Fake Happy
Paramore Lyrics


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I love making you believe
What you get is what you see
But I'm so fake happy
I feel so fake happy
And I bet everybody here
Is just as insincere
We're all so fake happy
And I know fake happy

I been doing a good job of makin' 'em think
I'm quite alright
But I hope I don't blink
You see its easy when I'm stomping on a beat
But no one sees me when I crawl back underneath

If I smile with my teeth
Bet you believe me
If I smile with my teeth
I think I believe me

Oh please don't ask me how I've been
Don't make me play pretend
Oh no, oh what's the use?
Oh please, I bet everybody here is fake happy too

And if I go out tonight, dress up my fears
You think I'll look alright with these mascara tears?
See I'm gonna draw my lipstick wider than my mouth
And if the lights are low they'll never see me frown

If I smile with my teeth
Bet you believe me
If I smile with my teeth
I think I believe me

Oh please don't ask me how I've been
Don't make me play pretend
Oh no, oh oh what's the use?
Oh please, I bet everybody here is fake happy too

I know I said that I was doing good and that I'm happy now
Oh oh
I should've known that when things are going good
That's when I get knocked down

Oh please, just don't ask me how I've been
Don't make me play pretend
Oh no, oh no
Oh what's the use?




Oh please, I bet everybody here is fake happy too
Oh please, I bet everybody here is fake happy too

Overall Meaning

The song Fake Happy by Paramore is a powerful commentary on the emotions many of us experience but choose not to show. The lyrics speak to the idea of wearing a mask, pretending to be happy when in reality one is struggling. The lines "I love making you believe, What you get is what you see, But I'm so fake happy, I feel so fake happy" indicate the singer's desire to convince others that they are happy, but the underlying tone suggests a sense of detachment from this facade.


The song's chorus highlights the contrast between the singer's public persona and their inner turmoil. "If I smile with my teeth, Bet you believe me, If I smile with my teeth, I think I believe me" suggests that the singer is trying to convince themselves that they are happy as well. However, the line "I hope I don't blink, You see it's easy when I'm stomping on a beat, But no one sees me when I crawl back underneath" indicates the difficulty of maintaining this act for an extended period. The lyrics establish that nobody is genuinely happy, and each of us wears a facade.


Overall, the song captures a sense of disconnect between the public face that people present to the world and their true emotions. The message is relatable and resonates with many people who live in a world where they feel the pressure to present an image of happiness even when they are not genuinely feeling happy.


Line by Line Meaning

I love making you believe
I enjoy deceiving you


What you get is what you see
But what you see is not who I truly am


But I'm so fake happy
I put on a happy facade, even though I'm not really happy


I feel so fake happy
I acknowledge that my happiness is fake


And I bet everybody here
I believe that everyone around me


Is just as insincere
is also hiding their true feelings and emotions


We're all so fake happy
We all pretend to be happy


And I know fake happy
I am familiar with pretending to be happy


I been doing a good job of makin' 'em think
I've been successfully convincing others that I'm okay


I'm quite alright
despite the fact that I'm not really okay


But I hope I don't blink
I hope that nobody will notice the cracks in my facade


You see its easy when I'm stomping on a beat
It's easy for me to pretend to be happy when I'm performing music


But no one sees me when I crawl back underneath
But when I'm not on stage, I retreat back to my true unhappy self


If I smile with my teeth
When I fake a smile


Bet you believe me
People believe that I'm actually happy


I think I believe me
I start to deceive even myself


Oh please don't ask me how I've been
I don't want to confront my real emotions


Don't make me play pretend
I don't want to pretend to be happy anymore


Oh no, oh what's the use?
I feel hopeless and useless


Oh please, I bet everybody here is fake happy too
I believe that everyone else around me is also pretending to be happy


And if I go out tonight, dress up my fears
If I go out tonight but I'm still afraid


You think I'll look alright with these mascara tears?
I wonder if people will think I'm okay, even though I'm crying


See I'm gonna draw my lipstick wider than my mouth
I will wear a lot of lipstick to try and distract from the sadness in my eyes


And if the lights are low they'll never see me frown
If the lighting is low, people won't see that I'm unhappy


Oh please, just don't ask me how I've been
Again, I don't want to talk about my true emotions


I know I said that I was doing good and that I'm happy now
I may have said that I'm happy, but it's not true


I should've known that when things are going good
I should've realized that happiness doesn't come from external circumstances


That's when I get knocked down
But when things don't go my way, I feel sad again


Oh no, oh no
I feel overwhelmed and lost


Oh what's the use?
I feel like there's no point in pretending to be happy anymore


Oh please, I bet everybody here is fake happy too
I believe that everyone around me is also pretending to be okay




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Hayley Nichole Williams, Taylor York

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@alejandrocastroj6452

I love making you believe
What you get is what you see
But I'm so fake happy
I feel so fake happy
And I bet everybody here
Is just as insincere
We're all so fake happy
And I know fake happy

So I've been doing a good job of makin' 'em think
I'm quite alright, better hope I don't blink
You see it's easy when I'm stomping on a beat
But no one sees me when I crawl back underneath

If I smile with my teeth
Bet you believe me
If I smile with my teeth
I think I believe me

Oh please don't ask me how I've been
Don't make me play pretend
Oh no, oh what's the use
Oh please, I bet everybody here is fake happy too

And if I go out tonight, dress up my fears
You think I look alright with these mascara tears?
See I'm gonna draw up my lipstick wider than my mouth
And if the lights are low they'll never see me frown

If I smile with my teeth
Bet you believe me
If I smile with my teeth
I think I believe me

Oh please don't ask me how I've been
Don't make me play pretend
Oh no, oh oh what's the use?
Oh please, I bet everybody here is fake happy too

I know I said that I was doing good and that I'm happy now
I should've known when things were going good that's when I'd get knocked down

Oh please, just don't ask me how I've been
Don't make me play pretend
Oh no, oh no, oh what's the use?
Oh please, I bet everybody here is fake happy too

Oh please
Oh please

Oh please, I bet everybody here is fake happy too

Carlos...



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@hardrocklov1

I've never realized that through the whole video, she's imitating other people, making the same gestures, sometimes a bit exaggerated, because that's what faking happiness is all about...

@expensivemagic4754

that hit hard

@redefinedliving5974

omg :(

@gabrielagrassi8237

Ma gosh, that is so true

@kylier1973

Woah me either

@Sharok888

never heard such pseudo intellectual nonsense

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"after laughter is about the look on people's faces when they're done laughing. if you watch somebody long enough, there's always this look that comes across their face when they're done smiling, and i always find it really fascinating to wonder what it is that brought them back to reallity. so that's what after laughter is."

@JoshWalkerr

OMG

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@edengallagher1044

I think about that quote all the time now and I always watch people when they're done laughing

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