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Don't Worry, Be Happy Performed by Bobby McFerrin


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Enviado por E.B.  - 11/Fev 6:53
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1966 Don't Worry Be Happy inspiration card


The Indian mystic and sage Meher Baba (1894–1969) often used the expression "Don't worry, be happy" when cabling his followers in the West.[1] However, Meher Baba communicated variations of the sentiment; fuller versions of the quote—such as, "Do your best. Then, don’t worry; be happy in My love. I will help you"[2] -- also incorporate responsibility ("do your best...") alongside the detachment ("don't worry..."), as well as the master/disciple spiritual relationship ("I will help you"). In the 1960s, the truncated version of this expression by Baba was printed up on inspiration cards and posters of the era. In 1988, McFerrin noticed a similar poster in the apartment of the jazz band Tuck & Patti in San Francisco. Inspired by the expression's charm and simplicity, McFerrin wrote the now famous song, which was included in the soundtrack of the movie Cocktail, and became a hit single the next year. In an interview by Bruce Fessier for USA Weekend Magazine in 1988 McFerrin said, "Whenever you see a poster of Meher Baba, it usually says 'Don't worry, be happy,' which is a pretty neat philosophy in four words, I think."[3]

Covers and alternative versions

Versions of "Don't Worry, Be Happy" have been recorded by several artists. The Katsimiha Brothers made a Greek cover of the song with original lyrics, and Montenegrin musician Rambo Amadeus made a parody entitled "Don't Happy, Be Worry," as a critique to the optimism of the music scene in the former Yugoslavia in the face of war and economic depression. The lyrics of "Fight the Power" by hip-hop artists Public Enemy also refer to "Don't Worry, Be Happy". This song is also added into the Big Mouth Billy Bass. Hermes House Band covered the song on their "Rhythm of the Nineties" album in 2009.

Usage in films and television

The song, and its title are commonly repeated in US culture. Comedian George Carlin wrote in Napalm and Silly Putty that many Americans would embrace the philosophy of denial in the song. The song was used in George H. W. Bush's 1988 U.S. presidential election campaign until McFerrin, who was a Democrat, objected and the campaign desisted.[4] The song is frequently used in film and television soundtracks to accompany light-hearted scenes, such as in Flushed Away (2006), WALL-E (2008), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Simpsons, Futurama, Nip/Tuck and That 70s Show. It was also featured in the soundtrack to 1988 film Cocktail. It has also been used in an ironic context for shocking or traumatic scenes, such as in Dawn of the Dead (2004) and Jarhead (2005). The song has been used in various forms in TV advertising for brands including Alamo Rent A Car, Walkers and Huggies.

Chart success

Originally released in conjunction with the film Cocktail in 1988, the song originally peaked at #88 on the Billboard Hot 100[5]. The song was re-released the same year and peaked at #1 on September 24, 1988[5]. The song also peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Tracks chart[6] and #7 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart[5]. The song was also a hit in the United Kingdom and peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart.

See also


  1. ^ Meher Prabhu: Lord Meher, The Biography of the Avatar of the Age, Meher Baba. Bhau Kalchuri, Manifestation, Inc. 1986. pp. 5134, 5770, 5970, 6405, 6742...
  2. ^ "Don’t Worry, Be Happy!" entry in Baba's Words, The Master's Glossary, C-D
  3. ^ USA Weekend Magazine, October 21–23, 1988
  4. ^ ""Don't Worry, Be Happy", Bobby McFerrin". VH1's Pop-up Video. 1997.
  5. ^ a b c [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "((( Bobby McFerrin > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". allmusic. 1950-03-11. http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:3ifoxqy5ld6e~T51. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 

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Preceded by
"Sweet Child o' Mine" by Guns N' Roses
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
September 24, 1988- October 1, 1988
Succeeded by
"Love Bites" by Def Leppard
Preceded by
"Graceland" by Paul Simon
Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Succeeded by
"Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler

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