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It's a Wonderful World

Rating:
3.6 / 5

Words & Music: Sid Tepper Roy C. Bennett

Young as a circus parade, it's a wonderful world
Pretty as pink lemonade, it's a wonderful world
Life is a carnival, live it for all your worth
You are the star of the greatest show on earth

This big wide world is a clown with his nose painted red
A rainbow colored balloon's dancing high overhead
It's everyone's oyster, step up get your pearl
It's a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful world

This big wide world is a clown with his nose painted red
A rainbow colored balloon's dancing high overhead
It's everyone's oyster, step up get your pearl
It's a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful world
It's a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful world

Recordingdate: 1964/03/02, first released on: Roustabout (album)

Musicians

Musicians who contributed to the first recording of It's a Wonderful World:

(guitar)
(guitar)
(guitar)
(guitar)
(bass)
(drums)
(drums)
(drums)
(piano)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(sax)

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dgirl wrote on November 24, 2009
Not a bad song from this usually bland songwriting team. Very filmsy but the arrangement and his great vocal make it work. The movie songs were improving a bit in the late 60's.
Deano1 wrote on March 05, 2010
A very nice ballad from "Roustabout" delivered in style by Elvis. This song actually received Oscar buzz for best soundtrack song, but did not make the final cut. This song could have been a single in 1964 and probably been a hit, but RCA chose not to release a single from this movie after the disappointing performance by the previous soundtrack single "Viva Las Vegas".
JerryNodak wrote on August 21, 2010
Nice, pleasant movie ballad. Good arrangement. Excellent vocal.
NONE000000 wrote on August 21, 2010
This is easily my second favorite "Wonderful World" song by Elvis! (I prefer the similarly titled song from "Live a Little, Love a Little")---But I like this track too. "Pleasant" is the right word for this song. Utterly inoffensive, just a little forgettable.
Elvis Rimes wrote on March 11, 2011
I really like this happy go lucky song, always been a favourite.
old shep wrote on March 11, 2011
The Roustabout album wasn't that bad at all, perhaps the last decent movie soundtrack from Elvis. A bubbly song from two song writers who have not always hit the right note.
Great Dane wrote on March 11, 2011
My favourite of this vinyl soundtrack album,not the CD version,that was messed up.
RobIreland wrote on March 11, 2011
Theres just something about the Roustabout movie and album that I really love. This song from the movie/ album is a very happy go lucky pleasant enough tune. Unusual that it is a song with a fast tempo but slow vocal delivery. Kind of jazzy in a way ! Nice summer tune.
GEORGE (GK) wrote on March 12, 2011
Without a doubt a fun song on a fun soundtrack.
Pieter wrote on August 25, 2012
Can you imagine Elvis singing this song in 1957? Hell no!
Steve V wrote on August 25, 2012
Pleasant but thats about it. He needed more than a pleasant tune in 1964. How about a challange to the Brit invasion? This wasnt it. This was the last decent soundtrack, well half-way decent anyway. No studio LP in 1964 was a huge mistake.
Gorse wrote on January 18, 2013
Not a groundbreaker in any sense of the word but just a very pleasant film tune that Elvis could sing without getting out of first gear. Served its purpose in the film and transfers satisfactorily to vinyl.
alanfalk wrote on August 15, 2013
3 star song, which means I really enjoy it, but seldom seek it out. Isn't it strange that this album went to number one on the hit list, while From Elvis in Memphis or Elvis Country didn't make it to top 10 !
GEORGE (GK) wrote on August 15, 2013
Why does every Elvis song, have to be a groundbreaking song ? Its a real nice song and sung perfectly by Elvis. That should be enough. Elvis did enough "Ground breaking songs" before and after this song. Just enjoy the music.
ElvisSacramento wrote on August 16, 2013
I've always liked this Elvis movie song immensely and Elvis' rendition of it was spectacular. I've never skipped it. It's from my fifth most favorite Elvis movie "Roustabout". It's great that the "Roustabout" soundtrack album went to #1 on the chart. I like every song from the movie.
atomic powered poste wrote on May 29, 2018
It's so uninspired, boring, generic, and the lyrics - oh my god the lyrics: "his big wide world is a clown with his nose painted red", i mean; really? No thanks.
bajo wrote on May 29, 2018
It's a soundtrack song! It's not an ELVIS song! It's a song Elvis sings in a Movie! And for that, I think this is one of the better ones! His voice rules, no matter what the song is! To me, that counts! So I still keep listening to this tiny little bit! Sometimes I think: What the heck with the song! Listen to ELVIS! And that's what I still do, regardless of whatever….
Cruiser621 wrote on July 09, 2018
Geez, finally a 5-star song. I've always liked this little ditty, compared to some of the crap that was included on this soundtrack album, "Roustabout". This was his last top ten album for a long time to come unfortunately.
JerryNodak wrote on February 20, 2020
Let's get a few things straight. I enjoyed the movie years 1960-1969. I saw all those movies during their initial theater run. Of course, I enjoyed some more than others. I bought all the soundtrack LPs. Like the movies, I enjoyed some more than others. Roustabout Is one of me faves. I just played the FTD version yesterday. I'm fine with a song or LP that isn't groundbreaking. There's enjoyment to be found everywhere. Song: 4 stars.
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