"Have A Nice Day" as written by Kelly Jones, Stuart Cable and Richard Mark Jones....
San Francisco Bay
Past pier thirty nine
Early p.m.
Can't remember what time
Got the waiting cab
Stopped at the red light
Address, unsure of
But it turned out just right

It started straight off
"Coming here is hell"
That's his first words
We asked what he meant
He said " where ya' from ?"
We told him our lot
"When ya' take a holiday
Is this what you want ?"

So have a nice day
Have a nice day
Have a nice day
Have a nice day

Lie around all day
Have a drink to chase
"Yourself and tourists, yeah
That's what I hate"
He said "We're going wrong
We've all become the same
We dress the same ways
Only our accents change"

So have a nice day
Have a nice day
Have a nice day
Have a nice day

Swim in the ocean
That be my dish
I drive around all day
And kill processed fish
It's all money gum
No artists anymore
You're only in it now
To make more, more, more

So have a nice day
Have a nice day
Have a nice day
Have a nice day

Have a nice day
Have a nice day
Have a nice day
Have a nice day?

Lyrics submitted by Nelly

"Have a Nice Day" as written by Richard Mark Jones Kelly Jones

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  • +2
    General CommentIndeed this is a song about an actual cab ride taken by the boys in SF. And listening to Kelly speak about him, he definately did NOT like the guy. I think it's against songmeanings.net's acceptable use policy to actually repeat Kelly's words verbatim but something along the lines of "He spent his whole damn ****ing life in that cab, and I hope the ***** never leaves it"
    By all accounts the cab driver was very critical of them ("No artists anymore / You're only in it now / To make more, more, more") and anything else he could bring to mind, venting his spleen on almost any topic he could. After the cab ride, he put on a big smile and said "Have a Nice Day" as if he hadn't just ranted at them! So that in essence is what this song is about, the big 'smiling-face' americanism which is so false it's become habit for so many people no matter what we really think or say.
    PhoreverManon July 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this was a true story of a cab ride Kelly Jones took in San Francisco once. The cab driver was telling him how he was sick of everybody selling out and only being in life to make money.
    violetzebrason February 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentever thought of the lyrics of the song as being sarcastic? the cab driver is preaching the how horrible life is and sarcastically says "have a nice day" almost to mock their ignorance and nieve behavior. the cab driver is trying to tell them that there is more to life then there obvious attempt to just want money. ("No artists anymore, You're only in it now, To make more, more, more") Whether or not the band disliked this guy or is trying to pass on his message is the only thing i am wondering about...
    neenzabeenon September 08, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think neenzabeen is on the right track with respect to the meaning of this song. To me it seems to have an ironic or double meaning. On the one hand Kelly Jones thinks the cab driver is an ignaramous who is giving him a hard time when he is on holiday but on the other the things he says to him make such an impression that he has to write a song about it. The easy listening, sugary sweet sound to the song belies the powerful message that is contained in the lyrics. It's like a confession from the singer that there may be some truth in what the cab driver is saying, and it is a wry comment on human nature that we all tend to choose the easy option in life sometimes rather than exploring an alternative that may be more difficult and challenging.
    BuzzAldrinon February 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen i saw them in concert Kelly said that this song was about an annoying cab driver who was basically a real prick.
    LiveUrLifeon April 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that violetzebras has a point. I too think that the song is about this Francisco-cabdriver who's really sick and tired of his life at the time. And I think that these songs about "everydaylife-trouble" are really good. Another song about "everydaylife-trouble" I like a lot is "Pinch me" by Barenaked Ladies, try to check it out...
    raundallon June 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have their CD "enough education to perform" and it says in it :" ...after sitting in the back of a cab listening to the driver talk about what he called 'corporate communism'.A very interesting man.." So LIVEURLIFE,after reading your comment I must say that kelly is a damn hypocrit I thought he was amazed by the guy specially that I see no sarcasm in it...
    Aphroditeeon July 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI completely agree with phoreverman. I havent researched anything on any song though. I'm just here to make an *** of myself. Unfortunately, I dont have a funny comment for this.
    dragnKing88on August 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song always puts me in a really good mood.
    buffyon August 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbuffy.. what the fuck? this is one of the most depressing songs....
    neenzabeenon September 04, 2002   Link

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