Take a 3-Minute Vacation to the Sunny Side of the Street

Take your pick: First we offer a beautiful blues song from Louis Armstrong (click here for the music video):

Grab your coat and get your hat
Leave your worries on the doorstep
Life can be so sweet
On the sunny side of the street.

And a finger-snapping Irish tune with the same title from the Pogues that just might get you up dancing:(click here for music video):

Been in a palace, been in a jail
I just don't want to be reborn a snail
Just want to spend eternity
Right where I am
On the sunny side of the street.

Comments (4)

  • I appreciate the idea of a 3 minute vacation, but why choose a song with such a bittersweet tone? I know music is up to interpreation, so maybe it's just me, but when I hear this song, all I hear is longing for a place he'll never reach.

    May 11, 2010
  • ... and all I hear is that there is always a sunny side of the street to choose for awhile... and that is what puts the other pieces of life in perspective...

    May 11, 2010
  • "On the Sunny Side of the Street" (1930) is a jazz standard, not a blues, despite the line, "I used to walk in the shade with my blues on parade." It began life in the Broadway musical Lew Leslie's International Revue with music composed by Jimmy McHugh and lyrics by Dorothy Fields. It's been recorded by nearly every jazz great. It was published the year after the crash of 1929, when crossing over to the sunny side of the street was a challenging mental proposition.

    May 12, 2010
  • You are absolutely right, and I should have known better. Thank you for taking the time to post the correction so that I could learn more about the song and music! Jan

    May 12, 2010

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