Joy
Harry Nilsson Lyrics


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The other day, I met a girl named Joy
She said, 'Come here, I'm going to make you my Joy Boy'
Well, things went good, things went bad
Now every time I think of Joy it makes me sad

It makes me sad

The other day, I met a girl named Joy
She said, 'Roy, I'm going to make you my Joy Boy'
Well, she took me for a ride, sort of a joy ride
Now every time I think of Joy, I get all weird inside

Joy to the world was a beautiful girl
But to me Joy meant only sorrow

Now, if you haven't got an answer, you'd never have a question
And if you never had a question, then you'd never have a problem
But if you never had a problem, well everyone would be happy
But if everyone was happy, there'd never be a love song

Joy to the world was a beautiful girl
But to me Joy meant only sorrow

The other day, I met a girl named Joy
She said, 'Come here, I'm going to make you all clammy inside'
Well, things went good, things went bad
Things went good and things went bad
Good, bad, good, bad, good, bad

Joy to the world was a beautiful girl
But to me Joy meant only sorrow




Joy to the world was a beautiful girl
But to me Joy meant only sorrow

Overall Meaning

The song "Joy" by Harry Nilsson is a tale about a man who meets a girl named Joy. This girl promises to make him happy and turns him into her "Joy Boy." At first, he finds her exciting and fun, describing her as a beautiful girl whom he is eager to be with. However, as their relationship develops, things get complicated, and he realizes that every time he thinks of Joy, he becomes sad. He can't seem to shake off his feelings of sorrow whenever he recalls their time together.


Nilsson suggests that the world would be a happier place if there were no questions or problems, but that's not realistic. He acknowledges that problems are part of life and that love songs usually grow out of those problems. Interestingly, even though Joy is a beautiful girl, to Nilsson, she signifies sorrow. His experience with her shows him that even happiness can be fleeting and that everything in life comes with a mix of joys and sorrows.


Overall, the song is a commentary on the complexity of human emotions and relationships, as well as a reminder that happiness is often fleeting and always comes with its opposite.


Line by Line Meaning

The other day, I met a girl named Joy
I recently met a woman named Joy


She said, 'Come here, I'm going to make you my Joy Boy'
She expressed interest in me and referred to me as her 'Joy Boy'


Well, things went good, things went bad
Our relationship had its ups and downs


Now every time I think of Joy it makes me sad
Thinking about Joy now brings me sadness


It makes me sad
The thought of Joy brings me negative emotions


Joy to the world was a beautiful girl
The person I knew as Joy was a lovely woman


But to me Joy meant only sorrow
Despite her beauty, my association with Joy brings me only pain


Now, if you haven't got an answer, you'd never have a question
If you don't seek information, you won't have anything to question


And if you never had a question, then you'd never have a problem
Without inquiry, you can avoid difficulties


But if you never had a problem, well everyone would be happy
With no obstacles, everyone would feel content


But if everyone was happy, there'd never be a love song
However, without heartbreak or longing, there would be no inspiration for love songs


She said, 'Come here, I'm going to make you all clammy inside'
Joy promised to make me feel an intense emotional response


Things went good and things went bad
Our relationship had a mix of positive and negative experiences


Good, bad, good, bad, good, bad
Our interactions were a cycle of highs and lows




Lyrics © Royalty Network, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: HARRY NILSSON

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Alan Stoker

"Joy to the world was a beautiful girl, but to me Joy meant only sorrow."

don cahooti

you also ?

Skunk C.

If everyone was happy, there'd never be a love song

Robert C Lynch

I love the harmony with the backing singers at 2:34 - Harry, Harry and Harry. I can imagine three cowboys clicking their heels in a sad country dance!

Taun

I love how this hilarious song leads into the next one "Turn On Your Radio", which tells "Joy" to listen to his next song "You're Breaking My Heart". A classic threesome that should always be played together.

John Vallett

Son Of Schmisson is one of my desert island Discs, this is probly my favorite off it, absolute Gold

Sofa King

I don't know about Son of Schmilsson. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad. Good bad goodbad gobad gobad gobad.

Paul Rieker

The BEST Country Song ever written. Why didn't this hit Country's Top 20? ... "If you never had a problem...", the best county lyric ever written.

Tyler Curtiss

It's cause he's smacking his lips.

Greg Robel

Brilliant beyond words! 😆

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