Kay Hanley of the Boston alt-rock band Letters To Cleo worked on her solo album, Cherry Marmalade
, while she was pregnant with her daughter, Zoe. The experience of being an expectant mother informed many of the tunes on the album, including "Happy To Be Here."
Hanley told Songfacts
the story behind the song: "It was about going to a movie by myself with little baby Zoe in my belly. I went to see this movie called Little Voice
. The movie was very much about discovering things about yourself that you didn't know you could do and one of the things I really didn't know I could do was motherhood, and so being pregnant with her was like - what is she gonna be like, what am I gonna be like, what is this whole thing gonna be like? And of course, now I know."