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 / Then I'll ever know, / And I think to myself, / What a wonderful world.

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

Oh yeah."

An all-time classic sung by Louis Armstrong and by many others. The writers and those involved with the song include George Douglas, Howard Dietz, Bob Thiele, Robert Thiele, Arthur Schwartz, Axel Cristofer Hedfors, George David Weiss and Bob Thiele Jr. Copyright: Chappell & Co. Inc., Range Road Music Inc., Imagem Sounds O. B. O. Abilene Music LLC, Universal Music Publishing AB, and Quartet Music Inc.

The song is a very simple reminder that the beauty of this world can never be erased by wars and hatred. It also contains a hope for the future of humanity with the prospect of each new generation.

David Attenborough has inspired a few generations of TV viewers with his powerful documentaries. It seems fitting that he should be the narrator of this short film from the BBC.

It is a video you can watch over and over again when you are wearied by the news of the day. It reminds us that a power much greater than ourselves is at work in life. It takes so little for us to acknowledge and appreciate its handiwork as we once did regularly during my former night-time radio show, Lovers and Other Strangers.

It really is a wonderful world.

My thanks to The Canadian Daily for making me aware of this film. 

Don Jackson – June 2015 

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