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Wonderful World

Rating:
4.1 / 5

Words & Music: Guy Fletcher Doug Flett

This is a wonderful day
It's as bright as a day's ever been
There is a big yellow sun looking down
On a wonderful scene

Up in the blue sky birds fly
And sing our cares away
And out of each throat each note
Greets a wonderful day

There is the sound of a symphony
Carried along on the breeze
Even the flowers are swaying in time
With the leaves on the trees

Heaven is found right here on the earth
It surrounds us in the wonderful things all around
In this wonderful wonderful
Wonderful wonderful world

This is a wonderful day
It's as bright as a day's ever been
There is a big yellow sun looking down
On a wonderful scene

Heaven is found right here on the earth
It surrounds us in the wonderful things all around
In this wonderful wonderful
Wonderful wonderful world
Wonderful world, this wonderful world
Wonderful world, this wonderful world
Wonderful world, this wonderful world

Recordingdate: 1968/03/07, first released on: Flaming Star (album)

Musicians

Musicians who contributed to the first recording of Wonderful World:

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

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Steve V wrote on March 14, 2010
I always liked this song, don't know why, really but I always did. Just a happy song I guess. I felt the later movie songs were so much better than the mid-60s.
Deano1 wrote on May 07, 2010
A song that really had hit potential had it been released as a single in 1968. This would have fit on the charts right along side Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World", Petula Clark's hits, etc. Elvis is in fine voice and fills this song with warmth. This one just makes you feel good.
NONE000000 wrote on May 22, 2010
This, perhaps oddly, is one of my all-time favorite Elvis songs. I love every song from this movie, but this track especially. I wonder if it was just that it sounded like more strings or fuller orchestration was used on this song (and "Almost in Love" and "Edge of Reality"....and "Charro" and "Almost" all from this great time period). Whatever the case, this is a great song--almost belongs in a Disney movie (in the best possible way...I just mean the imagery, with blue skies and singing birds and swaying flowers. It's a beautiful, wonderful song.)
GEORGE (GK) wrote on November 12, 2010
One of My Favorites. This song makes a rainy day, sunny. Such a great performance.
Monster wrote on November 12, 2010
Bizarrely of all of Elvis' movie songs this was the only one that was ever in the running for an Oscar nomination. Mind you as it was 1964 it was up against the musical highlight that was "Chim Chim Cher-ee" from Mary Poppins. When Dick Van Dyke beats you in a song contest you know it's time to get out of the movie soundtrack business and back to rock and roll! LOL! Apart from that I do like this song. It has a nice feel.
dgirl wrote on November 12, 2010
I love this one also. Such a major change from the mid 60's movie songs. This one had a comtemporary breezy feel to it. Not hit material but good stuff. Dont confuse this one with Its A Wonderful World from Roustabout!
old shep wrote on November 12, 2010
A very unusual song and recording, I like this one.
Gorse wrote on January 18, 2013
Yes much superior to the almost identically named song from Roustabout. Makes you feel good and the world a better place on each hearing, and must qualify as one of his best film tracks from the mid-latter 60's.
cookingfat wrote on June 22, 2013
A feel good song that breezes along.A fairly unusual arrangement for Elvis that is.
ElvisSacramento wrote on June 22, 2013
This is such a beautiful ballad and it definitely should be much better known than it actually is. I've never skipped it. It's from my sixth most favorite Elvis motion picture "Live A Little, Love A Little". I love all four songs from that movie.
Lou A wrote on June 23, 2013
Good song from a fun movie. Hopefully we'll see a soundtrack from this film on FTD.
sugartummy wrote on June 24, 2013
I just discovered whistling in the intro of the song. A very lovely song. Everything is okay when I hear this song.
TheMemphisFan wrote on March 29, 2014
It's no wonder that Elvis sang this particular song with such feeling... as it was the very first song recorded by Elvis after the birth of his daughter, Lisa Marie.
Elvis Rimes wrote on March 29, 2014
A real oddity but truly beautiful, I love it. A real feel good tune, this was a very happy time for Elvis both personally and in his career.
TheMemphisFan wrote on July 13, 2015
I'd like to see Sony Legacy issue a new CD aimed at parents and their children titled "Baby, Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming" with liner notes explaining writer Rory Bourke's original intentions of the title song, and the liner notes could also make mention about "Wonderful World" being the very first song Elvis recorded professionally after his daughter, Lisa Marie, was born. The feel-good tracks (mostly intended for the entertainment of children) could include the following 14 songs . . . 1- Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming, 2- Wonderful World, 3- Shout It Out, 4- Barefoot Ballad, 5- A Dog's Life, 6- Slicin' Sand, 7- Sand Castles, 8- Datin', 9- Your Time Hasn't Come Yet Baby, 10- Because Of Love, 11- Have A Happy, 12- Sing You Children, 13- I'll Be There, 14- There's A Brand New Day On The Horizon
JerryNodak wrote on January 08, 2020
I've loved this song from the moment I first heard it over the opening credits of 'Live A Little, Love A Little'. A happy, feel good song. 5 stars.
Milky White Way wrote on January 08, 2020
One of my all time favourites. I prefer the movie version when Elvis repeats the last phrase Wonderful World in the same high key. Just makes everything feel okay. I wish it was more known to the public. Maybe it will be used in a commercial one day! 5 stars
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