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Don`t Worry Be Happy

by Bobby McFerrin

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!
Don't worry....... be happy.
Don't worry, be happy.
Don't worry....... be happy.
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 says your rent is late
He may have to litigate
Don't worry....... be happy
Don't worry, be happy now!
Don't worry....... be happy.
Don't worry, be happy.
Don't worry....... be happy.
Don't worry, be happy!



       

A popular song

The cover of the Bobby McFerrin single "Don't Worry Be Happy""Don't Worry, Be Happy" is the title and famous principal lyric of a song by popular musician Bobby McFerrin, the first a cappella song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, holding that position for two weeks in September of 1988. At the 1989 Grammy Awards, "Don't Worry Be Happy" won 'Best Song of the Year'. The song's title is taken from a famous quote by Meher Baba. The original music video stars Robin Williams and Bill Irwin. Every "musical" part of this song was noises that McFerrin made, and compiled together. There are no instruments in this song.

History

Meher Baba (1894-1969) often used the expression "Don't worry, be happy" when cabling his followers in the west. Later, in the 1960's, this well used expression by Baba was printed up on inspiration cards and even day-glo posters of the era. In 1988, Bobby McFerrin noticed a similar poster in the apartment of the jazz band Tuck & Patti in San Francisco. Inspired by the expression's charm and simplicity, McFerrin wrote the now famous song.

Meher Baba did not mean to convey by this expression that one should avoid facing and solving problems, the sentiment that led to the satirical iconic image of a smiley face with a bullet through its head. He was scrupulous about tending to personal duties and facing reality head on. This is evidenced by the fact that his words were often, "Do your best, then don't worry, be happy."