Love (Can Make You Happy)Words & Music by Jack Sigler, Jr.
Recorded by Mercy, 1969 (#2)*
D F#m Bm7 Bm7/E G G9 Em7 Em D Dalt D6 D9 G6 G Wake up in the mor - ning with the sun - shine in your eyes D Bm G Em7 Em D And the smell of flow - ers bloom - ing fills the air. D F#m Bm7 Bm7/E G Your mind is filled with the thoughts G9 Em7 Em D Dalt D6 D9 G6 G Of a cer - tain some - one that you love; D Bm G Em7 A7 D F#m G - Bm - Em7 - A7 Your life is filled with joy when she is there. D F#m Bm7 Bm7/E G G/F# Em A7sus4 G G/F# G/B A7 Love can make you happy if you find some - one who cares to D F#m Bm Bm7 Bm7/E G G/F# Em G/B G G/F# G/B - A7 - D Give a life - time to you and who has a love to share. D F#m Bm7 Bm7/E G G9 Em7 Em D Dalt D6 D9 G6 G If you think you've found some - one you'll love for - ev-er-more, D Bm G Em7 Em D A7sus4 A7 Then it's worth the price you'll have to pay, pay. D F#m Bm7 Bm7/E G G9 Em7 Em D Dalt D6 D9 G6 To have, to hold's im - por - tant when for - ev - er is the phrase D Bm G G/F# Em7 A7 D F#m G - Bm - Em7 - A7 That means the love you've found is going to stay. D F#m Bm7 Bm7/E G G/F# Em A7sus4 G G/F# G/B A7 Love can make you happy if you find some - one who cares to D F#m Bm Bm7 Bm7/E G G/F# Em G/B G G/F# G/B - A7 - D Give a life - time to you and who has a love to share. Coda: DM7 D6 G6 G/B DM7 D6 G6 G/B Love, love, love, love D F#m Bm7 Bm7/E A7 D F#m Bm7 Bm7/E A7 Love can make you hap - py, love can make you hap - py. D F#m Bm7 Bm7/E A7 D6 Love can make you hap - py, love.
*While not technically a one-hit wonder, Mercy comes pretty close -- their only other single peaked at #79 on the charts. This song, according to one source I've seen, was written for a movie that wound up never getting made.
An e-mail from the author's wife received in June 2005 passed along some other interesting information, which I quote with their permission:
"Love Can Make You Happy has the distinction of being included in BMI's Two Millionaire club, meaning over 2 million air plays. The group actually had three hits on the charts, Love (which in 1969 was included on two different charts at Nos. 1 (Cashbox) and 2 (Billboard), respectively, Forever, which was in the top 40, and Hello Baby, (which is the one you probably referred to on your site), which was in the top 100. The movie in which Mercy performed Love Can Make You Happy was Fireball Jungle, which was completed and released, and has the distinction of being Lon Chaney Jr.'s last film. Copies can still be found on the Web. Jack Sigler has recently completed an album of original compositions entitled Influences and Mercy is still performing and touring in the central and southern Florida area now - joining other groups, along with the Commodores, in July in Clearwater, Florida and soon to travel with the show down to the Southern Caribbean."
An e-mail exchange with group co-founder (co-founder of the band before it was reorganized and the name changed to Mercy) Barry White (now an Army Chaplain) added the following:
I spoke with my buddy Roy Shultz and he sent me the following via email. Roy and I started the original group which would later become Mercy. He was in the recording of Love Can Make You Happy, but was newly married and decided not to go on tour. Here's what he told me:
"It was written specifically for Fireball Jungle. Jack and Ann were newly married and Jack & I were working a construction job near 301 and 60. He wrote it over a couple of months in the summer, bouncing lines off Ann at home and me at work. We performed it several times at dances that we played but it was a medium tempo swing tune! When we played it live for the music director at the studio, she wanted to hear it as a slow song, so we played it for her that way. We were told that if we would record it slow, they would use it in the movie and we would be used in a nightclub scene and a beach scene in the movie (that was our pay!!)(We paid for the recording session by donating gig money to the cause!). (They shot the beach scene with us but cut it from the movie in editing). It was fun to do, interesting, long hours, no pay!"
There's a video of the movie performance on www.youtube.com at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzoeZTFj4TA