Bluebird of Happiness

Aug 31, 2023 | Fine Art, Birds

The Blue Bird of Happiness

At a loss for what to say about this little watercolor blue bird, I thought this very old and famous song might be the just right .

Bluebird of Happiness (song) from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

“Bluebird of Happiness” is a song composed in 1934 by Sandor Harmati, with words by Edward Heyman and additional lyrics by Harry Parr-Davies.

Harmati wrote the song for his friend, the tenor Jan Peerce, the leading singer at Radio City Music Hall. Peerce recorded it three times: in 1936, under the name Paul Robinson, with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra conducted by Ernö Rapée;[1] on 7 June 1945, under his own name, with the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sylvan Levin; and in 1958 (the Las Vegas version) with Joe Reisman and his Orchestra. Each version included slight variations in the spoken-word recitative, which was accompanied by Boldi’s “Chanson Bohemienne”, rather than Harmati’s music.

The 1945 recording became a worldwide hit for Peerce, outselling all his many operatic recordings, and becoming second only to Enrico Caruso’s recording of George M. Cohan’s “Over There” among the best-selling records made by opera and concert singers.[2] The 1958 version was the one Peerce used in later live performances.

There was also a popular 1948 record by Art Mooney and his Orchestra with Bud Brees and The Galli Sisters. Other singers have covered the song, such as Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae in 1948 and then George Stewart and 10-year-old Laurie Maitland in 1985 without the spoken-word poetic recitation in the middle when it was replaced with the instrumental interlude in a modern Christian inspirational pop/easy listening/adult contemporary style, rather than opera/classical style that was missed out on the pop charts when it was ruined by a sexually suggestive song, “Like A Virgin” by Madonna Cicconne, better known as her stage name, Madonna, but it remains Jan Peerce’s signature tune and is firmly associated with him.

Lyrics

So be like I, hold your head up high
Till you find a bluebird of happiness
You will find greater peace of mind
Knowing there’s a bluebird of happiness
And when he sings to you
Though you’re deep in blue
You will see a ray of light creep through
And so remember this, life is no abyss
Somewhere there’s a bluebird of happiness

For life is sweet, tender and complete
When you find the bluebird of happiness
You will find perfect peace of mind
Knowing there’s a bluebird of happiness
Two hearts that beat as one
Beneath a new found sun

We are in a world that’s just begun
And you must sing his song, as you go along
When you find the bluebird of happiness

And when he sings to you
Though you’re deep in blue
You will see a ray of light creep through
And so remember this, life is no abyss
Somewhere there’s a bluebird of happiness

I know when ever I have my camera and run into these little birds I always smile.

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