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The YouTube video below, and the song contained – Louis Armstrong performing It’s A Wonderful World – is the subject of the audio lesson that follows. Text is below the audio.

The Audio Lesson

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So, is it indeed a wonderful world?

Louis Armstrong’s classic song about an optimistic view of life is detailed in his song, It’s a Wonderful World.

I covered the first part of Armstrong’s song in a different post, so I will be covering the rest of his song here. You should listen to the song in the embedded YouTube video with this blog post at Learn Out Live.

“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.”

Skies of blue means blue skies. Clouds of white means white clouds. Armstrong chooses to add “blessed” to “bright day” and “sacred” to “dark knight,” even though we usually view what is dark as something bad. This is putting the best spin possible on things we see every day.

“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.”

This is saying that the faces of strangers are bright like the colors of the rainbow, friendly faces. This is saying that friends shake hands and greet each other on the sides of the street, saying “How do you do?” This is an old greeting in English. Armstrong views these normal greetings as expressions of love for one’s fellow human beings. That’s the message here.

“I hear babies crying, 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.

Armstrong ends with his theme repeated with a “Yes” for emphasis. What he says prior to that is, babies go from crying to becoming playing children, to loud teenagers, to adults. He views children as the future, people who will enter a world better than the one he knew, with more knowledge and more prosperity than the world he knew.

This is, once again, a highly optimistic view of life that was penned around 1950. It’s good to remember the context of a song.

If you think you understood the message of the song, listen to it again. The full lyrics are below this post, if you want to see them all in one place.

The Full 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 crying, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world.