Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe

Composer Harold Arlen
Lyricist Yip Harburg
Year Written 1940
ABOUT Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe
This song is from the 1940 Broadway musical Cabin in the Sky, starring Ethel Waters and Dooley Wilson. The song was introduced by Ethel Waters, sung to her husband Joe, played by Dooley Wilson. The 1943 film version of Cabin in the Sky also featured Miss Waters with the role of Joe played by Eddie Anderson.


It seem like happiness is jus’ a thing called joe
He got a smile that make the lilac wanna grow
He got a way that make the angels heave a sigh
When they know little joe’s passing by
Sometime the cabin gloomy and the table bare
Soon he kiss me and it’s Christmas everywhere
Trouble fly away and life is easy go
Does he love me good? that’s all I has to know
Seem like happiness is jus’ a thing called joe

Session / Album Information


Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe was recorded on October 28, 1959 and released in 1961 on the album Tony Sings For Two. It was arranged by Ralph Sharon.

This recording released on:

  • 1961: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8242 — Tony Sings For Two
  • 1961: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1446 — Tony Sings For Two
  • 1961: Philips LP 12″ (Mono): BBL 7479 — Tony Sings For Two
  • 1995: Sony Music CD: SMSP A 8242 — Tony Sings For Two
  • 2006: RPM/Columbia/Legacy CD: 82876 87234 — Tony Sings For Two
  • 2011: Disc #19 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK19) Tony Sings For Two

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