Bluebird of Happiness: A Song Game

Discussion in 'Homebound/Bedbound' started by gb66, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    How many songs can we find that deal with the subject of happiness, gladness, any positive messages, in the title or lyrics? Smiling, Smiles, Thankful, etc.

    And then there's the flip side. Sadness, Unhappy, Down and Out songs. There must be bunches of them. :)

    "Bluebird of Happiness" And so remember this, life is no abyss, somewhere there's a bluebird of happiness, by Art Mooney.

    "I Can't Smile Without You" lyrics by Barry Manilow.

    "Most Happy Fella" A 1956 musical.
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  2. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi GB

    Lots of happy and not so happy songs.

    Bluebird of Happiness was a big selling recording for Jan Peerce back in
    the 40s. Some 30 years later he used the same title for his biography. Saw
    him in a concert in the 60s.

    Singing in the Rain.
    Let a Smile be your Umbrella on a rainy, rainy day.

    Put on a Happy Face. Sung by Dick Van Dyke in Bye Bye Birdie.
    Everything's Coming up Roses for me and for you from Gypsy.

    And from Oliver, the song Who Will Buy which proclaims, "I'm so high I
    swear I could fly."

    Two Depression era songs from the 30s. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime
    and The Forgotten Man which was the finale of Gold Diggers of 1933.

    Lots of country western songs on the sad side. One from my teen years was
    Heartaches by the Number. Big hit for Guy Mitchell. Both Patsy Cline and
    K. D. Lang recorded Two Cigarettes in an Ashtray. And Born to Lose by
    Ted Daffan.

    Rock
  3. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    More:

    "Happiness is Just a Thing Called Joe" Sung by Judy Garland and others.

    "My Happiness" Sung by Connie Francis in the 1950's.

    "When You're Smiling" Lyrics by Louis Armstrong.

    "Dear Hearts and Gentle People" Recorded by Jim Reeves/Bing Crosby and others.

    "You Make Me Feel So Young" From the 1946 musical "Three Little Girls" and also recorded by Sinatra.

    "Sad Eyes" Recorded by the Bee Gees.

    "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" Performed by Crystal Gayle.

    "Heartbreak Hotel" Elvis!

    "How Do You Mend a Broken Heart" Written by the Gibbs (Bee Gees), 1971.

    "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" Country song by Hank Williams.
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  4. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Hi y'all ....

    It took me a while to think of some songs. So, here are my contributions! :)

    I'm the Happiest Girl in the Whole USA, Donna Fargo, 1972


    Happy Together, The Turtles, 1967


    You've Made Me So Very Happy, Blood Sweat & Tears, 1969



    Happy Happy Birthday Baby, The Tune Weavers, 1957


    I'm Happy Just to Dance with You, The Beatles, 1964



    I tried not to do any repeats of the songs y'all mentioned. I'll be back later, on the flip side! I'll find some "sad" songs. :)

    Great thread.

    Diane
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2014
  5. Soul*

    Soul* Well-Known Member

    It's the most happiest time of the year...

    It's my party and I cry if I want to...
  6. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Soul

    Good ta hear from ya. Hope things are fine at your casa.

    Rock
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  7. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Hi soul! Ditto what Rock said. :) GB
  8. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Diane, Good to see you posting today. I like all the videos. If you ever want to post videos of some of the titles already posted that would be great. I don't know how to do it but I'd love to hear some of those old songs again. GB
  9. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Hi, y'all --

    Here are some videos from songs y'all already posted. Enjoy! :)


    Put on a Happy Face, Dick Van Dyke & Janet Leigh, Bye Bye Birdie




    When You're Smiling, Louis Armstrong




    My Happiness, Connie Francis




    How Can You Mend A Broken Heart, The Bee Gees




    And (already mentioned and one of my all-time favorites:

    I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, Hank Williams




    I'll post more in volume 2 of this post. One can post only so many videos in a single thread.

    See y'all in volume 2.

    Diane :)
  10. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    As promised, Volume 2 ----

    Enjoy!


    Everything's Coming Up Roses, Ethel Merman, Gypsy




    I Can't Smile Without You, Barry Manilow




    Bluebird of Happiness, Jo Stafford & Gordon MacRae, Art Mooney & His Orchestra




    Heartaches by the Number, Guy Mitchell




    Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue, Crystal Gayle




    Hope y'all enjoy listening/watching these. I know that I am!


    Some songs I've never heard before. Others are old favorites.

    Diane, sitting here tapping her toes to the music :)
  11. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Wow Diane, Thanks so much. I love these old songs. Old songs for an old lady. :) GB
  12. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Well-Known Member

    Diane,

    Thanks for posting ! Loved the old songs. We used to sing Bluebird of Happiness in our small group. . Ethel Merman was great too. It has taken me forever to type this - grrr :mad:

    Hugz,
    Granni :)
  13. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Kids

    From the 50s musical "Little Mary Sunshine": Don't be sad and gloomy.
    Come and listen to me. Please be gay. There's no time for teardrops, etc.

    "One For my Baby".
    I'm feeling so bad
    Won't you'd make the music pretty and sad?
    When I'm feeling gloomy, etc.

    Lonely Street.
    Irving Berlin's "And if my song can make you happy, I'm happy."

