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20 Songs That Sound Happy But Actually Have Sad Lyrics

Don't judge a song by its melody.

For the hardcore music lovers, one of the biggest betrayals in life is when you find out that the upbeat song you were listening to actually has some pretty heartbreaking lyrics. Now, listening to that song isn’t the same anymore, and you learn not to judge a book by its cover (or rather, a song by its melody). But on a more serious note, upbeat songs with sad lyrics are actually masterpieces. If you look at it in a different manner, they're just sad songs that make you happy with their vibrant melodies.

If you’re in need of new music recos to add to your playlist of sad, feel-sy songs (Aminin, we all have one!), here are 20 songs with sad lyrics, as recommended by #GenerationCandy. We also compiled it in a playlist so you won't have to.

“The One That Got Away” by Katy Perry

Voted by: @ellekiryuu_13xx 


In another life, I would be your girl

We keep all our promises, be us against the world

In another life, I would make you stay

So I don't have to say you were the one that got away

“See U Never” by Niki

Voted by: @theacuaresma

I'll be seeing you never

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I'm living free, light as a feather

When you're chilly, alone in December

Just remember, I'll be seeing you never 

“Hard Times” by Paramore

Voted by: @laleinm

All that I want is to wake up fine

Tell me that I'm alright, that I ain't gonna die

All that I want is a hole in the ground

You can tell me when it's alright for me to come out 

“Changing of the Seasons” by Two Door Cinema Club

Voted by: @isarrosa

And I've worn out all the reasons

To keep on knocking at your door

Could be the changing of the seasons


But I don't love you anymore

“Hello Stranger” by Janina Vela

Voted by: @itschloexjade 

Can someone tell me please

Does it get easier

To see someone you used to know

I keep asking myself

Would it be better to

Fake that I can't hear when you say hello

“Adore You” by Harry Styles

Voted by: @gorgeousshyra

You don't have to say you love me

You don't have to say nothing

You don't have to say you're mine

“Wonderwall” by Oasis

Voted by: @kristamaaae

And all the roads we have to walk are winding

And all the lights that lead us there are blinding

There are many things that I

Would like to say to you but I don't know how

Because maybe, you're gonna be the one that saves me

And after all, you're my wonderwall

“Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran

Voted by: @mlmercado3

So I'll sing Hallelujah

You were an angel in the shape of my mum


When I fell down you'd be there holding me up

Spread your wings as you go

And when God takes you back we'll say Hallelujah

You're home 

“Congratulations” by Day6

Voted by: @heylorlin

Congratulations, glad you're doing great, woah

Congratulations, how are you okay, woah

How could you be so fine

I can see it in your eyes

The same look that you gave me, that kills me inside

“Rare” by Selena Gomez

Voted by: @maxinepumaren

Saw us getting older

Burning toast in the toaster

My ambitions were too high (too high)

Waiting up for you upstairs

Why you act like I'm not there?

“Happier” by Marshmello ft. Bastille

Voted by: @fayeultra, @amberapola

I wanna raise your spirits

I want to see you smile but

Know that means I'll have to leave

“Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5

Voted by: @kit_bnzn 

But things just get so crazy, living life gets hard to do


Sunday morning, rain is falling and I'm calling out to you

Singing, someday it'll bring me back to you

“I Don’t Care” by The Ransom Collective

Voted by: @heydudzy

Run along, nothing to say

'Cause all along it never mattered anyway

Sometimes, I feel like I'm okay

Sometimes, I feel like I wanna run away

“Eight” by IU ft. SUGA

Voted by: shreyasingh2k

So are you happy now?

Finally happy now, are you?

