My Happy Ending

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Not to be confused with Happy Ending (song).
"My Happy Ending"
Single by Avril Lavigne
from the album Under My Skin
B-side "Take It"
Released July 7, 2004 (2004-07-07)
(see release history)
Format CD single
Recorded 2003–2004
Ruby Red Productions,
(Atlanta, Georgia);
Ocean Way Recording,
(Hollywood, California)
Genre Post-grunge,[1] alternative rock
Length 4:02
Label Arista, RCA
Writer(s) Avril Lavigne, Butch Walker
Producer(s) Butch Walker
Avril Lavigne singles chronology
"I Always Get What I Want"
(2004)
"My Happy Ending"
(2004)
"Nobody's Home"
(2004)
Music video
"My Happy Ending" on YouTube

"My Happy Ending" is a song written by Avril Lavigne and Butch Walker for Lavigne's second album, Under My Skin (2004). It was released as the album's second internationally released single in 2004 and became Lavigne's fourth most successful single. It peaked higher than "Don't Tell Me", the album's first single. In the United Kingdom, it reached the top five; in the United States, it peaked at number nine (staying in No. 9 for 4 weeks). Structurally, the song is written in 4/4 style and has a repeated hook in both the chorus and in the intro and outro.

The RIAA certified "My Happy Ending" platinum in January 2005, making it Lavigne's second platinum single after "I'm with You" (2002). Allmusic highlighted the song as one of the most significant post-grunge songs of all time.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "My Happy Ending" was written and directed by MTV and Grammy winner Meiert Avis. It was shot on location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Harlem, New York City. The video begins with Lavigne running down a street and entering a cinema, where she finds the film playing is a montage of her memories concerning a specific relationship she had. At first, the memories (shown in full color) are happy, depicting Lavigne at the park with her boyfriend, as he hands her a flower and they laugh together. They are also shown goofing off inside a laundromat. However, as Lavigne sings "so much for my happy ending," the memories start losing color. Lavigne and her boyfriend lie in bed together, as she looks at him and he (obviously reeling from a disagreement) stares blankly away. The relationship culminates during the song's bridge inside a grocery store, where her boyfriend antagonizes her, insisting that he talk to her. He grabs her and tries to pull her into his embrace. Fed up, she turns and pushes him away. She proceeds to run out of the grocery store and down the street (from the beginning of the video), and to a guitar shop where she grabs a guitar and walks to the roof of the building, where she is seen performing with her band. There, she walks past her unapologetic boyfriend without looking at him. The theater film tears and the memories end, leaving the final seconds of the video as a close-up on Lavigne in the theater as she tries to decide if the break-up is happy after all. In the end, three other girls witnessing in the restaurant leave with Lavigne who know about the breakup as they befriend each other.

Lavigne said of the video: "It's about a relationship that doesn't work out, and having to say goodbye to all of the memories and... all that stuff." When asked if the video for "My Happy Ending" actually contains a happy ending, Lavigne said: "I don't know if the video has a happy ending. It kind of depends on how you look at it? In one way, it is because me and 'the guy' in the video aren't together anymore, and I think that's a better thing."

Reception[edit]

David Browne of Entertainment Weekly magazine commented "Lavigne herself sounds more burdened; ... the sk8erboi of the first album has turned out to be a selfish, nasty creep who ... treats her like crap".[3] Allmusic highlighted the song as a "track pick" in a review of the album, Under My Skin.[4] Blender also did the same.[5] PopMatters thought "The second single, "My Happy Ending", suffers from a marked similarity to a few recent hits, notably Michelle Branch's "Everywhere" and Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles" (...) The ticklish good humor of "Sk8er Boi" has been subsumed by the sardonic regret of "My Happy Ending".[6]

In an AOL Radio listener's poll, "My Happy Ending" was voted Lavigne's third best song.[7]

As of July 2013, "My Happy Ending had sold 1,093,000 digital copies in the US.[8]

Usage in media[edit]

"My Happy Ending" was used for the movie Bring It On: All or Nothing. The song was also used in the trailer for A Lot Like Love with Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet.

The song was used in a season five episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, "Mea culpa" (November 25, 2004), in a season four episode of Smallville, "Facade" (October 6, 2004) and in a season five episode of Gilmore Girls, with Dean's little sister listening to it.[9] Additionally, it was used as one of the tracks in the soundtrack of iCarly (which also contains "Leave It All to Me", the show's theme song co-sung by Lavigne). The song was used several episodes of MTV programs Date my Mom and Next.

The song has also appeared in video games, and has been featured in three major karaoke series: Lips, SingStar, and Karaoke Revolution.

Lavigne sang the song during the closing ceremony at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Track listing[edit]

Australia CD single
No. Title Length
1. "My Happy Ending" (clean version) 3:58
2. "My Happy Ending" (live acoustic version) 3:54
3. "Take Me Away" (live acoustic version) 2:51
4. "Take It"   2:49
France and United Kingdom CD single
No. Title Length
1. "My Happy Ending" (album version) 4:02
2. "Take It"   2:49
Germany, Italy and Taiwan CD single
No. Title Length
1. "My Happy Ending" (album version) 4:02
2. "My Happy Ending" (live acoustic version) 3:54
3. "Take Me Away" (live acoustic version) 2:51
4. "Take It"   2:49
5. "My Happy Ending" (music video) 4:00
Japan CD single
No. Title Length
1. "My Happy Ending" (radio version) 3:58
2. "My Happy Ending" (album version) 4:02
3. "Don't Tell Me" (live acoustic version) N/A
United Kingdom CD single
No. Title Length
1. "My Happy Ending"   4:02
2. "My Happy Ending" (live acoustic version) 3:54
3. "Take Me Away" (live acoustic version) 2:51
4. "My Happy Ending" (music video) 4:00
United Kingdom CD promo
No. Title Length
1. "My Happy Ending" (radio version) 3:58
2. "My Happy Ending" (album version) 4:02
United States CD promo
No. Title Length
1. "My Happy Ending" (radio version) 3:58
2. "My Happy Ending" (album version) 4:02
3. "My Happy Ending" (callout hook) 0:10
Notes (censorship)
  • The radio version of the song replaces the word "shit" with "stuff"; while in the music video, the word "shit" is simply censored by removing the "-it" portion of the word.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[36] 62
Austrian Singles Chart[37] 45
Sweden Singles Chart[38] 66
UK Singles Chart[39] 106
US Billboard Hot 100[40] 54

Awards[edit]

Year Awards ceremony Award Results
2004 Imperio Music Awards Video of the Year Won
2005 MuchMusic Video Awards People's Choice: Favourite Canadian Artist Nominated
Socan Awards Pop Music Award Won
MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Female Video Nominated
Canadian Radio Music Awards Fan Choice Award Won
2006 BMI Awards Best Pop Song Won

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format
United States[41] June 16, 2004 Arista, RCA Mainstream radio
Japan[42] July 7, 2004 (2004-07-07) BMG Japan CD single
Australia[43] July 19, 2004 (2004-07-19) Arista
Germany[44]
United Kingdom[45][46] August 2, 2004 (2004-08-02)
France[47] November 8, 2004 (2004-11-08)

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