Daily Archives: November 24, 2012

Radio XI, side B, track 6: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin

Oh, Bobby McFerrin, of course I had to record this one more than once.  I’m actually surprised I didn’t make a tape of just this song looping over and over again.  It was a different time, Bobby McFerrin, when a song with no instruments other than your fabulous voice and a message as simple as not worrying and being happy could get some serious airplay right next to songs by Def Leppard and Cinderella.  I don’t know what it means about the times I grew up in, but I’m glad I grew up when I did mainly because of this song.

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

<happy whistling>

Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry

Be happy

In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry, you make it double
Don’t worry

Be happy
Don’t worry, be happy now

Ooo-oo-hoo-hoo-oo hoo-hoo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
Don’t worry
Woo-oo-woo-oo-woo-oo-ooo
Be happy
Woo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
Don’t worry, be happy

Ooo-oo-hoo-hoo-oo hoo-hoo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
Don’t worry
Woo-oo-woo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
Be happy
Woo-oo-woo-oo-ooo
Don’t worry, be happy

Ain’t got no place to lay your head
Somebody came and took your bed
Don’t worry

Be happy

The landlord say your rent is late
He may have to litigate
Don’t worry
 
(Uh-uh-uh, uh-uh)
Be happy

(Look at me, I’m happy)
Woo-oo-hoo-hoo-oo oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
Don’t worry
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
Be happy
Oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo (Here, I give you my phone number. When you’re worried, call me. I make you happy.)
Ooo-oo-hoo-hoo-oo oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
Don’t worry
Woo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Be happy
Woo-oo-oo-oo-ooo

Ain’t got no cash, ain’t got no style
Ain’t got no gal to make you smile
But don’t worry

Be happy

‘Cause when you’re worried, your face will frown
And that will bring everybody down
So don’t worry

Be happy

Don’t worry, be happy now
Ooo-oo-hoo-oo-oo oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
Don’t worry
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
Be happy
Woo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
Don’t worry, be happy
Ooo-oo-oo-oo-oo oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
Don’t worry
Woo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Be happy
Woo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
Don’t worry, be happy
Ooo-oo-hoo-oo-oo oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
Don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t do it
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
Be happy
Oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
Put a smile on your face
Don’t bring everybody down like this
Ooo-oo-hoo-hoo-oo oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
Don’t worry
Ooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
It will soon pass, whatever it is
Ooo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
Don’t worry, be happy
Ooo-oo-hoo-hoo-oo oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
I’m not worried

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