Friday, January 16, 2009

Don't Worry Be Happy

Every song has a hidden meaning. Occasionally, this is a shocking revelation, like when an innocent song shows its nasty side. Van Morrison's 'Brown Eyed Girl' being a veiled ode to butt sex, comes to mind.

But usually, it's no deeper than an appreciation for drugs veiled in a thin ('Puff the Magic Dragon') or nonsense ('Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds') metaphor.

Bobby McFerrin takes it one step further in 'Don't Worry Be Happy' which is actually a conversation between a drug dealer and his most dependable client. McFerrin advocates a hedonistic scofflaw philosophy, encouraging his client to not worry about the landlord and the late rent, but to 'come see me, I'll make you happy.'

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