Always Look on the Bright Side of Life is the Song That Makes me Smile

Eric Idle, Monty Python, Life of Brian and that song, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, make me smile. The song is one of those simple little ditties that sticks in your head but you don't mind. It is such a feel good song that it doesn’t matter if you find the lyrics repeating themselves over and over for the rest of the day. There is nothing better than a simple ditty that simply makes you feel good. For me, the theme from Monty Python’s Life of Brian is that song.

Monty Python

The Monty Python crew came into my life when I was in my teens and I have to admit I didn’t find them a bit funny at the time. It was my most conservative uncle who watched the show religiously on a weekly basis. I was staying with him and my aunt at the time and I could not understand why the world as we knew it stopped for sixty minutes on a Saturday night. I had no idea what he was laughing about.

Did the sketches get funnier as I matured or was it once the gang started to produce movies, my sense of humour had changed? There are still some bits from the show and their movies where I feel they just went that little bit too far, but for the most I can easily laugh till I cry even if I’ve seen the skit a hundred times. In fact some of it gets funnier the more times I watch. The anticipation of knowing what’s coming next, trying to hold back the chuckle until the appropriate moment can be challenging.


From the Monty Python Channel

Monty Python on YouTube

Monty Python launched their own video channel on YouTube as a way of fighting back against the rip offs that have been playing on the site for years. They say their clips will be brand new, high quality versions instead of the rubbish that’s already out there.

Some of my favourite songs from Monty Python

The Lumberjack Song was first heard in Episode Nine of the Monty Python Circus series. Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Fred Tomlinson all had a hand in the writing and composition of the musical ditty. The opening line 'I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay' tells all there is to know about this catchy tune that will run around in your subconscious for days after hearing it. 'I sleep all night and I work all day.'

Knights of the Round Table. They're the knights of the round table, they dance when they're able, they do routines and chorus scenes. The song was written for the movie the Holy Grail and it's incredibly difficult to keep ones toes and feet flat on the ground while listening to this one.

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life sings Eric Idle as he hangs by his hands and feet on the cross. He portrays a man sent to his death on a crucifix to die next to Brian and manages to find the positive in any circumstance. The words are simple yet effective and the sing-along tune made it as a favourite choice of funeral songs in the UK even claiming number one status on the top 20 list of best funeral songs for 2014.



Eric Idle on YouTube

Eric Idle takes a few minutes to respond to some of the absurd questions asked by YouTube fans and followers.

Eric Idle comments from others

From the Movie Life of Brian

The Life of Brian is a lighthearted movie about the Messiah, even though his mother claims, "he's not the Messiah, he's just a very naughty boy". At the moment of crucifixion when Brian starts to feel despondent, a voice from the left says, "cheer up Brian, don't grumble give a whistle" and always looks on the bright side of life.

30 Day Song Challenge

This is my contribution to Song 3 in the 30 Day Song Challenge - A Song That Makes You Happy. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life is not the only song that makes me happy, but it sure does make me smile every time I hear it.

© 2011 Karen Wilton

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Pearldiver 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

So you ended up really conservative and able to mimic John Cleese at the Ministry of Funny Walks? Very Clever boys they were. My Favourites.. Black Knight and Fish Slapping! Nice One! Thanks for Reminding me about all those conservative days! Thanks for sharing.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks for reading Pearldiver. Weren't they clever? What about the dead parrot sketch and the Knights who say Ni? Gosh they were a lot of fun.


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Hi Karanda what a brilliant song choice. Eric Idol thought the song up, to end the movie on a cheerier note. I loved Monty Python, but only about fifteen minutes of the one hour was great, the rest was rubbish. The four Yorkshire-men is my all time favourite, you have to know how Yorkshire-men act to fully appreciate it, but they do make it rather plain how dour those men can be. The black Knight and the cheese shop sketch are great. There's also a sketch about Michael Palin wanting to be a Lion tamer, with John Cleese interviewing him, that is hilarious. I loved their sketches the most, as they were well thought out, not completely stupid. I went to see the spamalot on stage a few years back. It was brilliant with a few slight changes. I'll have a look at the videos in the morning as i'm crook with the flu or some sort of bug. Cheers what a genius you are with this choice because it's funny and a nice song to boot.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Many thanks Keith @attemptedhumour, coming from you to say something I have published is funny is high praise indeed - even if it was only my choice of song. I can't remember the cheese shop sketch so I might have to do some more research. Ah, the drudges of being a writer.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

After reading and enjoying all that you've put into this Hub...I'm willing to give Monte Python a second try in my old age...This was all so very good and funny! Thanks for sharing and opening this one up to us!


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catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

You are so right that music can evoke such strong feelings in us! Thanks for reminding me to recall the songs that make me happy.


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Like you, I wasn’t very fond of the Monty Python shows when they were first shown on television, and I agree that they went too far in some of their sketches. Now I find parts of the shows very funny. Thanks for an entertaining hub - it’s encouraged me to explore Monty Python some more.?


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

b.Malin I am so glad you stopped by and decided to give Monty Python another chance. As I said in my Hub I still think they go too far with a lot of their sketches but they are very clever and there has been some memorable funny moments that have stood the test of time.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Music has played a big part in my life catgypsy. Those times when I needed a pick me up, I have looked for the tunes that made me feel happy or remind me of happier times.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Hi Karanda-I've not heard this song before. I never followed MP when I was younger--not sophisticated enough for their humor at the time, LOL NOw I find their work hilarious. Great video clips and song choice. Thoroughly enjoyed. Brought a chuckle to the end of a long day. Thanks. :)


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

I'm so glad you enjoyed this. It is just one of those feel good songs in the face of disaster. Monty Python is definitely something that grows on you. Thanks for your continuing support.


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RichERich1175 5 years ago

Although I am an American, I truly adore Eric Idle and Monty Python. "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" is one of my all-time favorite movies. And, I remember when I was a youngster, seeing Eric Idle in Terry Gilliam's fantastical "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" and being in wonderment. Thank you for your article


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks for reading RichERich1175. The Holy Grail was the movie that changed my mind about the Monty Python gang. Glad you enjoyed the Hub.


eudociadavis 5 years ago

Karanda what a brilliant song,we all know music can evoke such strong feelings in us,After reading and enjoying all that you've put into this Hub

Thanks for sharing and opening this one up to us!


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Glad you enjoyed this eudociadavis. There's nothing better than a happy song to lift your mood.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

I enjoyed reading your hub. Now of course the song is stuck in my head, but it's a good message so I'll deal. Great hub. Rated up and awesome.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

At least you can whistle along to the tune if you don't know the words. Thanks for the rating and comment.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A great hub Karanda,

Thank you for sharing because I really enjoyed it. I push all the buttons on this one.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Suzanne Day 5 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

I love this song and it always cheers me up when I am down in life.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks for pushing the buttons Eiddwen. I hope you were whistling as you went!


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

It is a great song Suzanne. I'm glad I was able to bring some cheer to your life.


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cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

great stuff. voted up.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Isn't it wonderful? I never tire of this song. It lifts my soul and brightens my day. It sticks in my head and I don't mind, always look on the bright side of life, do, do do, do...


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

These were some wild and crazy guys alright. Thanks for bringing back the memories. Good stuff! :)


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks James, it was a lot of fun putting this Hub together and now I always know where to go to brighten my day.

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