Song of the Day #3,075: ‘The Happiest Song I Know’ – Laurie Berkner

laurie_berknerThis Laurie Berkner duet with Tom Chapin is indeed a happy song, but I wouldn’t call it the happiest song I know.

For starters, I would submit that Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ is a happier song than this. R.E.M.’s ‘Shiny Happy People’ is, too. And those are just songs with “happy” in the title.

Way back in ’09, I did a week of happy songs that included the R.E.M. tune as well as Simon & Garfunkel’s ’59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)’ among others.

That followed a week of Fiona Apple songs and complaints from my loyal readers that things were getting too depressing. I do sometimes aim to please.

This is happiest song I know
Guaranteed to make me smile
This is the happiest song I know
Carried me many a mile

This is the happiest song I know,
Guaranteed to make you grin
This is the happiest song I know
Open up and let it in

Like fresh new fallen snow
Like the best trick that you know
Like flying kites to amazing heights
Like going to a Broadway show

Like a cherry tree in bloom
Like somebody cleaned your room
Like a merry-go-round that comes to town
Like fireworks that go “boom!”

This is the happiest song I know
Guaranteed to make me smile
This is the happiest song I know
Carried me many a mile

like a wild blueberry patch
like a long fly ball you catch
like the way you shout when school is out
like ice cream down the hatch
like a wicked water slide
like a fire engine ride
like the thrill you feel when behind the wheel
when bumper cars collide

this is the happiest song I know
just come a-bubblin’ up
this is the happiest song I know
happy as a newborn pup

some songs are the Australian crawl
this song is like a cannonball
some songs are really cool and hip
this song is like a comic strip

some songs can make you all depressed
this song is like a tickle fest
some songs sing you a sad farewell
this song rings a dinner bell

this is the happiest song I know
guaranteed to make me smile
this is the happiest song I know
carried me many a mile

this is the happiest song I know
now you know it, too
this is the happiest song I know
pass it on when you’re through

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,075: ‘The Happiest Song I Know’ – Laurie Berkner

  1. Dana says:

    I thought that you had made a rule long ago to exclude kids’ songs from the blog generally, or at least from random iTunes fairy weekends? Or perhaps you are still listening to Berkner on your own?😄

  2. Clay says:

    They’ve come up so infrequently that I’ve allowed them.

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