Glad to Be Unhappy
Frank Sinatra Lyrics


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Look at yourself, if you had a sense of humor
You would laugh to beat the band
Look at yourself, do you still believe the rumor
That romance is simply grand?
Since you took it right on the chin
You have lost that bright toothpaste grin
My mental state is all a-jumble
I sit around and sadly mumble
Fools rush in, so here I am
Very glad to be unhappy
I can't win, but here I am
More than glad to be unhappy
Unrequited love's a bore
And I've got it pretty bad
But for someone you adore
It's a pleasure to be sad
Like a straying baby lamb
With no mammy and no pappy




I'm so unhappy
But oh, so glad

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Frank Sinatra's song Glad to Be Unhappy describe a person who has experienced heartbreak and has become disillusioned with the concept of romance. The opening lines, "Look at yourself, if you had a sense of humor, you would laugh to beat the band," suggest that the singer is aware of the ridiculousness of his situation and is trying to make light of it. However, he soon admits that he has lost his "bright toothpaste grin" and is feeling lost and confused.


He then expresses his acceptance of his unhappy state, stating that he is "very glad to be unhappy" and that unrequited love is a "bore" but still a "pleasure to be sad" for someone he adores. The closing lines, "Like a straying baby lamb, with no mammy and no pappy, I'm so unhappy but oh, so glad," further emphasize his feelings of being lost and alone but still finding a sense of comfort in his sadness.


Overall, Sinatra's Glad to Be Unhappy is an introspective and melancholic song that explores the complexities of love and heartbreak. It is a reminder that sometimes it is okay to not be okay and to find peace in the midst of pain.


Line by Line Meaning

Look at yourself, if you had a sense of humor
Observe yourself, and if you possessed the ability to find amusement in life, you would be laughing uncontrollably right now.


You would laugh to beat the band
You would be laughing so hard, it would sound as if a full band was playing music.


Look at yourself, do you still believe the rumor
Examine yourself and question whether or not you still hold onto the myth that love is always perfect and fulfilling.


That romance is simply grand?
That the act of being in love is always amazing and without any hardships?


Since you took it right on the chin
Since you suffered a hard blow or setback.


You have lost that bright toothpaste grin
You no longer wear a cheery, gleaming smile similar to a TV commercial smile that appears to be made from toothpaste.


My mental state is all a-jumble
I'm feeling mentally chaotic or confused.


I sit around and sadly mumble
I sit idly, whispering words of regret or sorrow to myself in a low tone.


Fools rush in, so here I am
Foolish people rush into a situation without thinking it through, and that is why I am now stuck in my present situation.


Very glad to be unhappy
Ironically enough, I am feeling content or comfortable in my own misery.


I can't win, but here I am
I'm not succeeding, but here I am existing in my own way.


More than glad to be unhappy
I'm even more content with my unhappiness than I was before.


Unrequited love's a bore
Loving someone who doesn't have the same feelings in return is monotonous and unexciting.


And I've got it pretty bad
I'm in a bad way or it's really taken a toll on me.


But for someone you adore
However, when it's someone you cherish deeply,


It's a pleasure to be sad
It's actually kind of enjoyable to experience the sadness if it's for that special someone.


Like a straying baby lamb
Similar to a baby sheep that has wandered off from its mother and father,


With no mammy and no pappy
Without any mother or father figure to provide guidance and support,


I'm so unhappy
I'm extremely unhappy right now.


But oh, so glad
Still extremely content with being unhappy.




Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., IMAGEM MUSIC INC
Written by: LORENZ HART, RICHARD RODGERS

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Mike


on The Lady Is A Champ

eight

She gets too hungry for dinner at eight
She can't eat late and stay up all night, because unlike society types, she has to get up in the morning.

She likes the theatre and never comes late
She cares more about seeing the play than being seen making an entrance.

She never bothers with people she'd hate
Her friends are friends, not social trophies.

Doesn't like crap games with barons or earls
While barrns and earls probably don't play craps, she associates with friends, not people to be seen with.

Won't go to Harlem in ermine and pearls
She doesn't "slum", the practice of the rich in the 30's, when the song was written, of touring poor neighborhoods dressed in rich clothes to "tut, tut" about the deplorable conditions, and congratulate each other for "caring about the poor"

Won't dish the dirt with the rest of the girls
Doesn't trade gossip for acceptance among an in-crowd


She likes the free, fresh wind in her hair
She cares more about how her hair feels than conforming with current hair fashions

Hates California, it's cold and it's damp
Since most of California is noticeably warmer and / or drier than New York, where the play the song was written for is set, this is probably a facetious excuse to like what she likes.


And she won't go to Harlem in Lincoln's or Ford's
Another reference to slumming, but facetious, since Lincolns and Fords were middle-class, not luxury brands when the lyric was written

Anonymous


on Try a Little Tenderness

Here are the correct lyrics

Try A Little Tenderness - Frank Sinatra - Lyrics

Oh she may be weary
Women do get wearied
Wearing that same old shabby dress
And when she’s weary
You try a little tenderness

You know she’s waiting
Just anticipating things she’ll may never possess
While she is without them
Try just a little bit of tenderness

It’s not just sentimental
She has her grieve and her care
And the words that soft and gentle
Makes it easier to bear
You wont regret it
Women don't forget it
Love is their whole happiness
And it’s all so easy
Try a little tenderness

Musical Interlude

And, it’s all so easy
Try a little tenderness

Daniel


on The Way You Look Tonight

I met Frank Jr. in Las Vegas, a real gentleman. RIP you both.

Giorgi Khutashvili


on Theme from New York, New York

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