    "Crying in the Chapel"
    You saw me crying in the chapel.
    The tears I shed were tears of joy. Recorded by Elvis et. al.

    "Cry", big hit for Johnny Ray. And "Cry Me a River".

    My oh my, what a wonderful day
    Plenty of sunshine heading my way
    "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah"
    Zip-A-Dee-A
    From the 40s movie "Song of the South" by Disney.

    And "The Little White Cloud that Cried".

    After this emotional post I have to go lie down with a cool cloth
    on my brow.
    Rock
  14. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

  15. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Awwww, indeed! You didn't make me LOL, GB, but I did smile out loud. :)
    Here's a song that mentions both sadness and happiness. Plaisir D'amour.

    The song is over 200 years old. It has been recorded many times, mostly by
    opera singers. Joan Baez recorded it over half a century ago. And so have
    Marianne Faithful, Nana Mouskouri, and Judith Durham of The Seekers.

    The song says that the pleasure of love lasts only a moment. The pain it
    causes lasts a lifetime long. Lots of versions on Youtube.

    Rock
  16. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Hi GB and Rock and all!

    I just thought of another song:

    Everybody Plays the Fool, by "The Main Ingredient", 1972
    "Okay, so your heart is broken
    You sit around mopin'
    Cryin' and cryin'
    ...
    Everybody plays the fool sometime
    There's no exception to the rule
    Listen, baby, it may be factual, may be cruel
    I ain't lyin', everybody plays the fool"

    I have the TV playing, and I just saw an interview on the Meredith Vieira Show, with actor Cuba Gooding, Jr.
    His dad (Cuba Gooding, Sr.) was the lead singer in this group!




    Plaisir D'Amour, Charlotte Church performance 2008


    I don't understand all the words, and she does switch between French and English. It's a beautiful song.

    Diane
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2014
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  17. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Rock, Smiling out loud is good too. :)

    Diane, Good songs.

    All this sadness is making me want to cry. :(
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  18. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Here's a happy song!!!

    Happy Days Are Here Again, Mitch Miller

    "Happy days are here again,
    The skies above are clear again,
    Let us sing a song of cheer again,
    Happy days are here again."




    Diane :D
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  19. Soul*

    Soul* Well-Known Member


    Ik ben vandaag zo vrolijk
    I am today so happy
    zo vrolijk zo vrolijk
    so happy so happy
    Ik ben behoorlijk vrolijk
    i am quite happy
    zo vrolijk was ik nooit
    so happy i've never been

    Ik was wel vaker vrolijk
    i've been happy more times
    heel vrolijk, heel vrolijk
    very happy, very happy
    maar zo behoorlijk vrolijk
    but so quite happy
    was ik tot nog toe nooit
    i haven't been till now

    Soms ben ik ongelukkig
    sometimes i'm unhappy
    ontzettend ongelukkig
    very unhappy
    Soms ben ik ongelukkig
    sometimes i'm unhappy
    dan sterf ik van verdriet
    than i dye of misery

    Soms ben ik wat neurotisch
    sometimes i am a bit neurotic
    phsychotisch en chaotisch
    psychotic and chaotic
    labiel en neogotisch
    unstable and neogotic
    maar vandaag dus niet
    but today i am not

    Vandaag ben ik zo vrolijk
    today i am so happy
    zo vrolijk zo vrolijk
    so happy so happy
    Ik ben behoorlijk vrolijk
    i am pretty happy
    Zo vrolijk was ik nooit
    so happy i've never been

    Soms ben ik ongelukkig
    sometimes i'm unhappy
    ontzettend ongelukkig
    very unhappy
    Soms ben ik ongelukkig
    sometimes i'm unhappy
    dan sterf ik van verdriet
    than i dye of misery

    Soms ben ik wat neurotisch
    sometimes i am a bit neurotic
    phsychotisch en chaotisch
    psychotic and chaotic
    labiel en neogotisch
    unstable and neogotic
    maar vandaag dus niet
    but today i am not

    Ik ben vandaag dus vrolijk
    so i am today so happy
    zo vrolijk zo vrolijk
    so happy so happy
    Ik ben behoorlijk vrolijk
    i am pretty happy
    zo vrolijk was ik nooit
    so happy i've never been
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  20. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    A Patti Page hit from decades ago. "I Went to Your Wedding"
    Your mother was crying
    Your father was crying
    And I was crying too
    The teardrops were falling
    Because we were losing you.

    "Smile" by Charlie Chaplin
    Smile, though your heart is aching
    Smile, even though it’s breaking.

    "The Freight Train Blues" by Hank Williams.
    A freight train whistle taught me how to cry. I've got the
    freight train blues.

    "Willkommen" from Cabaret.
    Happy to see you.

    "It Keeps Right On A-hurtin'" Big hit for Johnny Tillotson.
    They say a man should never cry
    But when I see you passing by
    My heart breaks down and cries a million tears.

    Johnny had several top ten hits when I was in college. In those
    days nobody had a TV, but almost everybody had a radio. You
    could walk down the dormitory corridor and hear this song
    coming from virtually every room. Same for Marty
    Robbins' "El Paso". (We're talkin' over half a century ago,
    Folks.)

    Rock