Or Is It?
The song What A Wonderful World was written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss in 1967. Louis Armstrong made it famous and his recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. You may remember in 1988, Armstrong’s recording was featured in the film Good Morning, Vietnam, in which a DJ played it on the radio in 1965 during the war—two years before it was recorded. The complete lyrics:
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. Saying, “How do you do?” They’re really saying, “I love you”.
I hear babies cry, 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.
Somehow reviewing this (one of my favorite recordings) and living in the current world of today, made me wonder, “Will it be a wonderful world of tomorrow?” (Remember, the United States is not the world.)
- Will we see trees of green and skies of blue?
- Will people be shaking hands and saying “I love you?”
- What will babies learn about the world as they grow up?
- Will we believe everything is interconnected to everything else?
- Will “Of the people, by the people and for the people” perish?
- What will be the bottom line of the rule “Do unto others…… ?