Happiness by the Kilowatt
Alexisonfire Lyrics


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So this is continuous happiness
You know, I always
Imagined it something more
With the right drapes, the right paints
The right frames, this could really work
What a great day to spend indoors

Wake, wake up, wake, wake up
Wake, wake up, wake, wake up
Wake, wake up, wake, wake up
Wake, wake up, wake, wake up

In a hail of sparks
And a tangle of wires
Everything went wrong

So where has all the day gone?
And why are my lungs aching when I breathe?
Is there something wrong with the heat?
Why am I so cold?
And my heart feels sick
And it hurts when I speak
And this is not what I hoped for

Wake, wake up, wake, wake up
Wake, wake up, wake, wake up
Wake, wake up, wake, wake up
Wake, wake up, wake, wake up

Was this what we hoped for?
It's not what we hoped for!
It's not, not what we, we hoped for!

Was this what we hoped for?




It's not what we hoped for!
It's not!

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Alexisonfire's "Happiness By The Kilowatt" seem to describe the disappointment and disillusionment with the idea of continual happiness. The opening lines set up a scene of a place designed to make the singer happy, with the right drapes, paints, and frames. However, the song takes a turn with the lines "In a hail of sparks and a tangle of wires, everything went wrong." This seems to suggest that the things that were supposed to bring the singer happiness, perhaps material possessions or a certain lifestyle, have failed them. The mood shifts to one of confusion and physical discomfort, with mentions of the lungs and heart feeling sick and hurting when speaking.


The repetition of "wake up" throughout the song could be interpreted as a call to action or a realization that the idea of continuous happiness is not attainable or realistic. The lines "Was this what we hoped for? It's not what we hoped for!" at the end of the song are a clear indication of disappointment and unfulfilled expectations. The use of imagery such as "a hail of sparks" and "tangle of wires" adds to the sense of chaos and confusion in the song, and the repetition of certain lines creates a sense of urgency and the need to break free from the disappointment.


Line by Line Meaning

So this is continuous happiness
The singer expected happiness to be a constant state, but it doesn't feel as fulfilling as anticipated.


You know, I always
The singer has always had high expectations for happiness.


Imagined it something more
The singer had imagined that happiness would be more fulfilling or exciting.


With the right drapes, the right paints
The artist believed that material possessions or aesthetics could contribute to happiness.


The right frames, this could really work
The artist believed that having the right environment could contribute to happiness.


What a great day to spend indoors
The singer is being ironic/sarcastic and commenting on the mediocre nature of their life.


Wake, wake up, wake, wake up
The repetition of this line could signify the singer's desperation or desire for change.


In a hail of sparks
Something chaotic or unexpected happened.


And a tangle of wires
The chaos was potentially technological in nature.


Everything went wrong
The situation became worse than expected.


So where has all the day gone?
Time has passed and the singer doesn't feel like they've accomplished anything.


And why are my lungs aching when I breathe?
The artist is physically and emotionally struggling.


Is there something wrong with the heat?
Something isn't right in the environment, potentially due to the chaos.


Why am I so cold?
The singer could be feeling emotionally or physically numb.


And my heart feels sick
The singer is experiencing emotional pain or heartache.


And it hurts when I speak
The artist is struggling to communicate their emotions or experiences.


And this is not what I hoped for
The artist's expectations for happiness have not been met.


Was this what we hoped for?
The singer could be questioning their beliefs or aspirations.


It's not what we hoped for!
The singer is disappointed or disillusioned with their current situation.


It's not, not what we, we hoped for!
The double negative could emphasize the artist's dissatisfaction or frustration.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Chris Steele, Dallas Green, George Pettit, Jesse Ingelevics, Wade Macneil

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