Happi Song


If I can see and you can see, why can't they see?
Raindrops on the highway
It was in the second hour I saw them sitting there

If I can see and you can see, why can't they see?
As we drove through Australia  (2)
It was always going to be a matter of time

If I can see and you can see, why can't they see?

Got no english folk music got no (?) four one six 
I reach out    (3)

If i can see and you can see, why cant they see?
No, it's never on the radio 
I can wait and wait and wait, it will never show
(?) is the source of joy but they can't see that but look into his eyes (4)

If I can see and you can see, why can't they see?


1. Eleni sings this one, sounding like Nico (as at least three reviewers pointed out at the time). She also wrote the words, since she is the only credited songwriter on this one.



2. According to Martin, the Fall played Australia and New Zealand in late 2010 (the gigography shows four gigs in Australia and one in New Zealand between the 7th and the 13th of December). 


3. The transcribers at the Fall online forum have this as "I recheck," with a possible alternative being "I reject"; I hear it as above.


4. The missing word may be German; it sounds something like "Verstuften," which is not a word. It may be very important, for all of us, to learn what this word is; after all, she doesn't say "a source of joy." If anyone has an udea about it, leave your comment below.


Comments (3)

  • 1. Martin | 26/01/2014
The reference to driving through Australia would strongly indicate that the lyrics were written at the time of, or looking back on, the mini-tour of that country (along with New Zealand) at the end of 2010.
Bernd Cornely
  • 2. Bernd Cornely | 05/03/2018
I'm not perfectly sure, but to my worn-out german ears its sounds like
"A Stofftier ist a source of joy",
Stofftier being a plush toy.
  • 3. bzfgt (link) | 17/03/2018
Crap I have to listen to it I guess. For now I see I inherited some bad capitalization/punctuation on this one, I don't know how it persevered so long...

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