Ava Della Pietra continues to find her own voice inside of upbeat pop music. The song "happy for you" is about seeing someone you used to date with someone else and how you should be happy for that person but it's not easy. The chorus sings about how "it's hard to be happy" because you see someone you might still want to be with.
This is something which we struggle with a lot in our youth but maybe grow out of when we're older. There was always this concern of why can that person work out in a relationship with a person who isn't me. Often times, it can even make you feel like there's something wrong with you, like you're broken.
But one thing that I've learned throughout my life is that people are like puzzle pieces. Sometimes two don't fit together, but two others might. So it's not that we're broken or flawed for not being able to make it work, but rather we just haven't found that other person who fits with us yet. And in a lot of ways, yes, that still pertains to this song because it can be difficult to celebrate the success of others when we cannot find it for ourselves.
While I have very specific tastes when it comes to music, I do enjoy that this song is perhaps one of the most upbeat and just overall happy songs that I can listen to but also has words that are coming out about not being happy. Lyrically, in many ways, this feels like a grunge song but the music is not the same. And though you might not yet ready to be happy, this song hopefully will guide your mood to one day get you there.