Unhappiness
Chris Isaak Lyrics


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I know I should try, and I do.
I know that I can't win.
But I try for you, sometimes I pretend.
I've found my happiness.

Dark is day, and the night is blue.
But darling that's alright.
Cause' I know without you, I'd be left alone.
With my unhappiness.

If you think your alone, if you think that it's wrong that you've only died inside.
Always lonely, always lonely.
If you think that it's true, that your love ain't blue, that there's nothing to do but cry.
Then your lonely, always lonely.

Don't know why I cry, but I do.
I worry over you.
And I know someday, that when this love is through.
I'll find unhappiness.




When I'm through, I'll find unhappiness.
When I'm through, I'll find unhappiness.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Chris Isaak's song "Unhappiness" speak of the struggles of a person in love who can't seem to win the affection of the person they care for deeply. The song starts with the singer acknowledging the futility of trying to win over their loved one, but that they try anyway, perhaps even pretending that everything is okay. Despite their efforts, they have found their own happiness, a happiness that is fragile and easily shattered.


The chorus reveals the singer's inner turmoil and loneliness, noting that if he thinks he is alone or that his love is unrequited, all his misery will come to the surface. The second verse acknowledges that even though the singer may worry about his loved one, he knows that eventually, the love will end, and he'll be left with unhappiness.


Overall, the theme of the song is bittersweet, depicting the highs and lows of being in love and the pain that comes with knowing that it may not last forever.


Line by Line Meaning

I know I should try, and I do.
I understand that I need to put in effort and I am doing my best.


I know that I can't win.
I am aware that I might not be able to succeed.


But I try for you, sometimes I pretend.
I make the effort for you, but at times, I might be faking it.


I've found my happiness.
I have finally discovered what brings me joy.


Dark is day, and the night is blue.
Even when things seem bleak and hopeless, I keep going.


But darling that's alright.
But it's okay, I can handle it.


Cause' I know without you, I'd be left alone.
I am aware that I cannot be alone and that I need you in my life.


With my unhappiness.
If I am without you, I will find myself unhappy.


If you think your alone, if you think that it's wrong that you've only died inside.
If you feel as though you are on your own and that something is wrong with you.


Always lonely, always lonely.
You will continuously feel lonely.


If you think that it's true, that your love ain't blue, that there's nothing to do but cry.
If you believe that your emotions are stagnant, and there's no recourse but to be sad.


Then your lonely, always lonely.
You'll find yourself remaining lonely.


Don't know why I cry, but I do.
I don't understand why I am sad, but it's how I feel.


I worry over you.
I am concerned about your well-being.


And I know someday, that when this love is through.
I am aware that this relationship may not last forever.


I'll find unhappiness.
Without this relationship, I will be unhappy.


When I'm through, I'll find unhappiness.
Once this relationship ends, I will find myself unhappy.


When I'm through, I'll find unhappiness.
Once this relationship ends, I will find myself unhappy.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: CHRIS ISAAK

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