Don't Worry Be Happy

Bobby McFerrin


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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
Don't worry, be happy
But when you worry you make it double
Don't worry, be happy now
Don't worry, be happy
Don't worry, be happy
Ain't got no place to lay your head
Don't worry, be happy
He may have to litigate

Here I give you my phone number, when you worry, call me,
Ain't got no cash, ain't got no style
Don't worry, be happy
And that will bring everybody down

Be happy, put a smile on your face
Don't worry, it will soon pass, whatever it is
I'm not worried, I'm happy)


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