Walkin’ Happy

Walking_Happy

PROFILE
Composer Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyricist Sammy Cahn
Year Written 1959
About Walkin’ Happy
This song is from the 1966 musical Walkin’ Happy. The song, however, had been written seven years earlier for a Fred Astaire film that was never made.

Lyrics

There’s a kind o’ walk you walk
When the world’s undone you,
There’s a kind o’ walk you walk
When you’re walking proud

There’s a kind o’ walk you walk
When the neighbors shun you
There’s a kind o’ walk you walk
Sets you ‘bove the crowd

There’s a kind o’ walk you walk
When somebody loves you
That’s very much like walking on a cloud

Good fortune found you, chappie
And your lives are happy, Valentine
When you’re walking happy
Don’t the blooming world seem fine

There’s a kind o’ walk you walk
When you feel like crowing
There’s a kind o’ walk you walk
When you’re on your way

There’s a kind o’ walk you walk
When your pride is showing
There’s a kind o’ walk you walk
Today’s your day

There’s a kind o’ walk you walk
When the world’s a rainbow
And you heart is popping like a popping jay

So you had best believe it, chappie
You’re finding life is finger snappy
The day you learn that walking happy
Gives the world a shine

So just keep walkin’ happy with your hand in mine
With your hand in mine, keep your hand in mine
Love your hand in mine

Session / Album Information

1998

“Walkin’ Happy” was recorded on May 26, 1998 and features the Ralph Sharon Quartet, with Gray Sargent (guitar), Paul Langosch (bass) and Clayton Cameron (drums). This recorded is a previously unreleased outtake from The Playground.

This recording released on:

  • 2011: Disc #2 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK2) Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 2

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