Well, I'm exactly the same

I think I've lost everything

Everything comes as it pleases and leaves without a goodbye


Voted by: @rayzcia

I start humming and before I know it

I feel like crying, I don’t feel like myself

This isn’t like me at all

I love you so much

“Cherry Wine” by Hozier

Voted by: @rizalynleus

Calls of guilty thrown at me

All while she stains

The sheets of some other


Thrown at me so powerfully

Just like she throws with the arm of her brother

“The Break Up” by LANY

Voted by: @_amaranthx_ 

You think you wanna be, you wanna be alone

Just wait until you're crying on the shower floor

It hits you in the chest, 'bout every day you're done

'Cause once you let it go, you better know it's gone

“Somebody Else” by The 1975

Voted by: @krxtinnn 

I don't want your body

But I hate to think about you with somebody else

Our love has gone cold

You're intertwining your soul with somebody else 

“Love Scenario” by iKON

Voted by: @its.zmc 

I’m not really okay

Going through this break up

Today was our yesterday and now there’s no tomorrow

It hurts but if we dragged it out more, it would’ve become a scar

I loved you and I was loved

So that’s good enough for me 


“Lifetime” by Ben&Ben

Voted by: @theleighlopez

Tangled with another's eyes

Never mind, you were never mine

Glimpse of me and you

Oh, you were a good dream

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I was, but I am not. Desperately, I am trying to reach you – my hope. I am in this particular space in my own constructed world where doubts and frustrations recur. Emphasizing how scared I am being here, I never explored this area before. I was always in those places filled with benevolence, hope shining like the light the sun and the moon possess. And I didn’t have any plans to visit a ‘dark’ place, as how I described it then. But, as funny as how my world suddenly flipped, I am now here, completely lost with monsters persuading me to go insane.

How did I end up here? I can’t logically tell you the answer for that, but I guess, I know when. It started when I had to consider what college course do I want to pursue. Well, if you want to ask what ambition had occurred in my mind when I was young – which is usually the case in terms of life when you were like 7-year-old young - it was definitely being a doctor. I’d thought about wearing a medical coat with a stethoscope around my neck, ready to cure people from their illnesses. It was actually stuck in my mind for so long I almost thought that I was sure of it, yet, as a particular song yields, almost was never really enough and still, it is and will never be.

When I realized that such a perspective was slowly draining me, I tried my best to stand tough. I convinced myself that this was just temporary, that I could think of a way out of this. “There’s still plenty of time,” I once convinced myself. However, my environment demonstrated the contrary: I felt like I was completely out of time.

I was there when my classmates were happily talking about that ‘dream course’ they wish to take in their ‘dream university.’ I was there when my family was suggesting the thought of using my ‘suitable’ speaking voice for broadcasting and voice acting purposes. I was there when my teacher was convincing me that Education suited me the best. That ‘Stand tough!’ aura I used to own back then, suddenly transformed into ‘I give up!’ state, slowly destroying my being. And now, I am here in this space where doubts and frustrations are filling my former enthusiastic self. I need help.

I know, at this point, some of you may never consider me ‘fatal’ because, as you’re reading this, you may judge that I still have the ability to transform my thoughts into words that can be read, so that ‘automatically’ falls into the aspect of complete sanity. No, because I will never tell everything to you in the first place if I still have the urge to stand like I used to, relative to my belief that speaking up through writing is the best way to attract help.

When you look at the photo of mine above, you may say that I was okay. That I was successful. That I was never losing myself. Yes, I was. But, think about what happened days after that was taken and the message of this passage you started reading minutes before, do you think I am still the same girl smiling in the photo? I hope I will be or better yet, improve if the world will permit me. But, now I’m sure – I’m not the same.


This blog is dedicated to all teens out there struggling in determining what they really want in their life or if you simply want a glow up. And since were still facing a pandemic, I think this is also a season where everyone is re-thinking about their lives. So, I hope these advices might help you.

Tip #1. TAKE RISK - since most of you are still young, I advice you to take your biggest risk. Whether it may be taking the course you want, a skill you want to acquire or just simply taking the risk to throw away your emotional baggage from your childhood. While you're still young, you have very little to lose. You dont have that much commitments and responsibilities. Because the older you get, the more responsibilities and obligations came. So when they are still not piling up, take the risk! As for me, the biggest risk I took when I was still a teenager is to CUT OFF TOXIC FAMILY TIES.

