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Happy
Happy artwork
Released December 12, 2014
Length 4:03
Label Atlantic Records
Warner/Chappell
Format Digital download, CD (with album)
Producer Marina Diamandis
David Kosten
Marina and the Diamonds chronology
Froot track listing
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"Happy" is a song written by Marina Diamandis, registered on Warner/Chappell.[1] It is the second single from Diamandis' thrid studio album, Froot. The song was the second Froot of the Month, and the Froot was a lemon. Happy performed well across iTunes charts worldwide and was certified Silver by the BPI for shipments of 200,000 units.

Background and compositionEdit

Diamandis described the song as difficult to write, taking over three months to complete the lyrics. After initially writing a verse, she was unsure of what emotion the chorus should express.[2]

Critical receptionEdit

The song received critical acclaim from reviewers. Bradley Stern from Idolator called the track a "gentle, soul-searing ballad" with an "underlying message of hope".[3] Michael Cragg of The Guardian said the track sounded "utterly redemptive" and that the line 'I believe in possibility' refracted like "sun from a cloud".[4] Michelle Geslani from Consequence of Sound said "the song is a bare-bones ballad that's quietly backed only by the delicate purr of a piano. However, its austerity serves as its greatest strength and allows the Welsh singer to convey joy and exultation on her own terms — intimately, with much contemplation, and through the use of her emotive, porcelain-like vocals."[5]

Although the song was not released as a single, upon release it reached number 1 on iTunes in 9 countries, number 6 in the US, and got to ten in the UK.[6] The song failed to chart in any country; in the UK, the song was ineligible to chart since most of the purchases came as instant gratification downloads for album preorders.

VideosEdit

The song didn't have an official video but was released as an acoustic band video on Marina's YouTube channel. Premiered on December 18, 2014. As of August 2016, the video has 1,761,510 views.

Music Video Information
MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS "HAPPY" ACOUSTIC BAND VIDEO04:30

MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS "HAPPY" ACOUSTIC BAND VIDEO

Premiere December 18, 2014
Filmed TBA
Director Paul Caslin
Producer TBA
Production co TBA
Exec. producer TBA
Editor TBA
Choreographer TBA
Length 5:24
Source

LyricsEdit

Couldn't relax, couldn't sit back
And let the sunlight in my lap
I sang a hymn to bring me peace
And then it came, a melody

It felt so sweet, it felt so strong
It made me feel like I belonged
And all the sadness inside me
Melted away like I was free

I found what I'd been looking for in myself
Found a life worth living for someone else
Never thought that I could be, I could be
Happy, happy

Don't go out much at all
I've never been the type to call
I realize to be happy
Maybe I need a little company

So now you know, you know it all
That I've been des-desperately alone
I haven't found the one for me
But I believe in divinity

I found what I'd been looking for in myself
Found a life worth living for someone else
Never thought that I could be, I could be
Happy, happy

I believe in possibility
I believe someone's watching over me
And finally I have found a way to be
Happy, happy

To be letting go
Oh baby you know
What I’m talking about
Got nothing to lose and nothing to prove
Oh baby, I’m bowing out
Out, I’m bowing out

From the concrete to the coast
I was looking for a holy ghost
Like the land joining the sea
Happiness, it followed me

I believe in possibility
I believe someone's watching over me
And finally I have found a way to be
Happy, happy, happy

ReferencesEdit

  1. WW010425831000
  2. "Track by track of Froot - Marina And The Diamonds." YouTube. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  3. http://www.idolator.com/7573756/marina-and-the-diamonds-happy-listen-froot-ballad
  4. http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2014/dec/19/the-playlist-pop-marina-and-the-diamonds-madeon-skrillex
  5. http://consequenceofsound.net/2014/12/marina-and-the-diamonds-premiere-new-song-happy-listen/
  6. https://twitter.com/MarinasDiamonds/status/543357394022326273

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