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  • Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life

    Sue Rogers posted on April 20, 2020 14:12

    YOU CAN PLAY ALONG USING THE (Am) SONGSHEET! On BUG night if Sue leads it, we'll use the (Dm) songsheet.

    "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" is a comedy song written by Monty Python member Eric Idle that was first featured in the 1979 film Monty Python's Life of Brian and has gone on to become a common singalong at public events such as football matches as well as funerals. Written in the British music hall tradition, the song touched a chord with the British trait of stoicism and the "stiff upper lip" in the face of disaster, and became immensely popular.

     When the destroyer HMS Sheffield was struck by an Exocet cruise missile on 4 May 1982 in the Falklands War, her crew sang it while waiting to be rescued from their sinking ship, as did the crew of HMS Coventry, with the line from the song "Worse things happen at sea, you know" being especially ironic.

    When Chapman died on 4 October 1989, the five remaining Pythons, as well as Chapman's close friends and family, came together at his public memorial service to sing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" as part of Idle's eulogy. In 2005, a survey by Music Choice showed that it was the third most popular song Britons would like played at their funerals. By 2014, it was the most popular. Idle performed the song live to a global audience at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony during the one-hour symphony of British Music segment.

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