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Lyr Req: Oh How Happy (from Shades of Blue)

Camper-Ted 05 Nov 08 - 06:16 PM
Joe Offer 05 Nov 08 - 07:07 PM
Jim Dixon 06 Nov 08 - 11:47 PM
Joe Offer 07 Nov 08 - 12:12 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Looking for lyrics to Oh How Happy
From: Camper-Ted
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 06:16 PM

I am looking for the lyrics, music and chords to the song "Oh How Happy" which was recorded in the 1960's by Shades of Blue.

I think this song is based on an earlier song. Does anyone have any info on that.

Thanks in advance.


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Subject: ADDPOP: Oh How Happy
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 07:07 PM

Hi, Ted - you'll find lyrics/chords at Lyrics World, in a format a little too complex to post here. Ah, what a great song! Summer of 1966 was a memorable one for me.

-Joe-

Here are the lyrics:

Oh How Happy
recorded by: Shades of Blue, 1966 (charted #12 in summer 1966)
(Charles Hatcher, a.k.a. Edwin Starr)

Chorus:
Oh, how happy
You have made me
Oh, how happy
You have made me

Verse 1:
I have kissed your lips a thousand times
And more times than I can count I have called you mine
You have stood by me in my darkest hour, and
[repeat chorus, 2X]

Verse 2 (shorter than verse 1):
In our years together, we have had stormy weather
But our love has been so strong that somehow we've carried on
[repeat chorus]

Bridge:
Girl, you brought joy to my delight
And all that was wrong, you have made it right
And I love, I love, I love you
[repeat chorus]

Coda:
(Oh, how happy) oh, how happy
(Oh, how happy) oh, how happy
(Oh, how happy) you.....
(You have made me) you have made me [repeat to fade]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Oh How Happy (from Shades of Blue)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 11:47 PM

If I'm not mistaken, at least the first line "Oh how happy you have made me" matches the tune of "Oh how lovely is the evening"—an old camp song.

Joe, you should know that one. Am I right?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Oh How Happy (from Shades of Blue)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Nov 08 - 12:12 AM

Well, Jim, the first four notes are a pretty close match.....

Like I said, 1966, the year I graduated from high school, was quite a year for me. I had moved from Detroit to Wisconsin at the age of nine, but my parents took us back to Detroit for summer vacation every year. 1966 was the last year I went with my family to Detroit. I didn't go back again until 1989. But Detroit in the mid-1960's was still a wonderful city, and we were very proud of our Motown music. It was OUR music, and so that meant that we were all very cool. Berry Gordy even allowed some white R&B groups like Shades of Blue to record on his Motwon label.

And "Oh How Happy" was one heck of a good song. I suppose I learned "O How Lovely Is the Evening" not much earlier, but I don't think I'd ever compare one song to the other. "Oh How Happy" was sacred music - "O How Lovely" was something we had to learn in school....


-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Oh How Happy (from Shades of Blue)
From: Camper-Ted
Date: 07 Nov 08 - 10:38 PM

Thanks for your help.

I found it on page 370 of the Folksong Fake Book.

I do remember it from my camping days.


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