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Switchfoot – Happy Is A Yuppie Word

September 14th, 2005 · 4 Comments

The third song from Switchfoot‘s latest, Nothing Is Sound, is called Happy Is A Yuppie Word. Here’s the thoughts on the song from Switchfoot:

A year ago I had a late night talk with a friend who stated the quote: “Happy is a yuppie word.” I stayed up after he left, turned off the TV war and wrote a song about our happy, yuppie world. Turns out, Bob Dylan was the one being quoted.

“In 1991, when Rolling Stone interviewed Dylan on the occasion of his 50th birthday, he gave a curious response when the interviewer asked him if he was happy. He fell silent for a few moments and stared at his hands. ‘You know,’ he said, ‘these are yuppie words, happiness and unhappiness. It’s not happiness or unhappiness, it’s either blessed or unblessed.’

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Wayne M // Sep 15, 2005 at 9:58 am

    You are proving it man! You are a huge Swithfoot fan.

  • 2 Carol // Sep 15, 2005 at 1:29 pm

    Hey… What’s up?
    This music is very good and agrees to you, is very prophetic and the part of the Jon scream “Nothing is sound…” gives will scream together…really.. I Hope that the cd come soon here…
    God bless you
    Have a nice weekend!!!!!

  • 3 Don Dodson // Sep 30, 2005 at 6:14 am

    Interesting to have a song whose two biggest inspirations are Bob Dylan and Solomon. I didn’t get this song at first, and then I recognized it as a modern spin on Ecclesiastes.

  • 4 Mark // Apr 27, 2006 at 9:29 am

    I agree with your whole summation. This may be one of my all time favorite songs (gives me goosebumps). I agree that is a modern day summation of Solomon’s findings. I’m thankful to say I’m blessed, and not just “happy”. :)