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Joe Jackson – Happy Ending 1984

Joe Jackson – Happy Ending 1984 (featuring Elaine Caswell)

From the album Body and Soul by Joe Jackson, released in March 1984

The album was Jackson’s seventh studio album. In the UK it peaked at #14. The tracks are a mix of pop and jazz standards and salsa, showcasing the U.S. #15 hit single “You Can’t Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)”. In a nod to its jazz standards influence, the cover art imitated that of an album by Sonny Rollins, “Vol. 2″. The album was a modest commercial success, but after the four month long Body and Soul world tour concluded in July 1984, Jackson retreated. The tour had been, he later wrote, “the hardest I ever did; it came too soon after the last one, and by the end of it I was so burned out I swore I’d never tour again”. Wikipedia┬«

Joe Jackson (born David Ian Jackson, 11 August 1954) is an English musician and singer-songwriter now living in Berlin, whose five Grammy Award nominations span from 1979 to 2001. He is probably best known for the 1979 hit song and first single “Is She Really Going Out with Him?”, which still gets extensive US FM radio airplay; for his 1982 Top 10 hit, “Steppin’ Out”; and for his 1984 success with “You Can’t Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)”. He was popular for his pop/rock and New Wave music early on before moving to more eclectic, though less commercially successful, pop/jazz/classical hybrids. Joe Jackson has been nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame numerous times.

Joe Jackson – Happy Ending (featuring Elaine Caswell)

Joe Jackson – Happy Ending Lyrics
Writer: JACKSON, HOWARD M.
Lyrics ┬ę Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

I’m in a movie
Where boy meets girl
What happens to me
In this brave new world

Do I listen to my heart, do I listen to my head?
Do I look at what I see, or remember what I read?
When I tell you how I feel, do I wonder what I’ve said?

Is there nothing we can do about it, anyone
Anyone can be so hard hearted
But everyone
Still everbody wants a happy ending

It’s not so easy, it’s ’84 now
How tough must we be to ask for more now?
Do I listen to my head, do I listen to my heart?
Do I try to feel the same as I feel when we’re apart?
Do I think about the end when it’s only just the start?

Is there nothing we can do about it, anyone
Anyone can be so hard hearted
But everyone
Still everbody wants a happy ending

I get so scared when I see the evidence against our case
Each movie so far this year ends up with someone crying
Or even someone dying

Do I listen to my head, do I listen to my heart?
Do I try to feel the same as I feel when we’re apart?
Do I think about the end when it’s only just the start?

Is there nothing we can do about it, anyone
Anyone can be so hard hearted
But everyone
Still everbody wants a happy ending

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