This Way To Happiness

by chris hardy world

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1.
work it, work it, work it how you want it take it, make it, once you get right on it don't you see that view right before your eyes whoever does the job is the one to win the prize work it, work it, work it how you want it take it, make it, once you get right on it you can't let it slip opportunity little bit of elbow grease and soon you will be free work it, work it, work it how you want it take it, make it, once you get right on it this is your life this is your flight if you give up the cockpit then you lose the right work it, work it, work it how you want it take it, make it, once you get right on it shape it, shape it, shape it how you see it claim it, claim it, then you'll always be it work it, work it, work it how you want it take it, make it, once you get right on it
2.
Cut The Drag 03:44
the flow is kind of important if you want a smooth motion you'll never get off the ground with all that commotion some things and people in your world you might not want them around their influence can keep you from being aerodynamically sound so whatever's giving you trouble cut the drag, cut the drag less resistance equals more distance cut the drag, cut the drag anything that you don't like you can reduce your exposure shut the door in misery's face and then you'll have some closure so whatever's giving you trouble cut the drag, cut the drag less resistance equals more distance cut the drag, cut the drag going slow is not an option it's nothing more than distracting lose the awful people and the better ones will be the ones you're attracting so whatever's giving you trouble cut the drag, cut the drag less resistance equals more distance cut the drag, cut the drag
3.
Make A Thing 03:32
if life has you feeling down you're being chased by evil clowns make a thing, make a thing if there's nothing here on earth that lets you feel any worth make a thing, make a thing go weave a basket maybe write a song just draw a picture there's no right or wrong if life has you feeling down you're being chased by evil clowns make a thing, make a thing if there's nothing here on earth that lets you feel any worth make a thing, make a thing go build a doghouse put a fancy meal on a plate knit yourself a sweater it's important to create you don't need to be the best just put aside some time to invest it don't need to be a masterpiece to feel your good vibes increase give yourself some joy chase away the blues just do it for yourself and not for the reviews if life has you feeling down you're being chased by evil clowns make a thing, make a thing if there's nothing here on earth that lets you feel any worth make a thing, make a thing
4.
Vitamin N 03:51
don't we just hate it when we don't get what we want we scream and we yell so much and we argue and we taunt so how do we make it in a world that keeps us down there must be a way to avoid getting trapped underground one dose of vitamin N is good for you just the word "no" can let you see much more turn your attention to find another way there's an open window for every closed door bridge it's not an easy lesson to learn when you're looking for bridges to burn being denied is a reality when you get into that mentality one dose of vitamin N is good for you just the word "no" can let you see much more turn your attention to find another way there's an open window for every closed door sometimes we need to improvise out on the path if we want to get ourselves on the greener grass one dose of vitamin N is good for you just the word "no" can let you see much more turn your attention to find another way there's an open window for every closed door
5.
yesterday was wound up tight and today you want some relief to wash it all right down the drain the misery and the grief close your eyes and wash it away and your troubles say their goodbyes then feel the wave of relaxation flow and let your new self arise slip into the past tense slip into the past tense slip into the past tense and put your tension into the past now your joints are all screwed down and they match your clenched up jaw the only thing you need right now is to find a way to withdraw close your eyes and wash it away and your troubles say their goodbyes then feel the wave of relaxation flow and let your new self arise slip into the past tense slip into the past tense slip into the past tense and put your tension into the past releasing that amount of stress is just a matter of perspective let your mind collect it all and it'll follow your directive close your eyes and wash it away and your troubles say their goodbyes then feel the wave of relaxation flow and let your new self arise slip into the past tense slip into the past tense slip into the past tense and put your tension into the past
6.
who cares what other people think of you it's not for them to decide who cares what other people think of you you've no obligation to abide who cares what other people think of you you can be a jester or a king who cares what other people think of you just ignore it and do your thing who cares what other people think of you and why does it affect anything you do to thine own self you must be true so who cares what other people think of you who cares what other people think of you nobody has that authority who cares what other people think of you don't conform to their morality who cares what other people think of you be happy with who you are who cares what other people think of you let 'em be offended from afar who cares what other people think of you and why does it affect anything you do to thine own self you must be true so who cares what other people think of you don't you wanna be free from that anxiety and once you finally see I'm sure you will agree who cares what other people think of you and why does it affect anything you do to thine own self you must be true so who cares what other people think of you
7.
