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Hi

I've seen lots of really good lyrics on Songstuff and heard lots of really good music too. Looking over the work posted here I see lots of negative emotions expressed song, but few positive ones, and those few tend to be related to love....

So that challenge, should you be brave enough to accept it, is to write a happy song. A genuinely happy song, with no apologies. One rule other than that... it can't be love related.

I think this is a hard challenge for writers, especially those who write predominantly sad songs.

Lyrics only, music only or complete songs, it's all good, though the more complete songs the better...

So step "write" up :) Feel free to post the works on the critique boards for more detailed critique but post a link to your topic here when you post your work.

Cheers

John

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Hi

I've seen lots of really good lyrics on Songstuff and heard lots of really good music too. Looking over the work posted here I see lots of negative emotions expressed song, but few positive ones, and those few tend to be related to love....

John

I believe your observation is universal. particularily in the Pop/rock/metal/country genres

Is it genres..........genre.....moose..mooses :)

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John,

You've left us a lot of leeway in self-defining what a "happy song" is, but I can work with that. If and when we accept the challenge and post, where should we put the songs/lyrics? I was going to post at Lyric Reviews, but thought I had better check first. All I can do is lyrics, but if someone reads 'em and wants to ad music as part of their own interpretation of "happy", feel free.

Phil

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Hi Phil

I'd post them in the critique section but post a link in this topic and maybe the lyric itself.

The reason is really related to the type of discussion. The lyrics critique board will give you sepcific feedback on the lyric, but in here we can focus on the happiness aspect and the work within the context of that, if that makes sense. The link is simply for interest and perhaps to increase your reviews! :)

Nice one, looking forward to reading your lyrics!

Cheers

John

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OK

Here's a little thing I am curently fooling around with.

Working title is "Newf and Goat".

Nothing at all to do with either Alistair or Far Eastern Canada.

More to do with colloquially phonetic pronunciation for part of the hook.

I never quite knew how to dance before

Then I caught sight of you across the floor

Became enchanted by your terpsichore

More and more

Si senor.

I took you in my arms and suddenly

I felt that rhythm charm more nat’rally

It came as easily as 1 2 3…

A B C…

Yes sirree

Now I know how it feels

When you kick up your heels

Giving up to the “Go man, go!”

Of the new fangled tango

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Here's a little ditty I did for this contest.:

Sunshine rains down upon me

Just like diamonds, radiantly

I fly through the daisy fields

Glistening like a yellow sea

My world is crystal clear

Whenever you are near

All the kind words I hear

My angel, hold me tight

Hold me every night

You make everything alright

Now go get me a beer

*does jazz hands*

That was off the top of my head ya know. :P

~Reine~

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  • 3 weeks later...

It's a good challenge. Looking back, I think I've only ever written two truly happy pieces, and neither of them recent. The second one (lyrics and mp3) was written because my brother wanted "another one like Touch The Ground" and it held some strong resemblance to the first.

However, while definitely a snippet instead of a full piece, here's a sketch I wrote this afternoon for the challenge:

Happy Song.mp3 (needs lyrics, but I'm definitely not coming up with those on the spot!)

--Geraint

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Here's your happy song! take that!

--------------------------------------------

fish bone

(punky, choppy singing)

lookin high, lookin low, gonna find you know

little food, little milk maybe mice in the road

fish bone in a cats stomach

fish bone in a cats stomach

think quick, be fast, empty gut, no go

look twice no better, no mice in the road

maybe fish in the pond maybe something in the grove

hate water, be quick, so cold catching fish

chorus

fish bone in a cats stomach

fish bone in a cats stomach

fish bone in a cats stomach

fish bone in a cats stomach

he prowls, he sneaks, he'll jump and pounce

not go'ne be hungry tonite, hay

he's happy, he's full, got fish, from the pool

no worries, alright, fish bone, in his stomach tonight

(chorus)

fish bone in a cats stomach

fish bone in a cats stomach

fish bone in a cats stomach

fish bone in a cats stomach

--------------------------------------------

cheers,

dan

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Well, here is a happy one......If you like to do a little beer drinking. Oh yeah, viewer discretion advised. The quality isn't that good, but it is a cool song I did a while ago. And I did manage to get my wife drunk to do this one.....haaaaaaaaaaaaa

Soundclick:

FU#$%^ Up Tonight

Lyrics

Wake up in the morning, the sun is in my eyes

I coudn't think of simple things last night

I have no sunglasses, I step into the light.

Where's my beer, where's a girly for me tonight

Light me up that cigarette, pass me a drink,

That sun is fading fast, I'm gonna get.............

I let you figure the rest out. :P

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With "no love", does that include love to a friend, love to a child/parent, etc?

Also, isn't this a bit genre specific? I mean, I could probably write a happy country-song about.. say sitting on a swing or somthing. But metal, now (imho) that's a bit harder.

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Hey

Well ok, I was exaggerating. :P Bluegrass actually has quite a lot of happy songs :) though country as such isn't particularly known for happy tunes. Same goes for blues.

So yes, some genres may be easier than others.

I'm no authority on country, and there are many sub or related genres. Some i generally like (not that many) and others I'm not so fond of - mainly due to repetition of ideas both lyrically and musically across the genres. That's just my perspective of course. :)

Cheers

John

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Aw, cmon... I'm not the biggest fan of country music either but sure there are happy/upbeat songs. From the old (Hank Williams' "Hey Good Lookin') to the new (Toby Keith's "I Ain't As Good As I Once Was") and in between (lots of stuff by Johnny Cash).

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