"Happy Loving Couples" as written by and Joe Jackson....
I've just been to see my best friend
He's got another girl
Says she's just about the best thing
In the whole damn world

And he says can't you see what the little lady's done for me
Says it like he thinks I'm blind
But the things that you see ain't necessarily the things you can find
But those

Happy loving couples make it look so easy
Happy loving couples always talk so kind
Until the time that I can do my dancing with a partner
Those happy couples ain't no friends of mine

People say I'm too damn fussy
When it comes to girls
Happy couples say I must live
In a lonely world

Want to be, want to really be what my friends pretend to be
Be it in my own good time
Being kind to myself till I become one of two of a kind

Happy loving couples make it look so easy
Happy loving couples always talk so kind
Until the time that I can do my dancing with a partner
Those happy couples ain't no friends of mine

You ain't no friends of mine
You know what I mean
Happy loving couples
In matching white polo-necked sweaters

Reading Ideal Homes magazine
Yeah!
Want to be, want to really be what my friends pretend to be
Be it in my own good time
Being kind to myself till I become one of two of a kind

Happy loving couples make it look so easy
Happy loving couples always talk so kind
Until the time that I can do my dancing with a partner
Those happy couples ain't no friends of mine

You ain't no friends of mine
You ain't no friends of mine
You ain't no friends of mine
You ain't no friends of mine
You ain't no friends of mine
Right, that's enough


Lyrics submitted by agnamaracs

"Happy Loving Couples" as written by David Ian Jackson

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    General CommentAnother supersong from Joe Jackson.
    You may call the person singing jealous, but if you were the only one who's single among many couples (and even better: been like that your whole life), you would understand what this song is about.
    Yes, envy.
    Everyone around you is happy, because they have their significant other. You're not happy because you're the only single. They try to cheer you up but actually they make you really mad. You try to pretend you're happy, but in fact you're not.
    Because you've been single your whole life, you don't know how to deal with girls (people say I'm to damn fussy when it comes to girls). By that you're pushing then away from yourself. Others call you odd for that.

    Try to understand this. I do
    Der_Bulleon October 15, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe comments are missing something, that like a lot of joe's best songs, this one 'cuts both ways'; yes, the narrator is jealous and perhaps a tad self-righteous. but he also sees the flaws in his friends' relationships ("he's found another girl" - emphasis on the second to last word) and how their shit comes up short ("talk so kind"). it's pretty idealistic of him to wait for something real....
    TheNipperon April 05, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti like the guttermouth cover of this!
    allisterrockson June 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe story of my motherfuckin' life.
    ratanxon September 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTry for someone other than your mother, ratanx! ;-)
    Gondringon July 29, 2008   Link

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