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Life's a Happy Song

The Muppets

from the album The Muppets (Original Soundtrack) released in 2011

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Lyrics

Intro

| C ... | F . G . | C ... | C ... | (see Notes & Tabs section for intro guitar tab)

Verse

C Dm Everything is great, everything is grand Em F I've got the whole wide world in the palm of my hand C Dm Everything is perfect, it's falling into place Em F I can't seem to wipe this smile off my face

Chorus

C Am Dm F G C Life's a happy song... when there's someone by my side to sing along

Bridge

C G/B Am F C ............When you're alone life can be a little rough G (Am) It makes you feel like you're three foot tall Am F C ...When it's just you, times can be tough G C Dm Em F G When there's no one there to catch your fall (C / Dm / Em / F /) Everything is great, everything is grand I've got the whole wide world in the palm of my hand Everything is perfect, it's falling into place I can't seem to wipe this smile off my face (C / Am / Dm / F G) Life smells like a rose... with someone to paint and someone to pose Life's like a piece of cake... with someone to pedal, someone to break Life is full of glee... with someone to saw and someone to see Life's a happy song... when there's someone by my side to sing along (very short instrumental break break: C F G F) (C / Dm / Em / F /) I've got everything that I need right in front of me Nothing's stopping me, nothing I can't be with you right here next to me (C / Am / Dm / F G) Life's a piece of cake... with someone to give and someone to take Life's a piece of pie... with someone to wash and someone to dry Life's an easy road... with someone beside you to share the load Life is full of highs... with someone to stir and someone to fry Life's a leg of lamb... with someone there to lend a hand Life's a bunch of flowers... with someone to wile away the hours Life's a fillet of fish... hey! yes it is Life's a happy song... when there's someone by your side to sing along (instrumental break: verse progression x1, chorus progression x1) (C# / D#m / E#m / F# /) I've got everything that I need right in front of me Nothing's stopping me, nothing I can't be with you right here next to me (D / Em / F#m / G /) I've got everything that I need right in front of me

Spoken Break

(no chords) GARY: "Sorry super excited." MARY: "This is the most romantic thing ever. I've always dreamt of seeing Los Angeles." GARY: "I know, Walter cant wait either. You don't mind if he's coming right." MARY: "Oh no, no, of course not. As long as we can spend our anniversary dinner together. That's all I ask." GARY: "Okay, let me check on Walter." (Bm / G / D / A /) Everything is great, everything is grand Expect Gary's already off with his friend It's never me and him, it's always me and him and him I wonder when it's going to end Right now I guess it's okay, maybe someday I know how it's going to be You'll ride up on a steed and get down on one knee And say "Mary, will you marry me" ... please! (D / Em / F#m / G /) I've got everything that I need right in front of me Nothing's stopping me, nothing I can't be with you right here next to me You've got everything you need right in front of you Nothing's stopping you... ...Nothing that you can't do, you got the world in front of you (D / Bm / Em / G A) Life's a happy song... when there's someone by your side to sing Life's a happy song... when there's someone by your side to sing Life's a happy song... when there's someone by your side to sing along (end on D)

Notes & Tabs

Guitar Chords Used

For the most part, this song uses the following chords (all in the key of C). There are additional chords used in the second half of the song, which modulates up to C# and then D (I show all these chords further down in this section). Ultimately, what you need to understand is that the tonal progression of each section is the same -- no matter what key you're in. More on this later.

Otherwise -- here are the main chords used in this song, as played in the open position (i.e., without using barre chords). Further below I'll describe how to play these songs in a way that better capture the ascending sound heard on the soundtrack version of this song.

e-|---0---1---0----1----3---0---
B-|---1---3---0----1----0---1---
G-|---0---2---0----2----0---2---
D-|---2---0---2----3----0---2---
A-|---3-------2----3----2---0---
E-|-----------0----1----3-------
      C   Dm  Em   F    G   Am 

Capturing the Sound of the Verse Walk-Up

The chords in the verse section have a nice ascending, "rising" sound to them as you move from one chord to another. To capture the essence of this on an acoustic guitar, you'll want to use chord positions that likewise rise up the fretboard. Here are a few ways to do this.

