when life is good

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The song, based on the instrumental music written by Charlie Chaplin for the film Modern Times (1936), is encouragement for all who feel as if the rug has been pulled from underneath their feet. The lyrics, by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons, were added later on in 1954. If there ever was a time for mankind to find strength from listening to beautiful music, it is now. The world is falling apart. Everyone faces some kind of trial or tribulation. Do you know of anyone who does NOT have a challenge or two on their plate?

This song makes me smile. Really. Although there are many versions of the standard, the one that hits a strong chord in my heart, is Bobby McFerrin’s genial rendition. If you have not listened to this in a while, take five, sit back, and let the words and melody wash over you like a gentle summer shower.

Enjoy this video of Bobby doing what he does best: making music.

Here are the lyrics so you can follow along:

Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through
for you

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you’ll just

Are you smiling now?