"Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
Let us sing a song of cheer again
Happy days are here again.
"Altogether, shout it out,
There's no one who can doubt it now
So let's tell the world about it now
Happy days are here again."
--Milton Ager and Jack Yellin, music and lyrics, respectively
Written and first performed during the depths of the Great Depression, the song was adopted as the theme for Franklin D. Roosevelt's successful campaign for president in 1932. It expressed the optimism that Roosevelt would bring to the nation. The song also is associated with the repeal of Prohibition, that ill-fated social experiment that limited personal freedom.
So here's a wish for the return of happy days, when, as the lyrics promise, "your cares and troubles are gone ... They'll be no more from now on."
|Jordie Caskey, by A.J. Ford|
|Hiking in the Anza-Borrego Desert of southern California|
|Australian model Jason Boyd|
|Burns Beach, near Perth, Australia|
|Dimitri and Jonathan, by Luke Austin|