Today’s Friday Food for Thought comes from the song I want to be happy, with lyrics by Irving Caesar and music by Vincent Yeomans, who was born on this day  in 1898.

It was written in 1925 for the musical No, No, Nanette, which also features the song Tea for Two.

It has been performed by, among others, Doris Day, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald

Here are the words in full:

I’m a very ordinary man
Trying to work out life’s happy plan
Doing unto others as I’d like to have them doing unto me

When I find a very lonely soul
Soon be-kinda-comes my only goal
I feel so much better when I tell them my philosophy

I want to be happy
But I won’t be happy
Till I make you happy too.

Life’s really worth living
When we are mirth giving
Why can’t I give some to you

When skies are gray
and you say you are blue
I’ll send the sun smiling through

I want to be happy
But I won’t be happy
Till I make you happy too.

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