Sweet Happy LifeWords & Music by Antonio Maria & Luiz Bonfa (Samba De Orfeu), 1959
English Lyric by Norman Gimbel
Recorded by Peggy Lee, 1966
E7 Bm7-5 E7 AM7alt AM7 D9 Bm7-5 E7 AM7/9 AM7 My wish for you sweet hap - py life E7 Bm7-5 E7 AM7 D9 AM7 F#m Fdim E7 May all the days of the year that you live be laughing days. E7 Fdim E7 Fdim(III) Fdim E7 D9 E7 With all my heart, sweet happy life, Fdim Bm7-5 E7 D9 E7 Fdim E7 A And may the night times the follow the days be dan - cing lights. Bridge: A AM7 Gdim Em7 A7 Gdim A7 DM7 D6 Stars for your smile, moons for your hair, Dalt Dm7 F Bb9 E7 And someone wonderful for your loving heart to share. E7 Bm7-5 E7 AM7alt AM7 D9 Bm7-5 E7 AM7/9 AM7 My wish for you sweet hap - py life E7 Bm7-5 E7 AM7 D9 AM7 F#m Fdim E7 May all your sorrows be gone and your heart begin to sing E7 Fdim E7 Fdim(III) Fdim E7 D9 E7 And if a wish can make it be, Fdim Bm7-5 E7 D9 E7 Fdim E7 A I wish you spend ev'ry day of your happy life with me.
Judging from the comments made on guitar newsgroups recently, this song seems to have caught a lot of us a bit by surprise, when we noticed it on a Target television commercial before Thanksgiving of 2002.
Does it deserve to be here on its own merit? Possibly...and possibly not. It came off an album that didn't exactly burn up the charts, and which took an interesting idea (back Peggy Lee with seven or eight guitarists) and went almost nowhere with it.
Does it deserve to be here more than the song from which it was derived (Samba de Orfeu by Luiz Bonfa)? Probably not. But given the fact that it took Bonfa's melody, and made it all the more accessible to those of us who don't speak Protugese, I don't feel bad about posting the song.