Happiness Runs (Pebble And The Man)

Written by Donovan

Album This song officially appears on the Post Card (UK version - Stereo) LP.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1969
Timeline This song has been recorded in 1968

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


"Post Card" sessions

Early October 1968 to early December 1968

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Song facts

Happiness Runs (Pebble And The Man)” is a song written by Donovan, and recorded by Mary Hopkin for her debut album “Post Card” released in 1969. Paul McCartney produced the whole album and played bass on this track.

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From the liner notes of the 2010 reissue of “Post Card“:

This is just a happy song I like doing. It was the first one Donovan brought me.

Mary Hopkin – From New Musical Express, February 22, 1969

The three songs by Donovan are among the favourites on the LP… I like Donovan’s songs very much. One is ‘Happiness Runs.’ It’s just about happiness — a lighthearted song with orchestral accompaniment. But I also play guitar all the way through. ‘Voyage Of The Moon’ is a typical lovely Donovan song. This features two guitars behind the vocal. They’re played by Paul McCartney and Donovan. I don’t play here. I just sing. Donovan does a bit of singing from time to time. If you listen hard you can hear him. And Paul also plays a little bit on other tracks. The third Donovan song is called ‘Lord Of The Reedy River’, again accompanied by Donovan and Paul. This is a very soft and dreamy thing.

Mary Hopkin – From Melody Maker – December 28, 1968

Last updated on September 25, 2021

Lyrics

Little pebble upon the sand
Now you're lying here in my hand
How many years have you been here?

Little human upon the sand
From where I'm lying here in your hand
You to me are but a passing breeze

The sun will always shine where you stand
Depending in which land you may find yourself
Now, you have my blessing, go your way

La, la-la, la, la-la, la, la-la, la-la-la
La, la-la, la, la-la, la-la-la, la

Happiness runs in a circular motion
Thought is like a little boat upon the sea

All our souls are deeper than you can see
You can have everything if you let yourself be

Everybody is a part of anything, anyway
You can have everything if you let yourself be

Happiness runs, happiness runs
Happiness runs, happiness runs

Happiness runs, happiness runs
Happiness runs, happiness runs

Happiness runs, happiness runs
Happiness runs, happiness runs

Happiness runs in a circular motion
Thought is like a little boat upon the sea

All our souls are deeper than you can see
You can have everything if you let yourself be

La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La-la, la-la, la-la, la-la, let yourself be

Happiness runs, happiness runs
Happiness runs, happiness runs

Variations


A Stereo version

A1 Mono version

A2010 2010 remaster

Officially appears on


Post Card (US version)

LP • Released in 1969

2:03 • Studio versionA • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Producer
Donovan :
Acoustic guitar
Ken Scott :
Engineering, Mixing
Mary Hopkin :
Acoustic guitar, Vocals

Session Recording:
Early October 1968 to early December 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road ; Trident Studios ; Morgan Studios, London, UK


Post Card (UK version - Stereo)

LP • Released in 1969

2:03 • Studio versionA • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Producer
Donovan :
Acoustic guitar
Ken Scott :
Engineering, Mixing
Mary Hopkin :
Acoustic guitar, Vocals

Session Recording:
Early October 1968 to early December 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road ; Trident Studios ; Morgan Studios, London, UK


Post Card (UK version - Mono)

LP • Released in 1969

2:03 • Studio versionA1 • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Producer
Donovan :
Acoustic guitar
Ken Scott :
Engineering, Mixing
Mary Hopkin :
Acoustic guitar, Vocals

Session Recording:
Early October 1968 to early December 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road ; Trident Studios ; Morgan Studios, London, UK


Post Card (2010 remaster)

Official album • Released in 2010

2:03 • Studio versionA2010 • Stereo • 2010 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Producer
Donovan :
Acoustic guitar
Ken Scott :
Engineering, Mixing
Mary Hopkin :
Acoustic guitar, Vocals
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Alex Wharton :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Early October 1968 to early December 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road ; Trident Studios ; Morgan Studios, London, UK

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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