Song Lyric Sunday – Wonderful World

Jim Adams over at A Unique Title For Me picked School/Books/Learning as this week’s Song Lyric Sunday topic.

I picked this song (not to be confused with “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong) because of the simple and positive message –

“But I do know that one and one is two,
And if this one could be with you,
What a wonderful world this would be”

According to Wikipedia, the song was written by Lou Adler and Herb Alpert with Sam Cooke adding some extra lyrics on his version which was released in 1960. Herman’s Hermits put out a cover version four years later and it charted higher on Billboard’s Top 100 at 4, with Cooke hitting 12. Peter Noone (Herman) once said in an interview that they covered the song as a tribute to Cooke who passed away in 1964.

I am including both the Sam Cooke and Herman’s Hermits version as the former is the classic version and the latter is my personal favorite.

“Wonderful World”

Don’t know much about history
Don’t know much biology
Don’t know much about a science book
Don’t know much about the French I tookBut I do know that I love you
And I know that if you love me, too
What a wonderful world this would be

Don’t know much about geography
Don’t know much trigonometry
Don’t know much about algebra
Don’t know what a slide rule is for

But I do know one and one is two
And if this one could be with you
What a wonderful world this would be

Now, I don’t claim to be an A student
But I’m trying to be
For maybe by being an A student, baby
I can win your love for me

Don’t know much about history
Don’t know much biology
Don’t know much about a science book
Don’t know much about the French I took

But I do know that I love you
And I know that if you love me, too
What a wonderful world this would be

La ta ta ta ta ta ta (History)
Hmm-mm-mm (Biology)
La ta ta ta ta ta ta (Science book)
Hmm-mm-mm (French I took)

Yeah, but I do know that I love you
And I know that if you love me, too
What a wonderful world this would be

Writers: Herb Alpert, Lou Adler, Sam Cooke

Lyrics from AZ Lyrics
Facts from Wikipedia
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