Happiness is the second song from Scott Pender's Two Raymond Carver Songs song cycle.

Date: 2013Text: Raymond CarverSong Collection: Two Raymond Carver Songs

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By Raymond Carver


So early it’s still almost dark out.

I’m near the window with coffee,

and the usual early morning stuff

that passes for thought.

When I see the boy and his friend

walking up the road

to deliver the newspaper.

They wear caps and sweaters,

and the one boy has a bag over his shoulder.

They are so happy

they aren’t saying anything, these boys.

I think if they could, they would take

each other’s arm.

It’s early in the morning,

and they are doing this thing together.

They come on, slowly.

The sky is taking on light,

though the moon still hangs palely over the water.

Such beauty that for a minute

death and ambition, even love,

doesn’t enter into this.

Happiness. It comes on

unexpectedly. And goes beyond, really,

any early morning talk about it.


Sheet Music

Two Raymond Carver Songs

Composer(s): Pender, Scott

Song(s): Grief, Happiness

Voice Type: Baritone

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