DON’T WORRY (Parody of) Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin

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You might think that things look grim
because of tweets you see from him,
but don’t worry, be happy.
It could be much worse than you think
but worrying won’t make it shrink.
Don’t worry, be happy.
Don’t worry, be happy now.

Don’t worry.
Be happy.
Don’t worry, be happy.

You got less money than you need.
It will get worse from corporate greed,
but don’t worry, be happy.
Try to smile up to the end.
That’s what I would recommend.
Don’t worry, be happy
Look at me, I’m happy!

Don’t worry, be happy.

So if the news just makes you blue
then watching it is bad for you,
so don’t do it.
Be happy.
Look around there’s lots of trouble,
but if you worry you make it double.
Don’t worry, be happy.
Don’t worry, be happy now.

Don’ worry, be happy,
Don’t worry, be happy.

I know it all keeps come atcha,
but I’m telling you a new format
you don’t worry.
Be happy.
Now listen to what I say.
I know you think things really sting
but there much worse than you might think.
So why worry? Be happy now.

Don’t worry.
Be happy.
Don’t worry, be happy.
Don’t worry.
Be happy.
Don’t worry, be happy.
Don’t worry, don’t worry.
Don’t worry, don’t do it, be happy.
Put a smile in your face.
Don’t bring everybody down like this.
Don’t worry.
It will soon pass, whatever it is.
Don’t worry, be happy.
I’m not worried, I’m happy.


“Don’t Worry Be Happy”

Single by Bobby McFerrin
from the album Simple Pleasures
“Don’t Worry Be Happy”
Released September 1988, 1989, 2000

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.

In the 1960s, the expression was printed up on inspirational cards and posters of the era. In 1988, McFerrin noticed a similar poster in the apartment of the jazz duo 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.”

Linda Goldstein, the song’s producer, said the song gave McFerrin “the freedom to explore,” adding, “He is a man of infinite, unfathomable, boundless voices and everything he has ever heard has gone into his brain, from the Mickey Mouse Club theme to the Metropolitan Opera.”

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3 Responses

  1. Anon

    Still waiting for the CD, Folks! (But this is an improvement.)

  2. RoseAnn M

    After all the negative emotions I’ve been feeling, this is a breath of fresh air. Thanks!

  3. Sheryl G

    Thanks for always bringing a smile to my face with your parodies. It’s much needed!