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Little Big Town's Video for 'Happy People' Will Make You Smile

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Little Big Town's video for "Happy People," is guaranteed to have you grinning. The music video accompanies the feel-good single off the band's 2017 studio album, The Breaker.

In the clip, Karen Fairchild, Philip Sweet, Jimi Westbrook, and Kimberly Schlapman take turns with some camera face time while singing the tune. But the real stars of the video are all the strangers shedding a smile.

The simple concept features dozens of strangers from all walks of life. Young, old, men, women, black, white -- it doesn't matter. They're all just a bunch of happy people sharing infectious smiles.

And the very beginning features an adorable little boy. A voice off camera asks him what makes him happy. "Fishing with my dad and playing in the water," he says. Then the video kicks off its beautiful and simple message.

The song really isn't too complicated. "Do whatever puts a smile on your face," Fairchild sings in the chorus. "Whatever makes you happy, people." It's all about what happy people do and how simple the decision is to work towards that in your life. Even during chaotic times, do whatever makes you happy!

Lori McKenna and Hailey Whitters wrote "Happy People." McKenna appears plenty of times throughout Little Big Towns' catalog (including three more times on The Breaker), but the song represents a huge first for relative newcomer Whitters.

The band recorded The Breaker with producer Jay Joyce, whom they credit for really helping mold their unique sound. "Happy People" is no exception. The song utilizes a light, carefree organ over simple percussion with a unique blend of the band's signature country music harmonies.

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Little Big Town first performed the song live at the 2017 ACM awards in Las Vegas. Their album, The Breaker, immediately hit number one on the billboards. And "Better Man" became one of the fastest-rising singles in the band's history.

So needless to say, there's a lot making Little Big Town happy people in Nashville.

 

Lyrics

Happy people don't cheat

Happy people don't lie

They don't judge, or hold a grudge, don't criticize

Happy people don't hate

Happy people don't steal

'Cause all the hurt sure ain't worth all the guilt they feelIf you want another secret

Can't back out, or make it

You ain't ever gonna be it

By takin' someone else's away

Never take it for granted

You don't have to understand it

Here's to whatever puts a smile on your face

Whatever makes you happy people

Happy people don't fail

Happy people just learn

Don't think that we're above the push and shove

They just wait their turn

They always got a hand, or a dollar to spare

Know the golden rule, what you're goin' through

Even if they never been there

If you want another secret

Can't back out, or make it

You ain't ever gonna be it

By takin' someone else's away

Never take it for granted

You don't have to understand it

Here's to whatever puts a smile on your face

Whatever makes you happy people

These days ain't always easy to find

They're the ones that you want standing by your side

No time for greed, if they need some, give them some slack

And we'll all be happy peopleWell life is short

And love is rare

And we all deserve to be happy while we're here

 

This post was originally published on May 12, 2017.

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Little Big Town's Video for 'Happy People' Will Make You Smile