Happy chords



You can learn how to play Happy by Pharrell Williams!

The genius part that led to Happy’s success was not just that it’s a catchy song, or that it came as the only single from Despicable Me 2’s soundtrack, clearly, this wasn’t enough to spread the word of Pharrell Williams’ latest hit.

The genius bit is the music video, which invited the fans to make their own version. This audience participation idea can only be compared with the dance craze concept Get Ready, The Macarena, Gangnam Style, (I’ve Had) The Time Of Your Life, or Do You Love Me caught on to/championed.

By 2013, when Happy was released, people could just make their own music video using their phone and upload it to Youtube.

Perhaps this is a tip for the budding artist seeking fame, invite the audience to somehow participate!


Happy chords and lyrics


| F5 |

| F5 N.C | N.C | Fm Ab Bb Ab | C Bb Ab Fm Ab Bb |
It might seem crazy what I am ’bout to say.
| F5 N.C | N.C | Fm Ab Bb Ab | C Bb Fm Ab |
Sunshine, she’s here, you can take a break.
| F5 N.C | N.C | Fm Ab Bb Ab | C Bb Ab Fm Ab Bb |
I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space.
| F5 N.C | N.C | Fm Ab Bb Ab | C Bb Fm Ab |
With the air, like I don’t care, baby by the way, huh!

||: Dbmaj7  Cm7 | Cm7 | Cm7 C7sus4 F | F F7 :||
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof.
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth.
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you know what happiness is to you.
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do.

| F5 N.C | N.C | Fm Ab Bb Ab | C Bb Ab Fm Ab Bb |
Here come bad news talking this and that (yeah).
| F5 N.C | N.C | Fm Ab Bb Ab | C Bb Fm Ab |
Well give me all you got, don’t hold me back (yeah).
| F5 N.C | N.C | Fm Ab Bb Ab | C Bb Ab Fm Ab Bb |
Well, I should probably warn you I’ll be just fine (yeah).
| F5 N.C | N.C | Fm Ab Bb Ab | C Bb Fm Ab |
No offense to you don’t waste your time, here’s why.

||: Dbmaj7  Cm7 | Cm7 | Cm7 C7sus4 F | F F7 :||
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof.
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth.
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you know what happiness is to you.
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do. Hey, come on!

||: N.C :||
Uh, bring me down, can’t nothing, bring me down, my level’s too high (happy, happy).
To bring me down, can’t nothing, huh, bring me down, I said, let me tell you know (happy, happy).
Bring me down, can’t nothing (happy, happy, happy, happy),
bring me down, my level’s too high (happy, happy, happy, happy).
To bring me down, can’t nothing (happy, happy, happy, happy),
bring me down, I said (happy, happy).

||: Dbmaj7  Cm7 | Cm7 | Cm7 C7sus4 F | F F7 :||
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof.
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth.
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you know what happiness is to you.
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do.

||: Dbmaj7  Cm7 | Cm7 | Cm7 C7sus4 F | F F7 :||
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof.
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth.
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you know what happiness is to you.
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do. Hey, come on!

||: N.C :||
Uh, bring me down, can’t nothing (happy, happy, happy, happy),
bring me down, my level’s too high (happy, happy, happy, happy).
To bring me down, can’t nothing (happy, happy, happy, happy), 
bring me down, I said (happy, happy).

||: Dbmaj7  Cm7 | Cm7 | Cm7 C7sus4 F | F F7 :||
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof.
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth.
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you know what happiness is to you.
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do.

||: Dbmaj7  Cm7 | Cm7 | Cm7 C7sus4 F | F F7 :||
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof.
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth.
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you know what happiness is to you.
(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do.


Happy chord progression

The chorus progression of Happy can only be one thing, IV – III – VIx. The reason I say this is because only in one place of the diatonic chords do we have a major chord with a minor chord a semitone below.

||: Dbmaj7  Cm7 | Cm7 | Cm7 C7sus4 F | F F7 :||

The extensions are decorative and could be played using a clave rhythm. You could vary the chord shapes, here’s just one way of doing it in TAB.

Happy chorus guitar idea TAB

Compare this chord progression movement to that of B.B. King‘s The Thrill Is Gone, a song in Bm. Happy is in Fm. The fact that the chorus is an F, not Fm, is a temporary change.

The verse progression is based around an Fm blues scale, harmonize the riff and it becomes:

| Fm Ab Bb Ab | C Bb Ab Fm Ab Bb | Followed by:

| Fm Ab Bb Ab | C Bb Fm Ab |

After playing Happy at least a hundred times with various bands I can safely say that the car crash moment is down to most musicians don’t realize the riff changes every other time. I include myself in that category btw!

Here’s some TAB showing you how Happy’s verse could be played.

Happy Verse TAB riff

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