Wonderful World

sung by Louis Armstrong

an American jazz musician and singer who is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  He recorded this song in 1967.  It was written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss.

Louis gives the following introduction to this song:

Some of you young folks (have) been saying to me, “Hey Pops.  What do you mean ‘what a wonderful world?’  How about all them wars all over the place?  You call them wonderful?  And how about hunger and pollution?  They ain’t so wonderful either.”  But how about listening to old Pops for a minute?  Seems to me it ain’t the world that’s so bad but what we’re doing to it, and all I’m saying is see what a wonderful world it would be if only we’d give it a chance.  Love, baby, love.  That’s the secret.  Yeah.  If lots more of us loved each other, we’d solve lots more problems, and then this world would be a gasser.  That’s why old Pops keeps saying:

Pops:  a name for an old man
ain’t:  aren’t (slang)
gasser:  something extraordinarily pleasing (old slang)


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 never know.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

Yes, I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.
Oh, yeah!


bloom – open, become flowers
blessed – special
sacred – special

© 2015 Ambien Malecot for vocabulary lesson only 

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