you need air to live so do it the right way and you'll soon feel better when you begin today it can help you relax if you're under some stress it takes your frustrations and makes them much less breathe down to the root of your lungs let your stomach out as you inhale see the energy filling you up and then just exhale slowing your heartbeat when you're feeling uptight calming your nerves out of fight or flight breathe down to the root of your lungs let your stomach out as you inhale see the energy filling you up and then just exhale don't you know stress is a killer don't you know it can be beat don't you know you can just breathe and it makes its retreat breathe down to the root of your lungs let your stomach out as you inhale see the energy filling you up and then just exhale
8.
why do you spend your time why do you waste the effort why does it weigh on you worrying about what other people do you can't get to the top you can't be enlightened you'll never enjoy the view worrying about what other people do go ahead and keep on keeping on if happiness is not what you're open to go ahead and walk around in circles worrying about what other people do worrying about what other people do all you can feel is pain all you find is misery all your thoughts will split in two worrying about what other people do go ahead and keep on keeping on if happiness is not what you're open to go ahead and walk around in circles worrying about what other people do worrying about what other people do br busybodies got to be busy and know-it-alls think they know nosy people got to be nosy while happy people just let it go go ahead and keep on keeping on if happiness is not what you're open to go ahead and walk around in circles worrying about what other people do worrying about what other people do
9.
if your coworkers detest you and you're with them for eight hours it'll suck the life completely out of you with its destructive powers no job is worth the effect that tension has on your mind never being able to relax in an environment that's so unkind you've got to work to survive and they have to do the same thing too but if they can't hide their hateful contempt then it's time to move on for you no job is worth the effect that tension has on your mind never being able to relax in an environment that's so unkind get out and work for yourself get out and work for yourself managers are far too busy to listen to the underlings whine they add up the almighty numbers while worshiping the bottom line maybe increase your productivity by applying your creativity to finding some sense of enjoyment with a better form of employment no job is worth the effect that tension has on your mind never being able to relax in an environment that's so unkind get out and work for yourself get out and work for yourself
10.
you've lived through worse and made it out alive anything can happen and yet you survive it's okay, it's all okay whatever is going on it's okay, it's all okay soon it'll all be gone if the future looks bleak and once again you will lose remember that it's not real and stop watching the news it's okay, it's all okay whatever is going on it's okay, it's all okay soon it'll all be gone when you look around at your entire world you can always find something good and it carries you through the dark times as it should so when you've lost all hope and depression is all you've heard cast it away from your mind and find comfort in these words it's okay, it's all okay whatever is going on it's okay, it's all okay soon it'll all be gone
11.
Feel The D 03:40
you're missing something and it's tearing you up inside too much darkness in your world there is nowhere you can hide don't you know about the light that you can get in epic supply this magic cure for all your ills is burning right up in the sky clear the haze and get some rays and maybe your mood will be fixed for good you will agree when you feel the D sunlight heals you like it should they say sunblock is the answer to keep you safe from cancer well that's about money and fears somehow we survived all these years clear the haze and get some rays and maybe your mood will be fixed for good you will agree when you feel the D sunlight heals you like it should so do what we've done for ages put the brightness onto your skin and feel the D making everything right and let the healing process begin clear the haze and get some rays and maybe your mood will be fixed for good you will agree when you feel the D sunlight heals you like it should
12.
daydreams taunt you voices haunt you and you think them impossible you've always wanted but felt so daunted is it really unreachable paint yourself a picture and think yourself there and think yourself there and think yourself there you point the way the mind will follow don't you want to continue on paint yourself a picture and think yourself there and think yourself there and think yourself there you draw the map and no one else you bring the heat and the iceberg melts contentment grows inside your mind as long as you live the life you designed paint yourself a picture and think yourself there and think yourself there and think yourself there

about

With all the unhappy and miserable people in the world today, I thought it might be nice to offer them some wisdom that I've collected over the years from various sources. Each song contains a bit of this wisdom in the hopes that it will contribute to the listener's happiness. I've used this wisdom myself and I am finally happy, so I want to share what has worked for me.

Hey, you also get the companion ebook to this album which goes into greater detail about the concepts behind these songs in handy pdf format!

Please contact me if you have any questions. :D

credits

released September 21, 2021

Chris Hardy: drums, Steinberger bass, piccolo bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals, songwriting, composition, recording and engineering.

Scott Horton: mastering.

Jacob Boland: cover art

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chris hardy world Edgefield, South Carolina

I write songs myself. I record them all myself. I play all the instruments (including real actual drums) myself. I do everything myself - the only job you have is to listen and enjoy! Isn't that easy?

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