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05/06/2013 11:35 am ET Updated Jul 06, 2013

Bobby McFerrin On What You Didn't Know About 'Don't Worry Be Happy' (VIDEO)

Bobby McFerrin, the musical mind behind "Don't Worry, Be Happy" and countless other vocal sounds and stylings, stopped by HuffPost Live on Monday morning to promote his new album "spirityouall" and discuss the influence of his father.

Naturally, Marc Lamont Hill asked about the relentlessly cheerful song that became an anthem of the '80s: "Do you ever have the desire to make another 'Don't Worry, Be Happy'?"

"That song became a hit all by itself," McFerrin answered.

"It just happened to be released at the right time, people seemed to latch on to that piece. It's funny. I did everything backwards. I recorded this tune, it shoots out of the gate, it starts selling millions of copies and what did I do? I stay home when, according to the record company I should have been touring like mad. But I had a choice of either touring like crazy and being away from my family or hanging out with my family, and I've got some kids and a wife I never see, so I decided to stay home.

Watch the full segment on HuffPost Live.