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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Music Lyrics Explained 13. All right.

  • Today we're doing, actually an older one by Jimmy Soul and it's actually kind of a

  • funny song. It's meant to be humorous. It's meant to be in jest. It's meant to

  • be more of a joke. So, and the song is "If you want to be happy.' Okay.

  • All right. Just one little note about this. This song hit number one in 1963 and stayed

  • there for two weeks. It lasted 14 weeks in the top 100. Okay and all right. Let's

  • just get into it, and then you'll you'll see why it's meant to actually be a joke.

  • This is what they .... So as usual again I'll read the lyrics and as we come across

  • lyrics to be explained, I'll explain them. So let's start. If you want to be

  • happy for the rest of your life never make a pretty woman your wife. So for my

  • personal point of view, get an ugly girl to marry you.

  • All right. So it's meant as a joke. So he's telling you, don't marry a pretty girl.

  • Marry an ugly girl. So let's go over this again. If you wanna. Of course if you say

  • 'wanna' remember this is very informal English. It's not really proper English.

  • But wanna means want to. We hear it a lot in regular speech and we definitely hear it a

  • lot in songs too. So if you want to be happy for the rest of your life. You know,

  • for the rest of your days. While you're alive. Never make a pretty woman your

  • wife. So don't marry pretty women. You know find, find ugly women, ugly women are

  • better. So from my personal point of view. From my personal point of view. From my

  • point of view. Get get an ugly girl to marry you. I have to say I don't know

  • if I totally agree with this. I guess the point he's trying to make and there is

  • some truth to it. That some pretty girls sometimes do become conceited

  • and they do become very demanding. But not all. There's a lot of very pretty

  • women that also are very beautiful inside as well. And they make lovely

  • wives. And you know I think even in my case I was lucky that

  • found a woman that. I think my wife is like this. But anyway. It's still a funny song.

  • It's still a humorous song and it's meant as a joke. So I think I'll just

  • repeat this first part one more time. Then we'll go right into the second part. If

  • you want to be happy for the rest of your life.

  • Never make a pretty woman your wife. So from my personal point of view get an

  • ugly girl to marry you. A pretty woman makes her husband look small and very

  • often causes his downfall. All right. So let's, let's go over that.

  • If a pretty woman makes her husband look small, look small here, if you say a

  • person is small, it means not very important inferior or lower in quality. It will kind

  • of bring you down. That's what, that's basically what he's saying. And causes

  • his downfall. Downfall is your failure. I don't know if if the pretty woman is a

  • like what we call high-maintenance sometimes. If she's very demanding. If you

  • got to work hard or if she's very demanding if she doesn't treat you well

  • and God forbid if she cheats on you. That'd be even worse . But that's what we

  • mean. It causes his downfall. So I'll go again with the second verse.

  • Here a pretty woman makes her husband look small and very often causes his

  • downfall. As soon as he marries her then she starts to do the things that will

  • break his heart. So basically he's saying that. Yeah as soon as you get married you

  • know maybe she'll change. Sometimes in real life this does happen. That people sometimes

  • do change right after they get married. That means, that's when it will start. You

  • know before you marry. Maybe you won't see this. But after you get married. A

  • situation may be very different. Yeah the things will break his heart. Well to

  • break his heart. Maybe . maybe she will cheat on him. I don't know who knows what.

  • Or make life difficult for him. All right. Let's continue. Let's go on to the next

  • verse. But if you make an ugly woman your wife. You'll be happy for the rest of

  • your life. An ugly woman cooks her meals on time. She'll always give you

  • peace of mind. Yeah so again. You'll be happy with the ugly woman. Maybe an ugly

  • woman is more appreciative. Maybe she really tries harder. That, that's kind of

  • his point. She'll cook the meals on time. All right. Well I don't know some, some

  • feminists might not like that line today. But 1963 I think it was okay. She'll

  • always give you peace of mind. All right. This is an important part. If you say

  • peace of mind. Someone has peace of mind, he doesn't have to have any serious

  • worries problems or difficulties. Maybe if you do have a beautiful wife,

  • sometimes you might have to worry you know, that maybe other men might be

  • attracted to her or try to tempt her or try to steal her away from you. This

  • could cause you problems. It depends on that pretty wife. You know, whether you

  • whether you, whether she makes you feel comfortable that you could trust

  • her or not. And then of course it all depends on her personality as well. Okay.

  • So, so let me just repeat that one again. So but if you make an ugly woman your

  • wife, you'll be happy for the rest of your life. An ugly woman cooks

  • her meals on time. She'll always give you peace of mind. Okay. And then I think that

  • the chorus can goes again you know if you want to be happy for the rest of

  • your life , blah, blah, blah. and then we go into the next verse. It says don't let

  • your friends say you have no taste. Go ahead and marry her anyway. Well he's

  • talking about the ugly woman. Though her face is ugly and her eyes don't match.

  • Take it from me. She's a better catch. All right. So don't let your friends say you

  • have no taste. Remember if we talk about your taste is

  • the type of thing you like. Remember you could have a you could have a certain

  • taste in music. Maybe you, maybe you like I don't know, rock music or maybe like

  • classical or rap. It doesn't matter. That's your taste. That's the thing that you

  • like. So if they say you have no taste. Maybe you have no taste in picking women

  • because you picked an ugly woman. So that's what your

  • friends might be teasing you about this, and he's saying don't don't let them do

  • that. So don't let your friends say you have no taste. Go ahead and marry her

  • anyway. So don't let them convince you that you know that you shouldn't marry

  • her. Though her face is ugly and her eyes don't match. Well again she's not pretty.

  • Her eyes don't match. All right. Well I'm not really sure what's going on there.

  • Take it from me she's a better catch. Okay.

  • Remember if we say catch. Someone who would be an appropriate husband, wife, or a

  • romantic partner. We often say that if somebody thinks that you're lucky that

  • you got a good partner, a good girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, wife, etc. Oh he's a good

  • catch. They might say yeah. He's a good catch. Don't let go of him or she's a

  • good catch. You better hold on to her. So that's

  • usually the way we say it. So he says take it from me. Take it from me means

  • you know, listen to my opinion. . She's a better catch. and then of course,

  • at the end, you know, I think he goes through the chorus again. If you want to

  • be happy for the rest of your life and at the very end of the song I guess he's

  • saying it like, like, his friends are talking like, say man, hey baby

  • saw your wife the other day. Yeah. She's ugly.

  • Yeah. She's ugly but she sure can cook. Okay. Good. Yeah. Okay.

  • And then basically that's how the song kind of ends. Right at the end there.

  • Again it's just meant to be in jest. So it's just meant to be humorous. It's meant to

  • be funny. You should go listen to it and check it

  • out. It has pretty good beat too. Anyway, if you never heard this song. This is a nice

  • introduction to it. I hope you enjoyed it. Thank you. Thank you. For your time. Bye-

  • bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Music Lyrics Explained 13. All right.

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Tutor Nick P Music Lyrics Explained (13) If You Want to Be Happy

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