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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Saturday Rave: What A Wonderful World by George Douglas and George David Weiss.

What a Wonderful World is a children's song written by Bob Thiele (though he called himself George Douglas) and George David Weiss.

It was first recorded by Louis Armstrong. It did badly in Armstrong's native USA (fewer than a thousand copies were sold) but the song made Armstrong the oldest singer of a Number One hit in Britain, where What a Wonderful World sold the highest number of records in 1968.

The words to the song goes like this.
 
What A Wonderful World

I see trees of green,
red roses too.
I see them bloom,
for me and you.
And I think to myself,
what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue,
And clouds of white.
The bright blessed day,
The dark sacred night.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow,
So pretty in the sky.
Are also on the faces,
Of people going by,
I see friends shaking hands.
Saying, "How do you do?"
They're really saying,
"I love you".

I hear babies cry,
I watch them grow,
They'll learn much more,
Than I'll ever know.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

Yes, I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

Oh yeah.
 
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Oh yeah.
 
Word To Use Today: wonderful. This word comes from`the Old English wundor and is related to words in Old Saxon, Old Norse and German. People have been wondering - and mostly wonderful - for a long time.
 

2 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post!
    This has to be one of the best, if not the best, songs ever written.
    It never fails to make me feel good.

    I never knew it wasn't an instant hit in the U.S. Thank goodness the British loved it!

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    1. Was this song the origin of the idea of a rainbow nation?
      What a wonderful world...

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