"Happy Jack" as written by and Peter Townshend....
Happy Jack wasn't old, but he was a man
He lived in the sand at the Isle of Man
The kids would all sing, he would take the wrong key
So they rode on his head on their furry donkey

The kids couldn't hurt Jack
They tried and tried and tried
They dropped things on his back
And lied and lied and lied and lied and lied

But they couldn't stop Jack, or the waters lapping
And they couldn't prevent Jack from feeling happy

But they couldn't stop Jack, or the waters lapping
And they couldn't prevent Jack from feeling happy

The kids couldn't hurt Jack
They tried and tried and tried
They dropped things on his back
And lied and lied and lied and lied and lied

But they couldn't stop Jack, or the waters lapping
And they couldn't prevent Jack from feeling happy

I saw ya!


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"Happy Jack" as written by Peter Townshend

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  • +2
    General CommentI always thought this song had a religious overtone. I am not a very religious person, but here me out on this
    Breakdown:

    Happy Jack wasn't old, but he was a man = Jack=J Jesus =J, Jesus died young, but he died as a human being

    He lived in the sand at the Isle of Man= He lived in the sand ( desert ) at the isle of man ( isle=land, the land of man = Earth )

    The kids would all sing, he would take the wrong key ( singing= professing, he would "take the wrong key" and profess something different )

    So they rode on his head on their furry donkey ( So they tortured him )

    The kids couldn't hurt Jack ( Jesus is a holy being to catholics, they could only hurt him physically )
    They tried and tried and tried ( many different things were tried to torture him, crown of thorns, cross, whippings, ect...)
    They dropped things on his back ( When Jesus fell with the cross )
    And lied and lied and lied and lied and lied ( According to catholics, jesus was telling the truth, these people were speaking differently, therefore they lied )

    But they couldn't stop Jack, or the waters lapping ( They couldnt stop Jesus from his goal of opening the gates of heaven, just like you cant stop the waters lapping )
    And they couldn't prevent Jack from feeling happy ( they didnt stop jesus from achieving his ultimate goal, and returning to his father )

    Oppinions Welcome!
    heartbeats_xxxon February 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always felt this song was about children being hurtful doing painful things to one another and telling lies to not get into trouble. It's about growing up. It's a message to children and adults that don't let anyone take away your happiness. If you come across mean people forget about them, just keep moving forward and live happily in your own world. That is what Jack is doing and just like you can never stop the waters from lapping, because they just keep going and going, then for sure you be like the waters and keep on rolling through life....
    whoison January 26, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou see that....ISLE OF MAN, That's where I'm from, that's where I live. I love this song. Apparently my mate's dad was mates with a few guys from the who, apparently it's about him....but I highly doubt that. I would not go near the sands on the Isle of Man...we have all Sellafield waste coming our way. Aaaaaanyway, I just love this song. I think it's quite depressing in a way, but also inspiring.
    GemraIOMon July 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, this song is about doing your own thing, and ignoring others who get in your way.
    reelion April 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHappy Jack sounds like somebody who doesn't let things get him down to me.
    nukethesunon April 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentheh, this song is in an H2 commercial now. Its a good use of the song in my opinion. The idea of the commercial and song go very well together.
    themachine312on July 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf I had a H2 go-cart and I could off-road, I'd be happier than Jack Sprat would be in a vegetable patch.
    OpinionHeadon October 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought I heard that this song was about masterbation back when I was young.
    jersey73on October 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo, this one's not about masturbating. That's Pictures of Lilly. And by the way, good music should only be used for good cars. Hummers are the worst fucking car ever to come off an assembly line. I'm a fan of "Rock and Roll" in the Cadillac ads.
    gimpyx2kon October 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song isn't really about anything, it's pure nonsense. Except for the part about the Isle of Man, Pete's dad used to play in a band called the Squadronaires at the Isle of Man. And Happy Jack is a real guy, my aunt met him in a pub in England a while back, U2's producer introduced her. He was just happy all the time, hence the song.
    whofreak777on November 20, 2004   Link

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