I may sound rude here but, yeah. I decided to throw away my emotional baggage from my traumatic childhood and cut off some of my family ties and it is completely okay! You dont have to be bothered by whatever they will say. Because at your age, you are already investing on your growth as a person. If you really want to grow, THERE IS NO PERFECT TIME FOR YOU TO TAKE RISK BUT NOW. Because in taking risk you are actually giving yourself a reward of getting something amazing or beyond what you expect you can have. As they say, the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. Keep in mind that the bigger the risk, the bigger possibility of FAILURE. But that is completely OKAY. Because just like what I said earlier, you are still young. You dont have so much to lose so, dont be afraid to take the risk and then fail. But after failing, learn from it and the more courage you have to take risk the greater the learning, reward or happiness. Ito na nga, how to take risk nga ba? And what are the risk that would actually help me to grow? #

2: VOICE LESSON - dont get me wrong, hindi ito vocalization para sa pagkanta. What I mean is, learn to listen to that VOICE INSIDE YOU. Listen to your heart, to your intuition and to your visions because it will be your GUIDE. Because I realize that as you go along your journey of your life and if you really want to be YOURSELF and be successful in achieving your goals, the only GUIDE that you should follow is your OWN VOICE.

It is okay to take and consider other people's advices but at the end of the day,you should never forget to listen to your own voice. Because that voice is what tells you what you truly want. How would you know that if it is your 'own' voice? Your own voice always comes from your HEART. The voice where YOU and GOD'S voice are one. Because I firmly believe that God knows your heart and that is where he reside. I like journaling because whenever I journal my thought every night and every morning, I feel a dual voice inside my head. Like, it contradicts what the other voice is telling. For example: If we have dreams or goals that puts us so much weight and pressure to the point that it makes you exhausted, STOP. Because it might be a dream or goal of someone else. I believe that your own dreams and goals may be frustrating most of the time, but that frustration has fueling feeling that will always tell you that 'This is the hard way to better so keep going'. Frustration in your own dreams will not make you feel exhausted because achieving a dream itself is a fulfilling feeling.

#3. TAKE ACTION - if you really want something to happen, take action. Dont just sit there and wait things to come your way. Make action or decisions that will take you to where you want to go in your life. Just like what I said in one of my novels that I am writing in wattpad, "There is no such thing as destiny or fate. Because YOU make your OWN life choices." For example, I cannot expect to be a published author if I dont write any novels right? The bottomline here is, if you are not moving forward you are actually moving backward. And it is a sad thing. Life is full of situations where you will be put in the line whether you take courage or just stay where you are. Because GROWING needs consistency in moving forward. So if you dont have to enough courage to take action, your life will always stay the same or worse you will continuously shrink down.

#4. EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS - this means stretching your comfort zone. I watched an anime entitled "Black Clover" there is a captain there where he always tell his subordinates to surpass their limits right, here right now. Going out of our comfort zones are surely scary and uncomfortable. But you have to accept the fact that you cannot stay on the coast forever. You have to change, because the only thing that is constant in this world is change right? Go out of your comfort zones because LIMITS are just in the MIND. There are disabled people who are successful in their own careers. Because the lesson here is, if you hold back there will be no growth. Because GROWTH blooms in DISCOMFORT.

Last, #5. INVEST IN YOURSELF - especially now that you are still young, you should focus on investing on yourself more. Time is your bestfriend at this point of your life. You have so much time to discover things about yourself. I never regret buying and reading books that I never knew will help me later on in dealing life's challenges. You can use that time to read books, gain wisdom, or pick a new skill, improve your talent and learn from your experiences. Keep learning outside your home or your school. Because the real battlefield is OUTSIDE. What you learn in school will only help you in your career but your wisdom and experiences will help you in life or as a person. People who doesnt embrace growth will never succeed in their life. (This is a reflection blog from my 21st birthday last week. I hope you can feature this on your page and I hope it can help others as well. )

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