Happiness

Guy Garvey, the lead singer of the English band Elbow, is a big admirer of the Scottish group, The Blue Nile. I’ve only come to know the latter’s music through Garvey’s Sunday program on BBC 6 Music, Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour (in the afternoon in England; morning over here).

I previously posted another song by The Blue Nile, “Downtown Lights.” Please check out that post for a tidbit or two on the band.

Today, “Happiness” came up in my YouTube feed, and it seemed like a fitting song to celebrate both my sweety and me receiving our second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

I think the song says, through the singer’s doubt, how fragile happiness can be. I believe this is true of all good things in life, if they aren’t well-rooted and cared for.

Now that I found peace at last
Tell me, Jesus, will it last?
Now that I found peace at last
Tell me, Jesus, will it last?

The birds are laughing in the trees
It’s only make-believe
It’s only love
It’s only love
It’s only love
I swear

I wanna hold you, and treat you right
The cigarettes, and the morning light
I can do wrong, but I will do right
I see you later
It’ll be alright, yeah

Now that I found peace of mind
Tell me, Jesus, is it mine?
Now that I found peace of mind
Tell me, Jesus, is it mine?

Birds are laughing in the trees
And in the empty breeze
It’s only love
It’s only love
It’s only love
I swear

I wanna hold you, and treat you right
The cigarettes, morning light
I can do wrong, I can do right
I see you later
Be alright, yeah

Happiness, happiness
Happiness, happiness
I wanted more, but live with less
Live again
Happiness

Now that I found peace at last
Tell me, Jesus, will it last?
Now that I found peace at last
Tell me, Jesus, will it last?
Happiness

(“Happiness,” by Paul Buchanan. Unofficial lyrics courtesy of AZLyrics.com.)

Yesterday, I felt quite emotional when the vaccinator said, “Congratulations!” after the painless poke. Today, I feel blessed by science and healing, family, dear friends, and all the good things in my life. It’s yesterday’s optimism repeated, and multiplied. Happy. Hopeful for hugs in the not-too-distant future.

Now you know a little about why this is my Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the audio for the song from The Blue Nile Official YouTube channel:

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