Don't Worry, Be Happy Lyrics

Bobby McFerrin

publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Robert Mcferrin Jr.
album: No. 1 track in album Simple Pleasures
release date: 1988-8-22
popularity : 5123 users have visited this page.
length: 4:51
engineer: Chris Tergesen
producer: Linda Goldstein

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"Don't Worry, Be Happy" is a song by musician Bobby McFerrin. Released in September 1988, it became the first a cappella song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a position it held for two weeks. The song's title is taken from a famous quote by Meher Baba. The original music video stars Robin Williams and Bill Irwin. The "instruments" in the a cappella song are entirely overdubbed voice parts and other sounds made by McFerrin, using no instruments at all. The music video for the song is considerably shorter than the album version.

The song became an unofficial anthem in Jamaica after Hurricane Gilbert struck the island in September 1988 (coinciding with the song's release) and caused months of hardship to the population. The song is often erroneously attributed to Bob Marley.

Here's 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
But when you worry you make it double
Don't worry, be happy
Don't worry, be happy now

Don't worry, be happy
Don't worry, be happy
Don't worry, be happy
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 landlord say your rent is late
He may have to litigate
Don't worry, be happy


(Look at me, I'm 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 no gal to make you smile
Don't worry, be happy
'Cause when you worry your face will frown
And that will bring everybody down
Don't worry, be happy


(Don't worry, don't worry, don't do it
Be happy, put a smile on your face
Don't bring everybody down
Don't worry, it will soon pass, whatever it is
Don't worry, be happy
I'm not worried, I'm happy)

Track Listing

  • 1 Don't Worry, Be Happy
  • 2 All I Want
  • 3 Drive My Car
  • 4 Simple Pleasures
  • 5 Good Lovin'
  • 6 Come to Me
  • 7 Susie-Q
  • 8 Drive
  • 9 Them Changes
  • 10 Sunshine of Your Love