Optimism

I searched for a long time and I was not able to find a song with the word ‘seeing’ in it, so I feel that Helen gave us the most difficult challenge so far for today.  Improvising I knew that I would have to go with see, or saw, or eyes.  I thought about going with the Grateful Dead song ‘Eyes Of The World’ and also about the Creedence Clearwater Revival song  ‘Long As I Can See The Light’, but I ended up doing this song by Jimmy Cliff which is titled ‘I Can See Clearly Now’.  This song was written, composed, and originally recorded by Jonny Nash and it was released in 1972.  Jimmy Cliff re-recorded the song in 1993 for the John Candy movie ‘Cool Runnings’, where it reached No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100.

This song always reminded me of ‘Amazing Grace’, that Christian hymn written by John Newton, but it is much more upbeat.  Rain, obstacles and dark clouds get in the way of our vision until the Sun comes out and then we can finally see what really is going on.  Everyone goes through trials and tribulations in their life and this man prays for an end of pain and bad feelings and he is rewarded with a rainbow of hope.  This song expresses the spirit that a person who is down on their luck can pick themselves up and get a new chance.  Everyone should remain optimistic and try to focus on the good aspects of life, because that helps to bring out the blue skies, so the road ahead will be bathed in bright sunshine.

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

I think I can make it now, the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin’ for
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

Look all around, there’s nothin’ but blue skies
Look straight…

Look all around, there’s nothin’ but blue skies
Look straight ahead, nothin’ but blue skies

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

Written for 3/24/18 Helen Vahdati’s This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time Song Lyric Sunday Theme where the prompt is “seeing”.

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