Bobby McFerrin: Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Creator: Bobby McFerrin released the song ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ in 1998 (Capitol Records) and it rose to #1 on Billboard and won a Grammy for Song of the Year in 1989.

Purpose: The saying ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ was made famous by Meher Baba. And McFerrin wrote the song because it was a “…pretty neat philosophy in four words”. (Wikipedia)

Song Manifesto

Bobby McFerrin: Don't Worry Be HappyHere is 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

When you worry you make it double

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 land lord say your rent is late

He may have to litigate

Don’t worry, be happy

Lood at me I am happy

Don’t worry, be happy

Here I give you my phone number

When you worry call me

I make you happy

Don’t worry, be happy

Ain’t got no cash, ain’t got no style

Ain’t got not girl to make you smile

But don’t worry be happy

Cause when you worry

Your face will frown

And that will bring everybody down

So don’t worry, be happy (now)…..


There is this little song I wrote

I hope you learn it note for note

Like good little children

Don’t worry, be happy

Listen to what I say

In your life expect some trouble

But when you worry

You make it double

Don’t worry, be happy……

Don’t worry don’t do it, be happy

Put a smile on your face

Don’t bring everybody down like this

Don’t worry, it will soon past

Whatever it is

Don’t worry, be happy




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