Happiness Stan
Small Faces Lyrics


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Are you all seated comfly-bold
two-square on your botty?
Then I'll begin

Once upon a time in the land of greens
Where the sky was silky soft
and full of coloured dreams
Deep inside a rainbow lived Happiness Stan
in a small Victoriana charabanc

Evening will be here quite soon
Stan can sit and watch the moon
Watching as the white light
slowly makes the night bright
Hours slipping by while time stands still

Think of black and black will think for you




It's covered Stan in bruises, of the darkness that he knew
For black has stolen half the moon away

Overall Meaning

The opening lines of Small Faces's song "Happiness Stan" introduce the listeners to a story. The singer asks if everyone is comfortably seated and ready to hear the tale. The story takes place in the Land of Greens, where everything is peaceful and dreamlike. In this magical world, Happiness Stan lives inside a rainbow, in a small Victorian horse-drawn carriage called a charabanc. As evening approaches, Stan settles in to watch the moon. As the night falls, he contemplates the passing of time and realizes that when you lose yourself in time, the moments can seem to last forever.


The second verse takes a darker turn. The lyrics suggest that if you think about darkness, you will attract it into your life. Happiness Stan has encountered the darkness himself and has been left bruised by it. The line "black has stolen half the moon away," speaks to the idea of evil forces that can rob us of the light in our lives. Though the song takes a dark turn in the second verse, the overall message is one of hope and magical possibility.


Line by Line Meaning

Are you all seated comfly-bold two-square on your botty?
Are you all comfortably seated, sitting up straight on your bottom?


Once upon a time in the land of greens Where the sky was silky soft and full of coloured dreams Deep inside a rainbow lived Happiness Stan in a small Victoriana charabanc
In a magical land where the sky was beautiful, and dreams were full of color, Happiness Stan lived inside a rainbow, in a small old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage.


Evening will be here quite soon Stan can sit and watch the moon Watching as the white light slowly makes the night bright Hours slipping by while time stands still
Evening is approaching, and as Stan sits and watches the moon, he sees its white light gradually light up the night sky. Time seems to stand still as hours pass by.


Think of black and black will think for you It's covered Stan in bruises, of the darkness that he knew For black has stolen half the moon away
If you focus on darkness, it will consume you, just as it has consumed Stan, leaving him bruised mentally. The darkness has even managed to take half of the moon away, leaving the night incomplete.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: RONNIE LANE, STEVE MARRIOTT

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Once upon a time in the land of greens
Where the sky was silky soft
And full of coloured dreams
Deep inside a rainbow lived Happiness Stan
In a small Victoriana charabanc

Evening will be here quite soon
Stan can sit and watch the moon
Watching as the white light
Slowly makes the night bright
Hours slipping by while time stands still

Think of black and black will think for you
It's covered Stan in bruises, of the darkness that he knew
For black has stolen half the moon away

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Steve Marriott / Ronnie Lane
Happiness Stan lyrics © Emi United Partnership Ltd



All comments from YouTube:

@darkisbeauty666

ogdens nut gone flake was a bloody masterpiece.....in my opinion its one of the best albums of all time. i know you might not agree with me on this but i love everything on it.

@yahstino

I agree strongly

@creidy3343

Totally agree. I have played Happiness Stan for my children and grandchildren. And post Mad John lyrics--they apply to today.

@ljr8819

I and a trillion others from the ERA that mattered agree !!! :)

@Framptonissimo

It's a masterpiece.

@HilaryMG

Fabulous! and so right there can NEVER be another Steve Marriott... The Small Faces would be Gigantic today I loved these guys and still do, and I wish Steve had still been with us, God Bless x

@StewartNicolasBILLYCONNOLLY

The most underrated, creative, musical, positive, psychedelic, etc etc writers of the late 60's - they just hit the nail on the Farckin' Head!!!!!

@modigbeowulf5482

Best band. Best narrator.

@MrCudderz

Best band of the 60s by a mile.. Superb sound and very talented.

@MrElbino

The whole Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake album is just brilliant. I loved it 40 some years ago and love it today.

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