This is a happy house, we're happy here
In a happy house, oh this is fun
He’s sampling the British punk band Siouxie and the Banshee’s “Happy House.” When asked if “Happy House” is a cynical song, Siouxsie replied that it is “sarcastic. In a way, like television, all the medias, it is like adverts, the perfect family where as it is more common that husbands beat their wives. There are mental families really. The projection is everyone smiling, blond hair, sunshine, eating butter without fat and everyone perfect.”
The way Tesfaye sings these lines makes it sound like he too is trying hard to convince everyone, including himself, that they’re having a good time when they obviously don’t believe that they are. In fact, the scenario is pretty terrifying; the girl that’s having trouble breathing is already told she can’t leave even though her life might be in danger.
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