Bastille scores its first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since 2014’s “Pompeii,” as the group’s collaboration with Marshmello “Happier” debuts at No. 63 on the list dated Sept. 1. The English indie pop group landed two tracks on the Hot 100 in 2014: “Pompeii” reached No. 5 in March, while “Bad Blood” spent one week on the chart at No. 95 in April.

“Happier” sounds like an upbeat good time at face value, but dig into the lyrics, and you’ll hear the sordid tale of a love that’s over before one party wants to accept it. Sometimes we have to sacrifice ourselves for the ones we love, and Bastille singer Dan Smith belts out his passions as he walks into the sunset.

“We’ve been having a great time writing for other artists in and amongst making our Bastille albums and mixtapes,” Bastille frontman Dan Smith told NME. “Last year we wrote a song called ‘Happier’ and everyone got really excited about it so we thought it would be good as a collaboration. We had a really interesting time getting to work on it with Marshmello who managed to find some euphoria in a pretty melancholy, direct song.

[Intro]
Lately, I’ve been, I’ve been thinking
I want you to be happier, I want you to be happier

[Verse 1]
When the morning comes
When we see what we’ve become
In the cold light of day we’re a flame in the wind
Not the fire that we’ve begun
Every argument, every word we can’t take back
‘Cause with all that has happened
I think that we both know the way that the story ends

[Chorus]
Then only for a minute
I want to change my mind
‘Cause this just don’t feel right to me
I want to raise your spirits
I want to see you smile but
Know that means I’ll have to leave

[Post-Chorus]
Know that means I’ll have to leave
Lately, I’ve been, I’ve been thinking
I want you to be happier, I want you to be happier

[Verse 2]
When the evening falls
And I’m left there with my thoughts
And the image of you being with someone else
Well, it’s eating me up inside
But we ran our course, we pretended we’re okay
Now if we jump together at least we can swim
Far away from the wreck we made

 

 

[Chorus]
Then only for a minute
I want to change my mind
‘Cause this just don’t feel right to me
I want to raise your spirits
I want to see you smile but
Know that means I’ll have to leave

[Post-Chorus]
Know that means I’ll have to leave
Lately, I’ve been, I’ve been thinking
I want you to be happier, I want you to be happier

[Bridge]
So I’ll go, I’ll go
I will go, go, go
So I’ll go, I’ll go
I will go, go, go

 

 

[Pre-Chorus]
Lately, I’ve been, I’ve been thinking
I want you to be happier, I want you to be happier
Even though I might not like this
I think that you’ll be happier, I want you to be happier

[Chorus]
Then only for a minute
I want to change my mind
‘Cause this just don’t feel right to me
I want to raise your spirits
I want to see you smile but
Know that means I’ll have to leave

[Post-Chorus]
Know that means I’ll have to leave
Lately, I’ve been, I’ve been thinking
I want you to be happier, I want you to be happier

[Outro]
So I’ll go, I’ll go
I will go, go, go

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