Look Back At It: “You Make My Life A Sunny Day” and “LoveHappy” by Beyoncè and Jay-Z

NEW SEGMENT ALERT: Every”Look Back At It” Thursdays we will look at how an artist reimagined an old song as a sample in a new song. This week we will look at how Beyoncé and Jay-Z expanded on “You Make My Life a Sunny Day” by Eddie and Ernie.

 

The celebratory backing vocals and crashing drums on “LoveHappy” the finale track on joint Beyoncé and Jay-Z album “Everything Is Love” is almost wholly lifted from late 60’s track “You Make My Life a Sunny Day” by Eddie and Ernie. Listening to the song it is immediately apparent why the song appealed to the couple.

The first verse of “You Make My Life a Sunny Day” goes:

“Sometimes, the dark clouds come

and drive the sun away

sometimes it’s cold outside

but the cold don’t always stay”

These lyrics directly mirror the marital strife and following triumph that Beyoncé and Jay-Z had experienced.

The opening lines on “LoveHappy” are significantly more cheeky only serving to play up the triumph of the original track.  interchangeably Bey and Jay playfully rap about the recent trials their marriage has gone through:

Yeah, you fucked up the first stone, we had to get remarried
Yo, chill man
We keepin’ it real with these people, right?
Lucky I ain’t kill you when I met that b- (Nah, aight, aight )
Y’all know how I met her, we broke up and got back together
To get her back, I had to sweat her

Y’all could make up with a bag, I had to change the weather
Move the whole family West, but it’s whatever
In a glass house still throwing stones
Hova, Beysus, watch the throne

Their candidness hits with the drums and soars with the synths.

They love happy because they make each others life a sunny day.

 

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