If You Wanna Be Happy

Album: The Very Best Of Jimmy Soul (1963)
Charted: 39 1
  • If you wanna be happy
    For the rest of your life,
    Never make a pretty woman your wife,
    So from my personal point of view,
    Get an ugly girl to marry you.

    A pretty woman makes her husband look small
    And very often causes his downfall.
    As soon as he marries her
    Then she starts to do
    The things that will break his heart.
    But if you make an ugly woman your wife,
    You'll be happy for the rest of your life,
    An ugly woman cooks her meals on time,
    She'll always give you peace of mind.

    Don't let your friends say
    You have no taste,
    Go ahead and marry anyway,
    Though her face is ugly,
    Her eyes don't match,
    Take it from me she's a better catch.

    Say man.
    Hey baby.
    Saw your wife the other day.
    Yeah?
    Yeah, she's ugly.
    Yeah, she's ugly but she sure can cook.
    Yeah? Okay.

Comments: 5

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 12, 1963, Jimmy Soul performed "If You Want Be Happy" on the Dick Clark ABC-TV weekday-afternoon program, 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was at #50 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, five weeks later it would peak at #1 {for 2 weeks} and it spent a total of fourteen weeks on the Top 100...
    And on May 26th, 1963 it also reached #1 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart...
    He was preceded and then succeeded at #1 on the Top 100 chart by two female singers, preceded by Little Peggy March with "I Will Follow Him", then succeeded by Lesley Gore's "It's My Party"...
    Jimmy Soul had one other Top 100 record, "Twistin' Matilda"*, it peaked at #22 {for 2 weeks} in 1962 and like "If You Want Be Happy" it also stayed on the Top 100 for fourteen weeks...
    Jimmy Soul, born James Louis McCleese, passed away at the young age of 45 on June 25th, 1988...
    May he R.I.P.
    * And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the week "Twistin' Matilda" peaked at #22 there were five other 'Twist' records on the Top 100 chart, "Twist, Twist Senora" by Gary 'U.S.' Bonds {#23}, "Slowing Twistin'" by Chubby Checker {#37}, "Soul Twist" by King Curtis {#39}, "Meet Me At The Twistin' Place" by Johnnie Morisette {#63}, and "Bristol Twistin' Annie" by the Dovells {#85}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 12th 1962, Jimmy Soul appeared on ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    He performed his only other record, "Twistin' Matilda", that made Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart...
    The song entered the Top 100 thirteen days later on March 25th, 1962 at position #97; and eight weeks later on May 20th, 1962 it would peak at #22 {for 2 weeks} and spent 14 weeks on the Top 100...
    Jimmy Soul, born James Louis McCleese, passed away on June 15th, 1988 at the young age of 45 {heart attack}...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Andrew from Birmingham, United StatesI must say, many pretty women are wonderful wives. I highly doubt that Jimmy Soul was discriminating against pretty women. I believe that Jimmy Soul was simply conveying the message that when a guy wants to marry, outward adornment should be a bonus, not a factor. It's all about the inner self, not what's on the outside. If she doesn't have "the look", why should that bother a guy? Too bad this world is bent on the image. Oh by the way, the melody is a lot like that of Chubby Checkers' "Limbo Rock".
  • Monnie from Naples, FlThis song is hysterical! I am a chick, and it is still funny. If a girl can't laugh at this, RUN!!! I sing it karaoke, and people laugh there a$$es off!
  • Murph from Peoria, IlI credit this song with the end of a high school relationship.... This song came on the radio and I started laughing... the girl threw a huge tantrum because "quite obviously since you're enjoying a song like this, then you must feel I'm ugly because we ARE getting married, right?"

    THat one ended REAL soon after....
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