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Everything Is Beautiful: Ray Stevens' Classic Song From the 1970s!

Updated on February 1, 2014

Jesus Loves the Little Children: Ray Stevens Sings of Optimism and Universal Love

''Everything is Beautiful'' packs a lot of emotion in a very simple song that is as true today as when it hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts in Spring 1970.

The use of children singing the hymn ''Jesus Loves the Little Children'' gives the song more depth and makes it feel timeless, while Stevens' lyrics point out the uselessness of arguing over such things as how a person looks.

It's a brilliant composition, and is guaranteed to always give listeners a lift!

The song is on the album shown here.

Ray Stevens Performing "Everything Is Beautiful"

Here are the lyrics to ''Everything is Beautiful,'' including the first verse of the gospel song ''Jesus Loves the Little Children'' at the beginning. The copyright to the lyrics belongs to Ray Stevens.

Jesus loves the little children

All the little children of the world

Red and yellow, black and white

They are precious in his sight

Jesus loves the little children of the world

Everything is beautiful In its' own way

Like a starry summer night

Or a snow covered winter's day

Everybody's beautiful in their own way

Under God's heaven

The world's gonna find a way

There is none so blind as he who will not see

We must not close our minds

We must let our thought be free

For every hour that passes by

You know the world gets a little bit older

It's time to realize that beauty lies

In the eyes of the beholder

Everything is beautiful

In its' own way

Like a starry summer nights

Or a snow covered winter's day

Ah, sing it children

Everybody's beautiful in their own way

Under God's heaven

The world's gonna find a way

We shouldn't care about the length of his hair

Or the color of his skin

Don't worry about what shows from without

but the love that lives within

We're gonna get it all together now

Everything gonna work out fine

Just take a little time to look on the good side my friend

And straighten it out in your mind

Everything is beautiful in its own way

Like a starry summer nights

Or a snow covered winter's day

Ah, sing it children

Everybody's beautiful in their own way

Under God's heaven

The world's gonna find a way

''Everything is Beautiful,'' Plus ''Gitarzan,'' ''Harry the Hairy Ape'' and Much More! - Here's that MP3 Compilation of Ray Stevens' Songs!

Ray Stevens: Making People Laugh for Five Decades!

Ray Stevens first charted in 1961, with the novelty song 'Jeremiah Peabody’s Poly Unsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green and Purple Pills.'' He followed that with ''Ahab the Arab'' in 1962, then spent several years working as a session musician and a producer for other singers including Dolly Parton.

His career blossomed in 1969 with the hits ''Gitarzan'' and ''Along Came Jones.''

The next year, he was offered a summer replacement show, which led to the writing of ''Everything is Beautiful.'' He wanted a new theme song for the series, so he went into his basement and three days he emerged with the song. The children singing the gospel song were from Oak Hill Elementary School in Nashville, and included Stevens' two daughters.

The song became Stevens' first No. 1 hit and won two Grammy Awards in 1971.

His next big hit was a return to the comedy hits that were his more usual fare. ''The Streak'' hit the airwaves just five days after a streaker interrupted the Academy Awards broadcast in 1974, sending the song skyrocketing to No. 1!

Since then he has had numerous hits and his videos have also sold very well. For more on Ray Stevens see the sites below.

Ray Stevens, Master of Many Music Genres!

Ray Stevens based his success on funny songs, but he also has recorded gospel albums and many straight versions of songs (including being the first to record the country classic ''Sunday Morning Coming Down.'')

You can search for his music on Amazon through this engine. I'm sure you will find something you'll like, or a gift for someone you love!

''Jesus Loves the Little Children''

''Everything is Beautiful'' Videos

''Everything is Beautiful'' is included on the two collections listed here. Unfortunately I don't have either of them so I don't know if it's the same video in both compilations or if he did a newer version. Maybe somebody can comment down below with more information?

Same Song, Different Performers - Bing Crosby & Count Basie

Do You Believe Everything is Beautiful?

Ray Stevens' song has such a wonderful thought to it, but is it really true? Can this world find a way if we only look on the bright side and find the love within?

Do you believe?

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''Everything is Beautiful'' Music Sheets

If you are a singer or musician who wants to learn the song ''Everything is Beautiful,'' there are a number of music sheets and songbooks available.

Is ''Everything is Beautiful'' Your favorite Ray Stevens Song?

If it isn't ''Everything is Beautiful,'' please share it in a comment!

What's Your Favorite Ray Stevens Song?

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The Top 15 Songs for 1970

Everything Is Beautiful ranks 12th

1. Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkel

2. (They Long to Be) Close to You, Carpenters

3. American Woman/No Sugar Tonight, The Guess Who

4. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head, B.J. Thomas

5. War, Edwin Starr

6. Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Diana Ross

7. I'll Be There, Jackson 5

8. Get Ready, Rare Earth

9. Let It Be, The Beatles

10. Band of Gold, Freda Payne

11. Mama Told Me (Not to Come), Three Dog Night

12. Everything Is Beautiful, Ray Stevens

13. Make It With You, Bread

14. Hitchin' a Ride, Vanity Fair

15. ABC, Jackson 5

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      burntchestnut 4 years ago

      I used to love watching Ray Stevens on TV and I owned all of his albums.

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      Mobley5 4 years ago

      A wonderful reminder of a lovely song - took me back to my childhood. :-)

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Still hear this song on the radio sometimes, driving around.

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      blessedmomto7 4 years ago

      I loved this song.

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      Gaby81 4 years ago

      Useful lens for me, since I learned a lot of new things. Thank you.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I can't carry a tune but I have enjoyed singing and reading about one of my favorite songs, Everything Is Beautiful by Ray Stevens. Thanks.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

      great memories!

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      Yes - love that song!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      No sorry I didn't sing, but I like that song very much. Thanks for sharing a great lens. Blessed.

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      goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Thank you very much, and for letting me take over this page.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @Virginia Allain: You've done quite well with your revamp of this page. I congratulate you on your work.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've always loved that song, thanks for sharing!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Absolutely. Not only have heard it on records, have heard him sing it live, a couple of times, on his stage, when he had his show in Branson, MO! ;-) Thanks, for the memories! ;-)

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      chas65 5 years ago

      It was aclassic that will be arounfd for a long time to come.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      The song will be running through my mind for hours now. It is a great one.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I love this lens because I love 70s music and I lived it. It takes me back to my young years and I would enlarge on the 70s popular music theme. It mattered not what race, creed or color we were, the music was all around us everywhere and brought us together. We knew the world was changing because we had changed. Parents were flabbergasted but we persevered, which finally brought many of them to the realization that a lot of this music was GOOD and in turn, a lot of the young people were GOOD. Now we look back on those days with lots of nostalgia. I think I could do many good things with this lens and I hope you'll choose me. It's my kind of lens.

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Besides really liking this lens, thank you for featuring my Peter Frampton lens.

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      That is a classic song. Love it.

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      bossypants 5 years ago

      Reading the top songs list really took me back! What a positive way to start the day, with this song!

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      goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      Oh, yes! I love Ray Stevens and have many of his albums. Nice lens!

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      I still have a Ray Stevens VHS Cassette tape that I got for Christmas back ni the early to mid 90's lol. It's got the streak, the squirrel revival and other funny songs(it even has the music video for this song here). Wow i need to rewatch that vhs tape again to see how cheesy it is now lol I really liked country music when I was young. I don't listen to any now though. Nice article!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Great song!

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      Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

      Yes, I did! :) Great Lens!