One approach is this version, which focuses on the highest four strings.

e-|---0---1---3---5---
B-|---1---3---5---6---
G-|---0---2---4---5---
D-|---2---0---5---7---
A-|---3---------------
E-|-------------------
      C   Dm  Em  F 

Or, you can focus on the middle four strings using standard barre chord positions. This approach works well when you (later on) modulate up to C# and then D.

e-|-------------------
B-|---5---6---8--10---
G-|---5---7---9--10---
D-|---5---7---9--10---
A-|---3---5---7---8---
E-|-------------------
      C   Dm  Em  F 

Guitar Chords, with Modulation

The song modulates (i.e., changes key) to C# and then D later in the song. The basic idea I mention above about using the same pattern of chords (as you walk up during the verse) applies to each key, as you can see below. The modulation is certainly not a requirement to play the song -- but if you want to tackle it, this should help.

For the key of C:

e-|-------------------------5---
B-|---5---6---8---10---12---5---
G-|---5---7---9---10---12---5---
D-|---5---7---9---10---12---7---
A-|---3---5---7----8---10---7---
E-|-------------------------5---
      C   Dm  Em   F    G   Am 

For the key of C#:

e-|-------------------------------6---
B-|---6-----7----9----11----13----6---
G-|---6-----8---10----11----13----6---
D-|---6-----8---10----11----13----8---
A-|---4-----6----8-----9----11----8---
E-|-------------------------------6---
      C#   D#m  E#m   F#    G#   A#m 

For the key of D:

e-|------------------------------
B-|---7---8---10---12---14---3---
G-|---7---9---11---12---14---4---
D-|---7---9---11---12---14---4---
A-|---5---7----9---10---12---2---
E-|------------------------------
      D   Em  F#m   G    A   Bm 

Intro Guitar Tab

There is a short xylophone intro to this song in the original soundtrack recording. Here is how I approximate that on guitar. This is totally optional of course! But I wanted to include it for reference.

e-|---0-------0----3------|-------/5--3--0--------------0---||
B-|---1----3----------1---|---1----------------------1--1---||
G-|---0-------------------|------------------0--0h2-----0---||
D-|---2-------------------|-----------------------------2---||
A-|---3-------------------|-----------------------------3---||
E-|-----------------------|---------------------------------||

Or, if you wanted to avoid the open C in the first measure (which I find harder to play for some reason, in this specific context) you can use this approach. It is the same notes, just less reliance on open strings. Playing this, you'd want to bar your index finger across the 3rd fret, for the first measure at least.

e-|----------------3------|--------5--3--0--------------0---||
B-|---5----3--5-----------|--------------------------1--1---||
G-|-------------------5---|---5--------------0--0h2-----0---||
D-|-----------------------|-----------------------------2---||
A-|-----------------------|-----------------------------3---||
E-|-----------------------|---------------------------------||

Videos

Full Soundtrack Version

Here's the entire song from the soundtrack & movie. Note that this has no video (it's just a still photo for the backdrop) -- but it does feature the entire 4+ minutes, unlike many versions which cut off the end.



Abbreviated Version, with Video Clip

Here's the song (minus the final segment) with the video clip from the movie. Not complete in length, but nice for the video that comes with it.



Brad McKenzie Piano Version with Kermit

Here's a more casual live version, featuring both Kermit and songwriter Brad McKenzie.



Chord Progressions

Intro

| C . . . | F . G . | C . . . | C . . . |

Verse

"Everything is great, everything is grand..."
| C . . . | Dm . . . | Em . . . | F . . . |

Bridge

"When you're alone, life can be a little rough..."
| Am . . . | F . . . | C . . . | G . . . |

Chorus

"Life's a happy song..."
| C . Am . | Dm . F G |

Song Info

Song: Life's a Happy Song
Artist: The Muppets
Album: The Muppets (Original Soundtrack)
Year: 2011
Label: Walt Disney Records

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