I only smile in the dark My only comfort is the night gone black I didn't accidentally tell you that I'm only happy when it rains
For being such a pop-oriented song, this one hit the nail on the head for me. Seems back in the 90s a few bands could get away with darker songs that didn’t sound campy in the way they do (to me) lately. The music was upbeat, but the messaging was not quite so much. Eh — I’m convinced that lyrical talent is often wasted on the masses and that more people listen to a song because it earworms them rather than because of the lyrics. I’m probably the opposite — if the lyrics are just plain bad or commonplace (with some exceptions), my interest in a song wanes over time, but I’ll overlook stylistic choices in the music that I don’t typically choose to listen to if the lyrics grab me. Garbage was one of those bands I probably wouldn’t have listened to by choice based on Stupid Girl (that’s not to say it is a bad song, but it’s not all that interesting in terms of lyrics to me), except that this song’s lyrics grabbed me. So, I bought the album. Not a huge fan of the band, but I won’t skip their tracks either (or switch stations in the car).
This song, however, is one of my favorites from the mid-90s.
[Edit: I might have saved myself a lot of grief over the years if I passed out copies of lyrics from this song. Note for the next life…]