"Happy Hour" as written by Ian Peter Cullimore and Paul Heaton....
It's happy hour again
I think I might be happy if I wasn't out with them
And they're happy it's a lovely place to be
Happy that the fire is real the barman is a she

Where the haircuts smile
And the meaning of style
Is a night out with the bass
Where you win or you lose
And its them who choose
And if you don't win then you've lost

What a good place to be
Don't believe it
'Cause they speak a different language
And it's never really happened to me
{It's happy hour again}
Don't believe it
'Cause they speak a different language
And it's never really happened to me
{It's happy hour again}

It's another night out with the boss
Following in footsteps overgrown with moss
And they tell me that women grow on trees
And if you catch them right they will land upon their knees

Where they open all their wallets
And they close all their minds
And they love to buy you all a drink
And then we ask all the questions
And you take all your clothes off
And go back to the kitchen sink

Lyrics submitted by likorish

"Happy Hour" as written by Paul Heaton Ian Peter Cullimore

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    General CommentI don't quite care what the song means, because I just love the feel of it. It makes me smile, and that's good enough for me!
    vinit10on May 07, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree. It definitely seems to be about reluctantly being on a night out with your bosses, and thinking that they're all morons but you've just got to play along...

    As usual (for later member(s?) of the Beautiful South) a totally bizarre thing to write a song about!
    Oberonon July 03, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about him being gay and out with a bunch of breeders, and he cant relate to their antics.
    bob1067777on November 01, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow. I love this song, real catchy. Some of the lyrics make no sense though, anyone wanna enlighten me?
    propheton September 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its about being dragged to the pub with your boss and trying to put on a good face while hiding your disgust and resentment. But maybe thats me.
    wondercakeon June 17, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRather than being out with bosses in particular, I think it is more to do with a group of Yuppies/Middle class people drinking whose idea of a good time is taking their boss out for a pint. Peopel who think they are blending in by drinking in a more traditionl pub 'the fire is real and the barman is a she', but they are actually sticking out like a sore thumb with their antics of flashing money to the knowledge of everyone and belittleing chat about women.
    djchapstickson July 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdjchapsticks hit it, but on top of that it's about being out with guys who are "on the prowl," who feel they have to get laid or else the night is wasted, and it doesn't matter who she is because you'll never see her again anyway.

    It's laid out pretty clear in the last two verses.
    zyzzyvaon May 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree, spopt on.
    The HM's best tune I think.
    nodangerstrangeron September 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe guitar is very similar to the one in I Want The One I Can't Have from The Smiths, I think the Housemartins copied the vibe from it
    MrShanklyon March 23, 2009   Link

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