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Subject: Jimmy Soul-"If you want to be happy''

Written By: Carl on 03/07/06 at 9:24 am

I'm listening to this song on mySpace, I always liked this tune, it's fun... and funny! Anyone else enjoy it as much as me? I wonder how many actually believe the message.LOL!!!

Here are the lyrics for those not familiar:

If you wanna 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

If you wanna 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
As soon as he marries her then she starts
To do the things that will break his heart

But if you make an ugly woman your wife
you'll be happy for the rest of your life
An ugly woman cooks meals on time
And she'll always give you peace of mind

If you wanna 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

Sax solo

Don't let your friends say you have no taste
Go ahead and marry anyway
Though her face is ugly, her eyes don't match
Take it from me, she's a better catch

If you wanna 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

Spoken:
Say man!
Hey baby!
I saw your wife the other day!
Yeah?
Yeah, an' she's ug-leeee!
Yeah, she's ugly, but she sure can cook, baby!
Yeah, alright!

If you wanna 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

If you wanna 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

If you wanna 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

If you wanna 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


Subject: Re: Jimmy Soul-"If you want to be happy''

Written By: schmartypantz on 03/07/06 at 10:52 am

a great tune, I remember that was  a big hit. haven't hard it in years.
no, I don't necessarily agree with it. I don't disagree with it either tho. :)

Subject: Re: Jimmy Soul-"If you want to be happy''

Written By: La Sine Pesroh on 03/07/06 at 11:02 am

Rude, but funny!

I'd just love to see some major artist try and cover this song today, the feminists would crucify them.

Subject: Re: Jimmy Soul-"If you want to be happy''

Written By: gmann on 03/07/06 at 12:23 pm


Rude, but funny!

I'd just love to see some major artist try and cover this song today, the feminists would crucify them.


Agreed. It's the same reason you'll probably never see a cover of Joe Tex's "Hold On to What You've Got"; "every man needs a woman...a woman who'll be right there at home to mind the children and have his dinner cooked"...or something like that.  ;D

Subject: Re: Jimmy Soul-"If you want to be happy''

Written By: ADH13 on 03/07/06 at 12:25 pm


Rude, but funny!

I'd just love to see some major artist try and cover this song today, the feminists would crucify them.


Kon Kan covered it in the 80's... I don't see anything wrong with it though, it's just a song.

Subject: Re: Jimmy Soul-"If you want to be happy''

Written By: Windbreaker05 on 03/07/06 at 4:33 pm

I think it's perfectly amusing and catchy as a song, just so long as you don't try to profess it as a way of life or something :)

It would be interesting to see a thread on views of women in pre-1970's music, if one hasn't already been started. See how things evolved from the early days to the 1960's...

Subject: Re: Jimmy Soul-"If you want to be happy''

Written By: Paul on 03/07/06 at 5:02 pm

The song was based on an old calypso number called (strangely enough) 'Ugly Woman'...

I wonder if that Mr. Jagger got into trouble when he wrote 'Under My Thumb'...?!!

Subject: Re: Jimmy Soul-"If you want to be happy''

Written By: Sammy Reed on 03/11/06 at 9:36 am

This is going to take some sitting down and holding on to something...

Before Louis Farrakhan was involved in whatever the heck it is he's involved in now, he was a calypso singer.
He performed under the name The Charmer. There's a website that talks about his singing career, and has streaming audio of some of his old songs, one of which is "Ugly Woman"
The page is http://www.fadetoblack.com/farrakhan/index.html, and you have to click the "Next Page" arrow 2 times if you want to go right to the songs.

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