Shiny Happy People
R.E.M. Lyrics


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Shiny happy people laughing

Meet me in the crowd, people, people
Throw your love around, love me, love me
Take it into town, happy, happy
Put it in the ground where the flowers grow
Gold and silver shine
Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people laughing

Everyone around, love them, love them
Put it in your hands, take it, take it
There's no time to cry, happy, happy
Put it in your heart, where tomorrow shines
Gold and silver shine

Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people laughing

Whoa, here we go

Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people laughing

Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people laughing

Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people laughing

Shiny happy people holding hands (people, happy people)




Shiny happy people holding hands (people, happy people)
Shiny happy people holding hands (people, happy people)

Overall Meaning

R.E.M.'s "Shiny Happy People" is a song that encourages everyone to be happy and spread that happiness to others. The song's verses and choruses are repetitive and simple, but the lyrics tell a powerful story about love, joy, and unity. The song begins with an invitation to join a group of happy people who are laughing and enjoying the moment. The chorus sings about shiny, happy people holding hands and laughing together. Throughout the song, the lyrics encourage listeners to spread love, put it in their hearts, and share it with everyone around them.


The song's title and message were inspired by the band's admiration for the Japanese documentary "Shiny Happy People" which highlighted emotions like satisfaction, surprise, and pleasure. The lyrics call to mind an idealized situation - being happy and laughing with people holding hands, united in love and joy. The images are simple but powerful, and the upbeat melody adds to the sense of celebration.


Line by Line Meaning

Shiny happy people laughing
We are trying to convey that happiness is contagious and we can create a brighter atmosphere by being happy and spreading delight around us.


Meet me in the crowd, people, people
Come and join us. Let's be together and enjoy the moment.


Throw your love around, love me, love me
Let's express our love to each other and cherish this moment.


Take it into town, happy, happy
Share your happiness with everyone in the town and spread the joy.


Put it in the ground where the flowers grow
Spread happiness wherever you go and let it grow like flowers do with love and care.


Gold and silver shine
Happiness is priceless and it's worth more than any materialistic possession.


Shiny happy people holding hands
Let's hold hands and be united in happiness and love.


Everyone around, love them, love them
Love and accept everyone around us, regardless of their differences or flaws.


Put it in your hands, take it, take it
Take happiness in your own hands and spread it wherever you go.


There's no time to cry, happy, happy
Life is too short to be sad. Let's be happy and appreciate what we have.


Put it in your heart, where tomorrow shines
Keep happiness in your heart and it shall brighten up tomorrow.


Whoa, here we go
Let's embark on this journey of happiness together!


Shiny happy people holding hands (people, happy people)
Let's hold hands and create a community filled with happiness and joy.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, Peter Buck, William Berry

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@mylenerobin5532

Shiny happy people laughing

Meet me in the crowd, people, people
Throw your love around, love me, love me
Take it into town, happy, happy
Put it in the ground where the flowers grow
Gold and silver shine

Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people laughing

Everyone around, love them, love them
Put it in your hands, take it, take it
There's no time to cry, happy, happy
Put it in your heart where tomorrow shines
Gold and silver shine

Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people laughing

Whoa, here we go

Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people laughing

Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people laughing

Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people laughing

Shiny happy people holding hands (people, happy people)
Shiny happy people holding hands (people, happy people)
Shiny happy people holding hands (people, happy people)



All comments from YouTube:

@joelheaton8738

When my daughter was battling cancer this song made her so happy . Stipe, Buck, Mills and Kate from the B52's. My daughter has been gone for 9 years now. Everytime I hear SHP I get tears, She's moved on, but her favorite songs are still playing.

@MrShaks72

Joel Heaton this is worst test in life to watch your children go on front of you I pray to god keep her happy where ever she is and strength to carry on with her lovely memories.

@monacaravetta

So much love to you, dear heart,

@Eledin91

+Joel Heaton Everything happens for a reason, something good will come out of it even if its hard to believe. Our egos find difficult to addapt to the ways of the universe but in the big picture of things everything has meaning. Im sorry for your loss I cannot even imagine how difficult it must be to lose a child, I hope your experience helps other people and dont forget what she would have wanted you to do, keep going, try to be as happy as you can and feel always the love, help others and let others help you cause we are one big family, the consciousness of your daughter cant ever die, the body is just our tool to navigate this world, we are all the same with different roles.

@fish29pe

Hug

@gorgenyiviktoria6280

You just made me cry... I really hope you can find your inner peace after she's gone

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@leokimvideo

Kate Pierson a voice that elevates every song she's involved with

@dwsowash772

Her and Iggy Pop are great together on 'Candy'.

@jameshallam182

Kate is flawless!

@gorringeman

Kate is sexy as hell

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