The first time I heard “Happy“, I knew it was a special song. I was moved by the emotion and the message of the song. And let’s face it, Leona Lewis is an amazing vocalist. What makes “Happy” special for me is the darkness and sadness, along with the determination and optimism. Although the song is called “Happy“, it is about someone who is not happy, but longs to find happiness and understanding.
Leona Lewis is an amazing vocalist and has performed this song beautifully on many occasions. I came across this haunting performance on a German radio station. I tend not to like acoustic/unplugged versions of ballads, as they seem to lose the intensity and the powerful moment in the song or are very similar to the album cut. But not in this version; Leona captures the essence of the song and the lyrics.
I’ve heard this song at least a few hundred times in the last few months, but it was only on the second viewing of this video that I really heard the second verse. It is tragically beautiful. The song now has new meaning and a new role in my life.
“Holding on tightly
Just cant let it go
Just trying to play my role
Slowly disappear, oh.
All these days I feel like theyâ€™re the same
Just different faces, different names
Get me outta here
I canâ€™t stand by your side, oh no
Watch this life pass me by, pass me by”