The Happening
The Supremes Lyrics


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Hey! Life, look at me, I can see the reality
'Cause when you shook me, took me outta my world, I woke up
Suddenly I just woke up to the happening
When you find that you left the future behind
'Cause when you got a tender love you don't take care of
Then you better beware of

The happening
One day you're up, when you turn around
You find your world is tumbling down
It happened to me and it can happen to you

I was sure, I felt secure until love took a detour
Yeah! Riding high on top of the world, it happened
Suddenly it just happened
I saw my dreams torn apart
When love walked away from my heart
And when you lose a precious love you need to guide you
Something happens inside you

The happening
Now I see life for what it is
It's not of dreams, it's not of bliss
It happened to me and it can happen to you
And then it happened
Ooh, and then it happened
Ooh, and then it happened
Ooh, and then it happened

Is it real? Is it fake?
Is this game of life a mistake?
'Cause when I lost the love I thought was mine for certain
Suddenly it starts hurtin'
I saw the light too late when that fickle finger of fate
Yeah! It came and broke my pretty balloon
I woke up, suddenly I just woke up, so sure
I felt secure until love took a detour
'Cause when you got a tender love you don't take care of




Then you better beware of
The happening

Overall Meaning

The Supremes’ song “The Happening” tells the story of someone who was so sure of their life, dreams, and love until everything came crashing down. The opening line, “Hey! Life, look at me, I can see the reality,” establishes the theme of the song that life can be unpredictable and full of surprises. The singer is awakened from their dreamlike state by a personal upheaval that catches them off guard. This shock could have been due to the crumbling of a love relationship that they didn't properly take care of. The line says, “When you got tender love you don't take care of, then you better beware of the happening.” At that point, the person realizes that they had left their future behind and is confronted with the reality that they need to move on.


The chorus of the song continues to explore the changes in the singer's life. “One day you're up, when you turn around, you find your world is tumbling down. It happened to me, and it can happen to you,” they sing, acknowledging the unpredictability of life. The second verse further explores the devastation caused by losing love, and the singer recognizes that they are not alone. The concluding verse asks the age-old question: Is life real, or is it just a game of fate? The singer laments on the loss of love and how perplexing it is.


Line by Line Meaning

Hey! Life, look at me, I can see the reality
I have gained a new perspective on life and can now see it for what it truly is.


'Cause when you shook me, took me outta my world, I woke up
After experiencing a significant event, I was jolted out of my existing worldview.


Suddenly I just woke up to the happening
I suddenly became aware of a major event or change in my life.


When you find that you left the future behind
If you neglect to take control of your future and make choices that align with your dreams, they may become out of reach.


'Cause when you got a tender love you don't take care of
When you take love for granted, it can lead to disastrous consequences.


Then you better beware of The happening
Neglecting love can result in a dramatic, painful change in your life.


One day you're up, when you turn around You find your world is tumbling down
Life can change in an instant, and everything you know and love can be gone in a flash.


I was sure, I felt secure until love took a detour
I thought my future was secure until love unexpectedly changed course.


Yeah! Riding high on top of the world, it happened Suddenly it just happened
I was on top of the world until a sudden, unexpected event changed everything.


I saw my dreams torn apart When love walked away from my heart
The loss of love can destroy your dreams and leave you feeling brokenhearted.


And when you lose a precious love you need to guide you Something happens inside you
The loss of love can profoundly impact your sense of self and your outlook on life.


Now I see life for what it is It's not of dreams, it's not of bliss
After losing love, I gained a new perspective on life and came to understand that it is not always easy or joyful.


Is it real? Is it fake? Is this game of life a mistake?
The loss of love can cause one to question the nature of existence and reality itself.


'Cause when I lost the love I thought was mine for certain Suddenly it starts hurtin'
The loss of a once-certain love can be emotionally devastating.


I saw the light too late when that fickle finger of fate Yeah! It came and broke my pretty balloon
I realized too late that fate can be unpredictable and cruel, and it can destroy the dreams and hopes that I once held dear.


I woke up, suddenly I just woke up, so sure I felt secure until love took a detour
I was jolted out of my sense of security and comfort when love did not go as expected.


'Cause when you got a tender love you don't take care of Then you better beware of The happening
Neglecting love can result in a dramatic, painful change in your life.


And then it happened Ooh, and then it happened Ooh, and then it happened Ooh, and then it happened
The sudden, unexpected event happened multiple times and continued to impact my life.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Brian Holland, Edward Jr. Holland, Lamont Herbert Dozier, Frank De Vol

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@jameskookie

No matter what anybody say, to me it was all three Diana, Mary, Flo as a team that made it so magical. It was a perfect combination.

@lorenzoclement2013

exactly

@MiamiPush2theLimit

I agree 💯

@geddy55

yep, boy this brings me back and almost brings the boy crush back on Diana. lol

@dorseydebra712

You're sooo right!!

@elijahcunn4961

Too bad Diana and berry Gordy didn’t see it that way

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@brockreynolds870

This performance is just electrifying. Mary is so gorgeous and perfectly on point. Florence looks dignified and amazing... and Diana just lets loose and rides this song like a wave. When her head gets to boppin, you know it's gonna be a great performance.

@babakazi5818

Best evah it's electric

@jeffreydijulius2707

agreed! Had a major crush on Mary

@imdoneguessing

The wave was riding Lady Diana

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