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"Happy Little Pill" is a single by Australian singer-songwriter Troye Sivan. The song is the first single from TRXYE, his first extended play released by a major label. It was released digitally on 25 July 2014. The song was written by Troye Sivan, Brandon Rogers and Tat Tong. Sivan said of the song, "It's about loneliness and the different ways that people cope with the things that are going on in their lives." He also 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."

"Happy Little Pill" peaked at number 10 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart (aided by the sales of his extended play TRXYEthat were not eligible to chart on the Australian Albums Chart) and was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association for sales exceeding 35,000 copies. The single received critical acclaim for its mature sound.

LyricsEdit

In the crowd alone
And every second passing reminds me I'm not home
Bright lights and city sounds are ringing like a drone
Unknown, unknown

Oh, glazed eyes, empty hearts
Buying happy from shopping carts
Nothing but time to kill
Sipping life from bottles
Tight skin, bodyguards
Gucci down the boulevard
Cocaine, dollar bills
And...

My happy little pill
Take me away
Dry my eyes
Bring colour to my skies
My sweet little pill
Tame my hunger
Light within
Numb my skin

Like a rock I float
Sweat and conversations seep into my bones
Four walls are not enough
I'll take a dip into the unknown, unknown

Oh, glazed eyes, empty hearts
Buying happy from shopping carts
Nothing but time to kill
Sipping life from bottles
Tight skin, bodyguards
Gucci down the boulevard
Cocaine, dollar bills
And...

My happy little pill
Take me away
Dry my eyes
Bring colour to my skies
My sweet little pill
Tame my hunger
Light within
Numb my skin

Oh, glazed eyes, empty hearts
Buying happy from shopping carts
Nothing but time to kill
Sipping life from bottles
Tight skin, bodyguards
Gucci down the boulevard
Cocaine, dollar bills
And...

My happy little pill
Take me away
Dry my eyes
Bring colour to my skies
My sweet little pill
Tame my hunger
Light within
Numb my skin

Music video Edit

A music video to accompany the release of "Happy Little Pill" was posted by Troye Sivan, on his Vevo YouTube page. It was directed by Jeremy Koren.

BackgroundEdit

Sivan said of the song, "It's about loneliness and the different ways that people cope with the things that are going on in their lives." He also 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."

Critical receptionEdit

"Happy Little Pill" has garnered acclaim from contemporary music critics. Mike Wass from Idolator praised the song, and said: "'Happy Little Pill' is a surprisingly mature (and dark) pop anthem."Abby Abrams from TIME praised the lyrics and production of the song, and commented: "'Happy Little Pill' seems primed to move the teen into the big leagues, with melancholy lyrics and a downtempo electronic sound that give off a world-weary vibe."Platform called the single "an infectious and brooding synth-pop song which is sure to take over dance floors across the world" and praised its "profound lyricism."

Happy Little Pill (Live Version)Edit

"Happy Little Pill (Live Version)" is a recording of a song, "Happy Little Pill" by Troye Sivan, that is featured as a bonus track on the Target exclusive edition of Sivan's debut studio album, "Blue Neighbourhood". It was written by Sivan, Brandon Rogers, and Tat Tong, and was produced by Stacey Jones. The song duration is 4:02.

Track listing Edit

Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Happy Little Pill" (radio edit) Troye Sivan, Brandon Rogers & Tat Tong 3:44

Charts and certifications Edit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2014) Peak

position

Australia (ARIA) 10
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 47
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) 45
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 50
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100) 45
Denmark (Tracklisten) 11
Finland (Suomen virallinen latauslista) 1
Germany (Official German Charts) 87
Ireland (IRMA) 11
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 85
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 2
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100) 48
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 86
US Billboard Hot 100 92

Year-end chart Edit

Chart (2014) Position
Australian Artist Singles (ARIA) 26

Certifications Edit

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA) Gold 35,000^
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history Edit

Region Date Format Label
Australia 25 July 2014 Digital download Universal Music Australia

VideosEdit

Music VideoEdit

Troye Sivan - Happy Little Pill03:48

Troye Sivan - Happy Little Pill

Live VersionEdit

The live version of Happy Little Pill was included on Blue Neighbourhood (The Remixes).

RemixesEdit

Main article: Happy Little Pill/Remixes

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