"Happy Talk" is a show tune from the 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. It is sung by Bloody Mary to the American lieutenant Joe Cable, about having a happy life, after he begins romancing her daughter Liat. Liat performs the song with hand gestures as Mary sings.
Ella Fitzgerald recorded this song with Gordon Jenkins and his orchestra for Decca and it was included on her album Miss Ella Fitzgerald & Mr Gordon Jenkins Invite You to Listen and Relax.
"Happy Talk" is occasionally cut from productions of South Pacific on the grounds that the song is racist, citing the fake pidgin in which it is written.
- Category: 1949 songs
- Category: 1982 singles
- Category: Nancy Wilson songs
- Category: Songs from South Pacific (1958 film)
- Category: Songs from South Pacific (musical)
- Category: Songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
- Category: Songs with music by Richard Rodgers
- Category: UK Singles Chart number-one singles
- composer: Richard Rodgers
- performer: Pearl Jam
- record label: Epic Records
- type: Song
- writer: Oscar Hammerstein II