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Louis Armstrong: What a Wonderful World Lyrics

Updated on October 6, 2014

What a Wonderful World Song Lyrics

Song by: Bob Thiele and George David Weiss.

Released: as a single in early fall 1967.

Inducted: in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

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 colours of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky

Are also on the faces of people going by

I see friends shakin' hands, sayin' "How do you do?"

They're really saying "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

Oh yeah

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Louis Armstrong's album What a Wonderful World featuring What a Wonderful World - ASIN: B000003N4G

Louis Armstrong

Influential jazz singer

(4 August 1901 - July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Sachimo and Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer.

Coming to prominence in the 1920's as an innovative cornet and trumpet virtuoso, Armstrong was a foundational influence on jazz, shifting the music's focus from collective improvisation to solo performers.

With his distinctive gravelly voice, Armstrong was an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also greatly skilled at scat singing, or wordless vocalizing.

Renowned for his charismatic stage presence, Armstrong's influence extended well beyond jazz, and by the end of his career in the '60s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general.

Louis Armstrong's Music - A Jazz Legend

Perhaps the most important American musician of the 20th century.

Playings of 'What a Wonderful World'

"What a Wonderful World" was used ironically in 1978 radio broadcast of the last episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (first series). The song replaced the usual end credits as the two main characters, stranded on pre-history Earth, lament its destruction witnessed in the first episode. The song was later used for the closing titles of the corresponding television episode, and in the first teaser for the Hitchhiker's film, lasting only one stanza before the Earth explodes.

In 1987 a part of the song was included in the soundtrack for the film Good Morning, Vietnam. In the film, the song plays over a montage of bombings and other violence (similar to the use of the song "We'll Meet Again" in the film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb). This use of the song in an ironic way has since become something of a cliché in film and television.

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    • asereht1970 profile image

      asereht1970 3 years ago

      I love the song, so inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

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      bjj james 4 years ago

      One of a kind

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      Senditondown 5 years ago from US

      A very sweet and peaceful song.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image

      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      This song holds a special place in my heart.

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      poutine 8 years ago

      One of my favorite songs of all time.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is absolutely my most favorite song sung by Louis Armstrong. Great work here!

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Darn! I wanted to do a lens on this. This has to be in my top 10 favorite songs of all time, at least Louis Armstrongs version. Good pick!