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My New Legs/Are You Happy Now

Recorded

September 17, 2012 - December 18, 2013

Genre

Power Pop, Punk Rock, Post-Punk

"My New Legs/Are You Happy Now" is a double-song written by Austin Scholl and recorded under his alias ThornBrain. It was released on his second album, Nobody Cares Unless You're Pretty or Dying.

About

"My New Legs" is a song supportive of people who are unhappy with their own body image, saying to find some pride in one's own appearance. It points out instances of the common perception of beauty being skewed by major media. It was inspired by a routine by Australian stand-up comedian Adam Hills about how women in major media are redrawn to the point that they don't even look like themselves in real life. The song also references a Victoria's Secret advertising poster Thorn once saw where the model who was so thin that her stomach appeared to have caved in. Mugiwara Yoshi and BigTUnit1 jokingly noted how the lead guitar melody resembles "La Cucaracha".

"Are You Happy Now" is written as a shot against musicians who write songs about the desire to become famous, and about famous musicians who complain about their fame. Additional shots are made towards bogus celebrity marriages and Dave Grohl bragging about recording albums in a basement and a garage, despite both albums being recorded with top-line studio equipment anyway.

The two songs were originally written separately. Near the end of recording for the album, Thorn realized that he had not included "Are You Happy Now" anywhere in the tracklisting. He noticed that it and "My New Legs" were written with similar tempos, so he simply combined the two. The instrumental bridge was added to transition from "My New Legs" to "Are You Happy Now".

Though friend and colleague Jon Pino has listed it as a favorite song of his, Thorn himself considers it one of the weakest recordings the albums, primarily the singing and mixing.

Lyrics

So, once again the guy you're stuck with
Took you out to dinner
He orders you a salad, guess he
Wishes you were thinner
You know when you catch his sight
"Unsightly" seems to say it right
But that's the reason he is yours
You know that he too ain't a winner

What is beautiful to you (Look at my new legs)
Does it look at all like you
Should know the girl in the mag (Look at my new legs)
Doesn't really look like that, no
Look at my new legs

You think you finally understand
What makes the people rave
Should you work your stomach flat
Hers seems to be concave
You want to focus on her clothes but
Kudos to the one who draws her
Legs 'cause you don't realize
Those aren't the ones her mother gave

What is beautiful to you
Does it look at all like you (Look at my new legs)
Should know the girl in the mag
Doesn't really look like that, no (Look at my new legs)
Look at my new legs

What is beautiful to you (Nobody cares unless you're pretty or dying)
Does it look at all like you (Nobody cares unless you're pretty or dying)
Should know the girl in the mag (Nobody cares unless you're pretty or dying)
Doesn't really look like that, no (Nobody cares unless you're pretty or dying)
What is beautiful to you (Nobody cares unless you're pretty or dying)
Does it look at all like you (Nobody cares unless you're pretty or dying)
Should know the girl in the mag (Nobody cares unless you're pretty or dying)
Doesn't really look like that, no (Nobody cares unless you're pretty or dying)

Point your ass at the cameraman and say
Some ignorant opinion of the world today
Why do you pine for fame and fortune
When you get a lot more than that
Your tears are a farce

Rock out loud in your giant Hollywood home
It escapes me why no one wants to leave you alone
There's nothing remotely interesting about you
But we must know about your cat

Are you happy now
You got what you wanted
You are not allowed to cry
Are you happy now
You are rich and famous
And sought by the cameraguy

You know I love you but you missed the important part
You put the heart back in rock but you've got the funding for your art
How's a poor kid gonna give his basement or garage
Half the tech that you got in yours
You're seeing too close

Everyone gets dropped
A side glance once in their lives
Take the cheap way up
Or work it out
Or play it out
Or burn it out
Then burn it out
And burn it out
Burn it

Are you happy now
You got what you wanted
And you didn't have to try
Are you happy now
Everyone is watching
Counting down until you die

Oh how you dreamed of being a rockstar
You wrote a song and everything
You worked your ass off to be a movie star
Hey what's that piece of shit you call a wedding ring
The whole thing's missing
A toilet metaphor
If only it were easy
To piss it all away
When everybody's watching

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