Album: Exile on Main St. (1972)
Charted: 22
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  • Well I never kept a dollar past sunset
    It always burned a hole in my pants
    Never made a school mama happy
    Never blew a second chance, oh no

    I need a love to keep me happy
    I need a love to keep me happy
    Baby, baby keep me happy
    Baby, baby keep me happy

    Always took candy from strangers
    Didn't wanna get me no trade
    Never want to be like papa
    Working for the boss ev'ry night and day

    I need a love to keep me happy
    I need a love, baby won't ya keep me happy
    Baby, won't ya keep me happy
    Baby, please keep me

    I need a love to keep me happy
    I need a love to keep me happy
    Baby, baby keep me happy

    Never got a flash out of cocktails
    When I got some flesh off the bone
    Never got a lift out of Lear jets
    When I can fly way back home

    I need a love to keep me happy
    I need a love to keep me happy
    Baby, baby keep me happy
    Baby, baby keep me happy

    Happy, baby won't you keep me
    Happy, baby won't you keep me
    Happy, baby won't you keep me
    Happy, baby won't you keep me
    Happy, baby won't you keep me
    Happy, oh, keep on, baby, keep me
    Happy, now baby won't you squeeze me
    Happy, oh, baby got to feel it
    Happy, now, now, now, now, now keep me
    Happy, my, my, my, keep me
    Happy, keep on baby, keep me
    Happy, keep on baby, got to
    Happy, my, my, baby keep me happy Writer/s: Keith Richards, Mick Jagger
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Comments: 23

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 18th 1972, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones were thrown in jail* for fighting with a photographer in Providence, Rhode Island...
    At the time the quartet's "Happy" was at #43 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; just under four weeks later on August 13th it would peak at #22 {for 1 week} and it stayed on the Top 100 for 8 weeks...
    It made the Top 10 in France where it peaked at #5...
    * To observe a dated mug shot of the Mick:
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 9th 1972, "Happy" by the Rolling Stones entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #69; and on August 13th, 1972 it peaked at #22 (for 1 week) and spent 8 weeks on the Top 100...
    Was track one of side three on the quintet's double-album, 'Exile on Main St.', and on June 11th, 1972 it reached #1 (for 4 weeks) on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart (it also peaked at #1 in Canada, Holland, Norway, Spain, and their native United kingdom)...
    One other track from the album also made the Top 100, "Tumbling Dice" reached #7 (for 2 weeks) on May 21st, 1972.
  • Mike from Austin, TxBubba, I also had the lyrics wrong for a long time.
    I thought it said, "I never kept your daughter past sunset, always had her home by 10".
    Makes no sense i know.
  • Daevid from Glendale, CaAmazing how much Richards still had it together while in that heroin haze.
  • Patrick from Greenville, ScKeith and Mick shared the vocal live in the 70s, mainly because Keith was well, in a haze.
  • Juan from Buenos Aires, ArgentinaHappy in Argentina is called japi.
  • Maria from Des Moines, Iathis is the song I want at my funeral.
    End on an upbeat note and all.
  • Bubba Zanetti from Austin, TxI used to think the opening lyrics were: "I never catch a joint past sunset/ always burn a hole in my pants" instead of "Well I never kept a dollar past sunset/ It always burned a hole in my pants." That's what I heard, and it made sense since Keith sang it.
  • Mike from Queens, NyThat's false that Keith Richards plays all the guitars. Mick Taylor plays the slide guitar on this track.
  • Brittany from Vancouver, CanadaI agree with Mike (From Boston)...I can hear Mick on the vocals as well.
  • Bram from Zoetermeer, NetherlandsIt is a shame they would't share the lead vocal a bit more. Now you here what a pity that is. It gives a bit more original idea and that there are more members that are important except for Mick. Apart from that, Keith's voice is nice!
  • Axe from Singleton, AustraliaWhen the Stones played in Sydney last month Mick introduced all the members of the band, with Keith last. Keith then sang This Place Is Empty and then Happy. Great concert!
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaI'm listening to a song called "Can't Be Seen" by the Rolling Stones on Flashpoint, and I was wondering how many live albums the rolling stones have out. I already said this on another stones song. Good luck finding it if you have the time and patience and feel like doing it. Mick Jagger does backround vocals. His vocals here are SOOOO much better then his on that "Memory Motel." What Is this about?
  • Brick Bradford from L.a., CaKeith plays all the guitars on this song and producer Jimmy Miller plays drums.
  • Robb from Williamstown, Nj 08094, Njthe melody to"never kept a dollar past sunset " sounds just like "Jerimiah was a bullfrog" in a 3 dog night song.
  • Danny from London, EnglandJagger has THE voice...but Keith Richard has a down n dirty vocal style all of his own!
  • Mike from Boston, MaSeems to me like Mick Jagger plays on this song as well - the backup voice sure sounds like him.
  • Gil from Westland, NetherlandsMy favorite Stones/Keith song! Because if you play it you actually become happy (uhm who said that before? ;-) Also a highlight at Stones gigs i.m.h.o.
  • Dave from London , CanadaKeith's vocals on 'Coming Down Again' (GHS) are probably his best and most poignant.
  • Jo-c from Lima, PeruAmazing song, and wonderful slide guitar by Mick Taylor. Keith sings in a really emotional way here, and the opening lines (Never got a dollar past sunset, always burnt a hole in my pats) are of the best lyrics the Stones ever made.
  • Danny from Grass Valley, CaBest Stones Song that Keith Sings
  • Danny from Grass Valley, CaThe best Richards sung stones song. Before They Make Me Run is a close 2nd
  • Chelsea from Nyc, OrSince '72 this is considered to be Keith's signature tune.
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