I'll Make You Happy
(Wright/Young)


I, I give, I give you, I give you love.
Give you loving all the time.
Give you feelings just like wine
Does his lips taste sweeter than mine? 

no (no) no (no), no

I'll make you happy (just like your mamma wants)
I'll make you happy (just like your daddy said)
I'll make you happy just like your mamma wants to be

If, if you, if you don't, if you don't think.
If you don't think I'm your man
Find somebody else if you can
Asking  them to hold your hand
not me (me) me (me) ME

I'll make you happy (just like your mamma wants)
I'll make you happy (just like your daddy said)
I'll make you happy just like your mamma wants to be

I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I (repeat several times)

If, if you, if you don't, if you don't think.
If you don't think I'm your man
Find somebody else if you can
Asking them to hold your hand
not me (me) me (me) ME

I'll make you happy (just like your mamma wants)
I'll make you happy (just like your daddy said)
I'll make you happy just like your mamma wants to be

I'll make you happy (just like your mamma wants)
I'll make you happy (just like your daddy said)
I'll make you happy just like your mamma wants to be

(total playing time 3:41)

Song Facts:  This can be found on shock/denial/anger/acceptance.  Rick picked this song to open up his shows with on the sdaa tour.  It was originally recorded by the Easybeats back in the '60's.

George Smith of The Village Voice called this song "one of the three best hard rock songs you can't hear on the radio this year" He also said that it would "crush Velvet Revolver's "Slither" at white trash rock FM if the game weren't rigged" - 6/14/04

Footnote - background photo was taken in Cleveland, OH on 6/18/04 by Renata Hearn during I'll Make You Happy

 

 

 

 

According to US

When I first heard this one was a remake, and did what everyone else did -- Googled it and then listened to the original, I thought there was no way Rick could make this one sound good. I stand corrected. I was literally driving in my car (listening for the first time) with my mouth hanging agape. I loved it immediately.

I think this one has become my favorite non-Rick written tune. The rest of the ones he's covered - from Black is Black to If You think you're Groovy, they're like *eh* to me. I can take 'em or leave 'em - and I'm certainly not heartbroken to have not heard them performed live. This one though, Rick has definitely made his own. I love how the lyrics are repeating in this one - instead of sounding repetitive - they sound encouraging. Like you can't wait for Rick to sing the rest.

This is a really good show-opener too. It's got that long enough intro like AOTH, where you think you'll not be able to stand hearing one more note without seeing Rick... when he comes out. Now if the band could at least look like they're playing that intro, and somewhat happy to be there before Rick hits the stage - that'd really be something.

The "I, I , I or Aye, Aye, or Ai, Ai -- however you want to spell it -- is very catchy also. Walk up to a Rick fan, and start singing this one. They'll join you immediately. I love how Rick refers to this part as the "Jewish lament". I don't know why that makes me smile, but it does. I think because of the easiness to pick up and sing along with Rick on this one, it should've been released as a single. But what do I know? - Michelle P.

I remember when we first heard about this song and we found the wav of it and I listened to it, and I thought "uh oh, not even Rick Springfield can make this sound good". Boy was I wrong. I love this song. I love the way it starts out with one word, then repeats and add the second word until the whole sentence gets sung out. After hearing Rick's version several times, I went back today and listened to the Easybeat's version again. I was expecting it to sound really different and really horrible. It actually doesn't sound all that different. Just slower really.
This is a very energetic song and a great song to open up the concert with.
It's one thing to be able to do a cover song justice, it's another to make it sound even better. He certainly does that, it a very big way. But then again, I've never heard him do a bad cover - rlh


I don't care if Rick didn't write this song. I love it! I just want to get up and dance the pony to it. (Am I showing my age here or what?) It is so upbeat and "happy", but I still think he is in denial if he thinks he can "make" someone happy. Either they are or they're not. He can only be himself and if that makes the other person happy then great, but, if it doesn't, then it's the other person's problem not his. But, who wouldn't be happy with him? LOL - Charlotte Poe


I'll never forget this one to be the opening song when I was lucky enough to see Rick 2 nights in a row. This is a really rockin' song (not too many on this Cd aren't) I would never have thought Rick didn't right this one-it is so HIM! I haven't heard the original, but I am sure this version puts it to shame. The I, I, I's had to grow on me, but eventually I got past that. This song is so `catchy' and dance-able and easy to sing along to. I love it. - Amy L.


