The Paul McCartney Project

Happiness Runs (Pebble And The Man)

Written by Donovan

Album This song officially appears on the Post Card Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1969
Timeline This song has been recorded in 1968
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Happiness Runs (Pebble And The Man)” is song written by Donovan, and recorded by Mary Hopkin for its debut album “Postcard” released in 1969, and produced by Paul McCartney.

From the liner notes of the 2010 reissue of Postcard:

‘Happiness Runs (Pebble And The Man)’ is an uptempo pearl of wisdom, one that Apple selected for its Wall‘s EP, a curious promotional record issued in cahoots with the manufacturers of ice cream.

Last updated on November 2, 2019

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

Officially appears on


Post Card

Official album • Released in 1969

2:03 • Studio versionA

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

Session Recording:
Mid-November 1968 to mid-January 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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