Monday morning is not the best day of the week, is it, especially when you have to get up and go to work? Luckily for me, I no longer work on Mondays so that Monday morning feeling is a mere memory. And if I need a bigger lift for my mood, then all I have to do is tune into Lauren Laverne’s wonderful BBC 6 Music breakfast show in general and her ‘Cloudbusting’ feature in particular. Some lush songs today from Dobie Gray, Tears for Fears and Donna Summer, but how about this?
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 crying, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world
Louis Armstrong’s record company hated the song but the British people adored it and still do. Better known for being a world class trumpeter, it’s ironic that Satchmo’s biggest commercial success was Wonderful World. But he was pitch perfect and brought to life some of the most beautiful lyrics ever written. So this morning, I googled the lyrics and have pasted them above.
It’s the world I want to see and still do see for most of the time. For all the lying politicians and dishonest purveyors of news, there is still an overwhelming amount of good, of love, in the world. And I see it every day.
For it is, whatever we do to it, still a wonderful world full of wonderful people, generally doing good things and being nice to each other. It is easy to be consumed by the darkness that surrounds us, in our country and abroad, the ugliness and dishonesty of world leaders like Putin and Trump and their lickspittles in our country but if we want it badly enough, we can and will rise above it.
Spring is only weeks away and the days are already getting longer. We’ve nearly made it, friends. A brighter day is coming. What a wonderful world.