Song Lyric Sunday – June 14, 2020 – Happy Jack

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Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

Today I’m offering you the Who song, Happy Jack.

The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964 by Roger Daltrey (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Pete Townshend (vocals, guitar, keyboards), John Entwistle (vocals, bass) and Keith Moon, (drums, vocals). They became known for energetic live performances which often included instrument destruction. The Who have sold about 100 million records, and have charted 27 top forty singles in the United Kingdom and United States, as well as 17 top ten albums, with 18 Gold, 12 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone.

Written by Pete Townshend  and recorded at IBC Studios in November 1966 the electric version of ‘Happy Jack’ reached #3 in the UK charts in December 1966. It was also the first record by the Who to make the US singles charts.  I don’t think that the group liked to play this song. They rarely performed it live and, in later years, would play a shortened version of only about two minutes.  In the acoustic version, which I think is better, Pete plays cello.

 

 

 

Happy Jack

Happy Jack wasn’t old, but he was a man
He lived in the sand at the Isle of Man
The kids would all sing, he would take the wrong key
So they rode on his head on their furry donkey

The kids couldn’t hurt Jack
They tried and tried and tried

They dropped things on his back
And lied and lied and lied and lied and lied

But they couldn’t stop Jack, or the waters lapping
And they couldn’t prevent Jack from feeling happy

But they couldn’t stop Jack, or the waters lapping
And they couldn’t prevent Jack from feeling happy

The kids couldn’t hurt Jack
They tried and tried and tried
They dropped things on his back
And lied and lied and lied and lied and lied

But they couldn’t stop Jack, or the waters lapping
And they couldn’t prevent Jack from feeling happy

I saw ya! (said in response to Keith Moon trying to sneak in to the recording booth to join in the singing!)

Writer PETER TOWNSHEND 
Publisher: T.R.O. INC.
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

14 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – June 14, 2020 – Happy Jack

    1. I read, many years ago that Jack was what was referred to in those days as a simpleton. Today he would probably be described as Special Needs, or having mental health issues. Children at their worst made fun of him and bullied him. I cannot find any reference to that now!

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  1. this is great, I hadn’t heard this song, but I think I have most of there albums… I saw them in Germany when I stationed in Hindenburg 🙂 it was a Great concert,
    Thank you for sharing
    Take Care…You Matter…
    Blessings
    mary

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  2. I never did find out what the words of this song meant, so thank you for that, Peter. I can’t say The Who were one of my favourite groups/bands of that era but, I will say they were different. I think what put me off them was the smashing up of their guitars at the end of performances. I always thought it was such a waste of money. Lol Perhaps I was just a prude! I did like Roger Daltrey as an actor, though

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