Definition #288 Wonderful World

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong’s most famous, and enduring, song is “What a Wonderful World” (1967), and claimed as his favorite.

About the song, he said: “Seems to me it ain’t the world that’s so bad but what we’re doing to it, and all I’m saying is: see what a wonderful world it would be if only we’d give it a chance. Love, baby, love. That’s the secret …”

  • (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, sayin’, “How do you do?”
    They’re really sayin’, “I love you.”
    I hear babies cryin’. 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
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