More musical love to The Bronze Fonz ... this time from Pennsylvania.
More musical love to The Bronze Fonz ... this time from Pennsylvania.

Inspired by Aimee Mann, Ben Smith salutes The Bronze Fonz

More melodious love for the Bronze Fonz has arrived from afar. Yesterday, West Chester, Pa.-based singer and songwriter Ben Smith wrote to share one of his tunes with us. It's one that pays homage to the Bronze Fonz, says Smith.

"I'm no Aimee Mann," he wrote, self-effacingly, and in reference to a comment Mann made at a concert at The Pabst Theater (and a Twitter discussion between Mann and her collaborator Ted Leo), "but here's a song about the statue of the Fonz – and Milwaukee."

"Happier Days" is from Smith's upcoming EP and he writes on Soundcloud:

"The song was inspired by one of Aimee Mann's tweets in December – one of my favorite songwriters. She tweeted that she and Ted Leo were considering writing a song that alluded to Milwaukee's statue of The Fonz. I tweeted an opening lyric and she responded, 'Fantastic. Where's this from?' This is the only encouragement I needed to finish this song on my own. If she and Ted follow through with their song, consider the Fonz statue twice honored."

You can hear "Happier Days" here. And here are the lyrics:

There's a statue of the Fonz
where all Milwaukee's Johns
wait for a girl who'll hear their "Heyys."

The line wraps round the block
and the girls rock round the clock
They know there's just some things they'll never pay

But don't get down
We're all waiting
Waiting on Happier Days

Somewhere across town
there's moonshine underground
and now it's coming down with the rain

And we'll watch it hit the lake
and the ripples that it makes
but the wind is more than you can face

But don't get down
We're all waiting
Waiting on Happier Days

You've tried to find your thrill
Looked up on Blueberry Hill
but the clouds were hanging low that day

You won't find it on TV
but you'll find it right with me
cause Misery loves some company

But don't get down
We're all waiting
Waiting on Happier Days

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