Happy Now - Zedd, Elley Duhé




The Experience: Are you happy now... I'm not happy. Why should you be...


Music video: The lyric video sees Elley Duhé wake up alone in her partied out house. As she cleans up she pretends it's all ok, but by sunset she has to face the music: she's not just alone, she's lonely. The music video sees a girl go past loneliness to jealousy and past jealousy to murder. The boy she likes falls for a friend, so she poisons him, the other girl, and innocent bystander friend. And when her would-be boyfriend doesn't bite the dust, she calls the cops denouncing him as the killer. Her final pained malicious smile is the final word on her heart.

The Meaning of Happy Now: Post break up. He's hopelessly distant - a world away - and with someone else - in a foreign place - but you still see him - in the crowd. And that keeps the wound wide open. No amount of care on his part can heal it -  you keep on talking sweet till your fingers bleed (guitar reference) but don't you dare ask me how I've been. And she hopes, deep down, that he's not happy, that somehow he misses her. In the lyric video that's just the pain of loss. In the music video it's vindictive malice.

Ask yourself: Can you hurt and heal without striking out?

Album: - (2018)

LYRICS:

You're a world away
Somewhere in the crowd
In a foreign place
Are you happy now?
There's nothing left to say
So I shut my mouth
So won't you tell me, babe
Are you happy now?

You're the only one who can up and run
Leave me just as empty as the day you came
And you hold all the cards, all the broken hearts
Strung over your shoulder till it's all in vain

And only you know the strength of your teeth
The wash in the weight of your pockets, so deep

And lonely

You're a world away
Somewhere in the crowd
In a foreign place
Are you happy now?
There's nothing left to say
So I shut my mouth
So won't you tell me, babe
Are you happy now?
Are you happy now?

In the palm of your hands
You can make me dance
Spin me around in circles till I'm wrapped in string
You keep on talking sweet till your fingers bleed
But don't you dare ask me how I've been

Now only you know the strength of your teeth
The wash in the weight of your pockets, so deep

Lonely

You're a world away
Somewhere in the crowd
In a foreign place
Are you happy now?
There's nothing left to say
So I shut my mouth
So won't you tell me, babe
Are you happy now?
Are you happy now?

You're the only one who can
You're the only, you're the only
You're the only one who can
You're the only, you're the only

World away
Somewhere in the crowd
In a foreign place
Are you happy now?
There's nothing left to say
So I shut my mouth
So won't you tell me, babe
Are you happy now?


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin
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