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Holding sunlight in your hand: a song about how to see the positive in this world

Updated on June 19, 2013
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What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

With so many negatives in this world, it is time to introduce a bit of sunshine! Here's a little country song about being positive.

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Verse 1

We can choose to give wilted grass some water,

Or to let it dry

Choose to make the best of time

Or let it go by

When that grass, turns brown and parched

And you can’t understand

Please remember that you hold

The water in your hand.

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Verse 2

If the roots of a tree, they come to rot

And refuse to grow

You can choose to cut it down

Or to let it go.

Dead branches fall to the ground

And you can’t understand

Please remember that you hold

The sunlight in your hand.

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Chorus 1

You may not know now how to reach

The great old Rio Grande,

You may not know how to quench your thirst

When you walk upon dry land

You may not see the things you hold

And you cannot understand,

But please remember that you hold

The sunlight in your hand.

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Verse 3

If a little child, now he can’t walk

His legs they cannot run,

There are things he still can do

To have plenty of fun,

He can still play with his little toys

He can still pretend,

Though he stumbles, he still holds

The sunlight in his hand.

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Verse 4

If a friend, he just won’t hear

Or give you back that hug

You can choose to dwell in that pout

Or to not give up

He behaves in little ways

That you just can’t stand,

But please remember that you hold

The sunlight in your hand.

How do you react when things happen that you do not understand?

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Verse 5

If a man now says harsh things

You cannot comprehend,

He now gives you so much grief

And just won’t understand,

He refuses now to see the point

Bothers you no end

Please remember that you hold

The sunlight in your hand.

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Chorus

You may not know now how to reach

The great old Rio Grande,

You may not know how to quench your thirst

When you walk upon dry land

You may not see the things you hold

And you cannot understand,

But please remember that you hold

The sunlight in your hand.

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Refrain

There are things in this great life

You’ll never understand

But please remember that you hold

The sunlight in your hand.

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