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Happy Little Pill By Troye Sivan

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Transcript of Happy Little Pill By Troye Sivan

Meaning.
Happy Little Pill is the second single from Troye Sivan's EP "
TRXYE
." The song is written by Troye Sivan, Brandon Rogers and Tat Tong.
Similes.
"Bright lights and city sounds are ringing like a drone"
This line depicts lights and sounds numbing you out. The urbanized landscape pulls you out from true happiness. Also it shows that you aren't focusing on something but rather in deep thought.
"Like a rock I float"
This shows the emptiness and numbness a person is feeling inside due to the "happy little pill." But as rocks do not float, this process of happiness and numbness is unnatural and my take on this is that is depicts the fake numbness that drugs provide and how it is not real happiness.
Metaphors.
"Buying happy from shopping carts"
This dictates that people are getting happiness from money and its materialistic happiness and like previously stated, happiness cannot be bought as it is an emotion.
"Sipping life from bottles"
Relative to the previous point, this lyric is talking about how people rely on alcohol and money for happiness and life.

Alliterations.
"Oh, glazed
eyes, empty
hearts"
This lyric conveys dullness and depression within a person, their eyes are glazed and their hearts are empty; lacking feeling.
"Nothing but
time to
kill"

This shows that people are alone and bored and have nothing to do except watch the time go by.
"Bar lights" x11
Bar lights are reffering to the bright city lights.
BY TROYE SIVAN
Sivan has stated that he wrote this song for a friend of his who was battling depression and loneliness. Rumours suggest the song is about Connor Franta but Sivan has denied these rumours multiple times.

"It's about loneliness and the different ways that people cope with the things that are going on in their lives."

"I wrote this song during a bit of a rough time for someone super close to me, and for myself, and it still means as much to me as the day I wrote it."
This song is about modern society and how people are driven towards artificial happiness. This song shows how people are buying "happiness" even though it cannot be bought as it is a feeling, an emotion, not a thing you can physically buy.




The official music video shows Sivan in a rich apartment. But he's alone and bored, the video shows him channel surfing and staring at the ceiling fan as it spins. There is also a soccer player who is trying to enjoy himself but can't as he alone and another girl who is surrounded by medals. Even though she is rich and has accomplished so much, she is isolated and lost because she has no one with her.

Then the video shows two teens hanging out and having the time of their lives. But after you see the two standing away from each other on a bridge, watching the traffic and looking as bored as the others. They are incomplete without their "happy little pill."

The music video shows an owl and a lizard. The owl depicts wisdom, freedom and strength. The owl is watching the scenes as if it knows what is truly happening. The lizard depicts feeling different and unlike others.
Personifications.
"Gucci down the boulevard"
Gucci is a brand and you can't do anything to it let alone walk it down the boulevard. What this lyric is saying is that as people walk down the street, they are surrounded by things bought by money and Gucci is an expensive brand. This can be linked to "buying happy from shopping carts."
"Sweat and conversations seep into my bones"
Sweat and conversations can't seep into your bones, nothing can really seep into your bones. What this lyrics is trying to convey is the numbness and loneliness experienced by people coping with depression, how they are present physically but not emotionally as they do not catch any of the conversation.
"Nothing but time to kill"
This point has been previously explained and refers to people being alone and bored, trying to pass the time in their solemn state.
"My happy little pill
Take me away
Dry my eyes
Bring colour to my skies
My sweet little pill
Take my hunger
Light within
Numb my skin"
The chorus as a whole is a personification. The song is actually referring to a person but the lyrics have been changed to pill. Sure the pill's side effects may make you feel like multiple things have changed, but a pill cannot physically change the colour of the sky and provide you with eatables. The pill is what people are using to get rid of their depression and loneliness, as previously mentioned.

Core Values.
This song is about empathy and honesty.

I feel like this song is about empathy because Sivan wrote this song for a friend who was going through rough times. Sivan stated
"I wrote this song during a bit of a rough time for someone super close to me, and for myself, and it still means as much to me as the day I wrote it."
Troye connected to his friend and expressed his feelings and understanding through the song
Happy Little Pill.

This song is also about honesty because its about the true feelings and experiences of those dealing with depressions and loneliness.
Sivan stated
"It's about loneliness and the different ways that people cope with the things that are going on in their lives."
This song truly tells us about how people use drugs and materialistic items for happiness. The song shows true, raw emotion.
em·pa·thy
ˈempəTHē/Submit
noun
the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

hon·est
ˈänəst/
adjective
1.
free of deceit and untruthfulness; sincere.
"I haven't been totally honest with you"
synonyms: truthful, sincere, candid, frank, open, forthright, ingenuous, straight; More
adverbinformal
Social Justice
Issue.
A social justice issue that I can relate with this song is drug abuse. This is because the song talks about people using and relying on drugs to solve their personal problems. This could be a potential problem that could lead to addiction.
Personal Connection/Experience.
As I say this, I'm not afraid to say that almost every individual has felt like this at least once in their lifetime.

At times, I have valued materialistic items more then family and friends and general happiness which cannot be bought. Like sure, hanging out with dad may be great, but getting that new book is better.

The song also features society as a whole, relying on materialistic items for happiness,
"buying happy from shopping carts."
It's norms say that you need certain items to be happy, and you should buy these products and these clothes and these brands.
Questions.
1. Why might someone rely on a pill (or any other drug) for happiness?
If someone is on the pill or any other drugs, are they really happy? Or is it just an effect?

2.How would someone interpret the meaning of this song without knowing the actual meaning?

3. How would someone interpret the meaning of this song without actual meaning?

4.

How would you react if you were put in the situation of the individuals featured in the music video?
Would you take the pill? Or go out of your way to find something else to make you happy?

5. What might provoke someone to try drugs?
friends? family? media? past? surroundings and environment?
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