If that kickin' guitar doesn't grab one's attention…nothing will! I LOVE how he blended the ending of "Perfect" & the beginning of this song. That is perfect in itself! This is another one of those hi-fi/low-fi songs Rick talked about. It starts out with the pedal down, building with a few drum licks & more guitar, flowing into the first…..and then something cool that sounds like a sigh or a tssk of frustration (it's probably the symbol, but it sounds like a vocal sigh). I believe that sound is in there twice! Then a huge build up in the music (keyboards maybe?) & it takes off like a jet plane, into a head banging riff. I love it immediately. The guitars & the blending of the instruments in this one are enough to satisfy any headbanger! 

I went and listened to a sound clip of the Easybeats version of this song, and I can tell you……compared to this one, it stinks. (sorry Rick….I know he says he has a special & sentimental connection to this song, but I can't help it! I don`t care for the original.) He just MADE this song in my opinion. If I had heard it before hearing this, I KNOW I wouldn't have liked it at all. Rick totally kicked this song into high gear & gave it a new life. He made it ROCK! I think it's great though that he covered a song so very dear to him, and also because they were an Australian band. Supporting his "home boys!" 

When I first got SDAA, I listened several times before I ever read the CD cover (which is unusual for me….it's usually the opposite). I had no idea this was not a Rick song, through about 10 listens. (since I kept hitting repeat on this song!) I was shocked to learn it was a cover. So apparently this song seemed to me like something Rick would write. Maybe because of the sarcasm in the lyrics and the tongue-in-cheek qualities throughout: "I'll make you happy, just like your mama wants. I'll make you happy, just like your daddy says….I`ll make you happy, just like your mama wants to be" or maybe I thought it was his song just because of the great way the music is put together. I really don't know why! 

Along with the masterful guitars that make me want to drive like a maniac or dance around with an air guitar, the lyrics in the verses are my favorite part of this tune. I absolutely LOVE how each verse is set up…"I, I give, I give you, I give you love," and "If, if you, if you don't, if you don't think." It leaves the listener hanging on…..if you what? I give what?! And the way Rick sings those verses!!!!!!!! (it literally sends shivers up my spine! How many times have I said that in a review?! Many I'm sure!) WHEW…….Can his voice be any deeper or more sultry than here?! This song ranks in my top 10 of sexy-voiced Rick songs! I about melt every time I hear that 1st "you" in "if you…" (from the second verse), and also the way his voice kind of cracks in the word "don't" during "if you don't think." He has an incredible gift for making the listener feel the raw emotion behind the words! I don't know how the man does it, but it keeps me hooked on him, that's for sure. 

I kind of feel like this song is a mix of denial & anger. The anger seems to flow through the music, and the denial comes from the words themselves. Especially in the 1st verse: "Give you lovin' all the time. Give you feelings just like wine, does his lips taste sweeter than mine? No, NO, NOOO!" Oh & I can't forget the angry emotion in his voice as he says, "Like me, Me, MEEEE!" That is so in-your-face, the way he sings that "me" part! Now I know he didn't write this….but lyrically I think it fits into the theme of the 4 stages of healing. There may even be a little bit of shock in there too. How could she want someone else to hold her hand in love?! Especially when he can make her happy? 

The 1st several times I heard this, I wasn't too sure about the I, I, I's in the middle of the song. And as I said, I thought RICK had wrote it, and all I could think was "what the hell?" Even though I like Rick's sha na na's & so forth, I thought he was just filling in space! LOL…Kind of weird….but now, I actually love that part & I know it's part of the original as well. It's very catchy to sing along with. Another cool guitar sound comes in right after this part: when the guitar is going full speed & then sounds as if it's winding down, right before he goes into "If, if you…" What a beautiful sound! That makes me want to play the guitar when I hear it. I really like how they added the "whoo's" in the background towards the end. That pretty much sums up how I feel when I hear this tune: "whooooo!" I will never tire of this song OR the SDAA CD. It truly rocks! - Kelley Pearson