deCODED: Kaskade ft. Skylar Grey - Room For Happiness


Singer/songwriter Skylar Grey has serious cred in the world of hip-hop — her verses have been featured in Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie", Dr. Dre's "I Need A Doctor", P.Diddy's (oh, wait, Diddy-Dirty Money's) "Coming Home", and even Lupe Fiasco's "Words I Never Said". Who knew she'd lend her angst-ridden chops to the non-offensive electro-pop DJ Kaskade's track "Room For Happiness"?

As usual, Skylar's penned up some pretty heavy lyrics for her featured vocals in the juxtaposed bouncy, light song by Kaskade. Let's take a moment to deCODE 'em:

Sometimes I wish
I never felt the influence of you
Cause now I feel
I disconnect like an open wound

Skylar compares herself to a freshly scabbed elbow or knee in the song's first verse. The pain of her ex's influence (aka the effect said lover had on her) is just like poking your scrape that you got from tumbling down the stairs when you were late for work/school. Ouch! 

Here's the second verse:

Sometimes it's worse to have lost
Than to have never had at all
'Cause its a curse to feel loved 
Than to feel it all dissolved

Remember the age-old saying that "It's better to have loved than to have never loved at all"? This is a counter-argument to that line. She's stating that losing her love was WORSE than never loving at all, because the feeling of dissolved love is like a curse. That's some deep stuff. 

And now for the chorus:

Where you once were there is a space
That runs as deep as hell
But every morning when I wake
I tell myself
Don't be fooled by your emptiness
There's so much more room for happiness
Dont be fooled by your emptiness
There's so much more room for your happiness

The song's chorus brings a beacon of hope into Skylar's love-lost tale. Even though her ex left her feeling empty, she tells herself that now there is room for happiness to grow. A surprisingly positive message from Skylar's "grey" heart! 

Do you have any other ideas on what these lyrics are about?

~ A.H.