The philosophical, inspiring track was one of the many highlights from the Mississippi native's shapeshifting country-rock album, the mockingbird & THE CROW.
The song finds HARDY singing from the perspective of the personification of ‘happiness’ - ‘Happy’ - as he outlines all the things Happy is drawn to (“Well Happy sits there patiently / In line behind jealousy / Waiting on a humble epiphany / That your grass might be greener”).
It's a cleverly crafted track that showcases HARDY's songwriting dexterity, with ‘happy’ building in intensity before reaching its moving conclusion (“These days happy spends his time / Beating on the door of most folks minds / Knowing he's about to hit his finish line / If we don't let him in / But that ain't up to him”).
As one of the more vulnerable songs from the mockingbird & THE CROW, it lends itself perfectly to an acoustic version.
Amidst a dark, misty background inside what appears to be an abandoned warehouse, HARDY stares piercingly into the camera as he delivers the motivational lyrics, adding a new layer to the emotional weight they carry.
The new acoustic video for ‘happy’ stands in direct contrast to the performance visuals HARDY released for ‘30.06’, which leans into the chart-topping artist's fiercer, rock-inspired side.
The release of the new version of ‘happy’ coincides with HARDY's 2023 CMT Award win for ‘wait in the truck’, his ominous, spellbinding collaboration with Lainey Wilson.
‘wait in the truck’ also made it through to the final three contenders for the biggest award of the evening, CMT Video of the Year, before losing out to Kane and Katelyn Brown's ‘Thank God’.
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