

I’ll shoot out an arrow and call out your name

Everyone needs something and someone to blame

 

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Future Of The Past

 

Move along

Nothing to see

Nothing for you

Nothing to me

Anytime useless

Sometimes okay

Maybe it’s good

Maybe it’s great

 

I’ve been waiting for this

I’ve been waiting for you

I’ve been waiting for everything

But everything’s blue

Yeah everything’s blue

 

Move along

Nothing to move

Nothing to think about

Nothing to do

Anytime easy

Sometimes yearning

Maybe it’s normal

Maybe it’s burning

 

I’ve been waiting for this

I’ve been waiting for you

I’ve been waiting for everything

But everything’s blue

Yeah everything’s blue

 

Someday we’ll be gone

One day we’ll be fine

Sometimes nothing’s wrong

Someday you’ll be mine

 

Someday you’ll be mine

Some day…

 

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Heavy Melody

 

I feel sick and I’m in pain

I’m melting in the pouring rain

Coming through in my receptors

You’ve got static all around

 

And so you say you have no friends

The love you make, you must defend

Tell me should I care this time?

I’m running out so please don’t mind

 

So tell me if I need this

Or if I’ve had enough?

Tell me when you’re coming back

So I’m not waiting in the rough

It’s really not that tough

 

I’m going off and I don’t care

It’s funny how you’re never there

Coming through in my deflectors

To a mind that’s not around

 

And so you say you hate your last

You hate your life, when will it pass?

It seems I’m growing sick this time

You’ve had your turn and now it’s mine

 

So tell me if I need this

Or if I’ve had enough?

Tell me when you’re coming back

So I’m not waiting in the rough

It’s really not that tough

 

I’ve been holding back for far too long

Everything I knew was wrong

Sorry to judge, but it’s too late

Tonight I start to detonate

Tonight I start to detonate

 

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Defections

 

Hey please stop talking

It’s time to stay still

For the things that you do

They’re all bitter pills

Is anything amazing?

Is anything okay?

So tired of waiting, baby

When we all lose our way

 

Leave me now with nothing

Do you know how hard I fought?

Everybody thinks it’s theirs

They just take what they don’t got

They just take what they don’t…

 

Every time you’re leaving

Finally at a loss

Getting sick of all these people

Who don’t really know the cost

Is anyone respectable?

Will anyone refrain?

I’m getting tired of patience, baby

Masochistic need for pain

 

Leave me now with nothing

Do you know how hard I fought?

Everybody thinks it’s theirs

They just take what they don’t got

They just take what they don’t…

 

They don’t have anything

They don’t have respect

I’ll just fade into the night

And in the morning I’ll defect

 

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Goodnight

 

Well I can’t remember Saturday

A day to fade into the next

I tried so hard to feel complete

To wind up with even less

Now visions come to meet the night

And the weary never rest

But the stars stuck in the country

They shine brighter than the rest

 

I’m going out to take it in

A zombie for the crew

You never turned around for me

So I don’t know what to do

I don’t know what to do

 

Now goodnight child

There’s no more time for this

 

Now good night child

There’s no more time for this

 

Your life spins off

You lose control

Now settle in

And dig your holes

To lose yourself

With more abuse

Like something else

No paths to choose

 

The nights you cried

And screamed out loud

It’s suicide

Without a sound

The songs you sing

Are out of tune

So twist your ring

I’m leaving soon

 

Yeah goodnight child

There’s no more time for this

 

Oh good night child

Goodnight…

 

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Smell The Flowers While You Can

 

All this life

Not wasted time

What if I died?

If I died today

 

Another investment

We try to love

With planted seeds

These flowers stay

 

You’ve got little little time

So smell the flowers while you can

Now bring them to the light

Another sleight of hand

 

Always in demand

Always in demand

 

All of this time

Time ticking away

Never crossing lines

It isn’t all that certain

 

Another walk in bliss

We take it in again

Another heartfelt kiss

Waiting for the curtains

 

You’ve got little little time

So smell the flowers while you can

Now bring them to the light

Another sleight of hand

 

Always in demand

Always in demand

 

Another sleight of hand

Smell the flowers while you can

 

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Aggravated

 

You talk about nothing, oh nothing at all

Find me my conscience or give me a call

You’re only a lie and you’re not anymore

Keep mixing the signals, now what is this for?

 

An utter lack of concentration

Leaving me in aggravation

 

You think about something, oh something to break

Send me your bad thoughts, some thoughts to forsake

They say you’re a joke but the punchline’s been lost

Disappear in the smoke then tell me who’s boss

 

An utter lack of concentration

Leaving me in aggravation

 

Well I tried to act normal and that didn’t work

Digging my holes digging deep in the dirt

I tried to stay angry but it’s a waste of my time

I was trying too hard but now I feel fine

 

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Summer Of Love

 

Summer of changing

It’s going too fast

Things to remember

It’s already passed

Always in my mind

The weirdest thing I’ve known

Last night I called

But I still feel alone

 

Do you remember the time?

Do you remember the place?

We’ve been having some fun

Will you remember my face?

 

Too bad it’s almost done

Too bad it’s almost done

 

Summer of losing

It’s coming again

Things to remember

But one day we’ll win

Always in my head

The greatest thing I’ll be

Last night I called

As you sailed in the sea

 

Do you remember the time?

Do you remember the place?

We’ve been having some fun

Will you remember my face?

 

Too bad it’s almost done

Too bad it’s almost done

 

This summer of love

This summer of love

 

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Stay

 

I’ll twist myself in two, it’s true

There’s nothing here that pain can do

When I’m in love with you

When I’m in love with you

 

white roses are in bloom and so

It doesn’t matter where you go

I’ll always be here still

And I’ll always wait until

 

You stay

And never go away

Please stay

 

All the days we waste away

The words I know I’ll never say

Leaves will fall and change

And grow back once again

 

The only thing you need to know

I’ll even bear the rain and snow

Cause I’m in love with you

Cause I’m in love with you

 

So stay

And never go away

Please stay, please stay

 

Soon enough we’ll have our day

But baby, you just have to stay

Please stay, please stay

 

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See You Around

 

Now that you’re gone

When do I get back?

I’m watching for the storm

And I hear the lightning crack

 

It’s like looking for answers

To the things you don’t know

If you tell me when to breathe

Then I can tell you where to go

 

Am I feeling better?

Not much different these days

I’m writing you a letter

But I don’t know what to say

I don’t know what to say

 

Now that I’m here

Tell me when you leave

I’m watching for a season

And I can feel it when you bleed

 

It’s like searching for answers

When you know there are none

If you can tell me where to go

Then I can tell you when I’m done

 

Am I feeling better?

Not much different these days

I’m writing you a letter

But I don’t know what to say

I don’t know what to say

 

Well there’s one thing to write down

I guess I’ll see you around

 

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