please explain this song to me

the song is “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter. Lyrics are below. I can tell from the music that it’s supposed to be somewhat melancholic, but what’s the message? is it “yeah, life stinks sometimes, deal with it and stop whining” or is it more like “yeah, life stinks sometimes, let me give you a hug?”

link to song on youtube
Where is the moment we needed the most
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost
They tell me your blue skies fade to gray
They tell me your passion’s gone away
And I don’t need no carryin’ on


Cause you had a bad day
You’re taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don’t know
You tell me don’t lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
You’ve seen what you like
And how does it feel for one more time
You had a bad day
You had a bad day

I cannot explain it, because I cannot stand it. The singer’s voice rubs my nerves worse than nails on a chalkboard. If I hear it on the radio, I jab the button for another station as quickly as I possibly can.

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twickster, Cafe Society moderator

Glad I’m not the only one. I don’t know why, perhaps the repetition of a facile and uninteresting phrase in the chorus, but I find it to be absolutely the most annoying song I’ve ever heard. I hate hate hate the damn thing. I’d rather listen to James Blunt.

Here’s my informal theory, based on “what my Mom hears.” My Mom tends to only hear the the chorus of songs, and even then when she hears them she tends to think that they’re either sad or uplifting based on the melody. So when she hears this song (or others like it) her thought process probably goes something like this; “Yes! i DID have a bad day, but I’m gonna turn it around!” and honestly that’s all she ever gets from the song. I know because I asked her.

Speaking as one who’s never heard this song before, the lyrics don’t seem to make any sense. But sort of vaguely-generically-uncritically I think your informal theory is what we’re supposed to get from it.