happy as larry
Let’s hear it for Larry.
He’s made his mark so long.
When did he start to be happy?
Has he been like that all along?
Let’s sing a song for Larry.
Larry deserves a cheer.
He must hold some sort of record.
Buy the man a beer!
Does Larry ever wonder
why he’s always glad?
There’s something I want to ask Larry:
Does he ever want to be sad?
Larry - certainly the best known character in the world of similes. The expression he instigated is most likely to be of Australian or New Zealand origin. The earliest printed reference currently known is from the New Zealand writer G. L. Meredith, dating from around 1875:
"We would be as happy as Larry if it were not for the rats".