Happiness (Elliott Smith song)
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|Single by Elliott Smith|
|from the album Figure 8|
|A-side||"Happiness (Single Version)"|
|B-side||"Son of Sam (Acoustic Version)"|
|Released||February 8, 2000|
|Format||CD, 7" vinyl|
|Label||DreamWorks, Cavity Search|
|Producer(s)||Elliott Smith, Tom Rothrock, Rob Schnapf|
|Elliott Smith singles chronology|
"Happiness" is a song by American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. It was released on February 8, 2000 by record label DreamWorks as the first single from his fifth studio album, Figure 8. It was also released on 7-inch vinyl by Cavity Search.
Recording and content
Jon Brion sings backup vocals on "Happiness".
On early recording reels, the song was labeled as "Tom's Start".
The single version is a slightly different mix of the song that was released on the album. On Figure 8, the track is labeled as "Happiness/The Gondola Man" due to the short instrumental that plays after "Happiness" ends. On the single, an entirely different instrumental follows the song. The instrumental that follows on the single is a reversed clip of "Take a Fall", a song recorded in Smith's early duo called A Murder of Crows. This song shouldn't be confused with other Smith songs "Taking a Fall" and "How to Take a Fall".
- "Happiness (Single Version)"
- "Son of Sam (Acoustic Version)"
- Elliott Smith – vocals, guitars, bass, drums, piano, organ, marching drum
- Jon Brion – backing vocals