What a Wonderful World Meaning


“Some of you young folks been saying to me, ‘Hey Pops, what you mean what a wonderful world? How about all them wars all over the place? You call them wonderful? And how about hunger and pollution? They ain’t so wonderful either.’ But how about listening to old Pops for a minute. It seems to me it ain’t the world that’s so bad, but what we’re doing to it, and all I’m saying is see what a wonderful world it would be if only we’d give it a chance. Love, baby, love. That’s the secret. Yeah. If lots more of us loved each other, we’d solve lots more problems. And then this world would be better. That’s wha’ ol’ Pops keeps saying.”

– Louis Armstrong

Photograph of Louis Armstrong playing the trumpet. He is wearing a blue suit with a stylish tie and a white handkerchief in his pocket. Armstrong is captured in mid-performance, cheeks puffed out as he plays, with a joyful expression on his face against a plain yellow background.
Louis Armstrong, 1947

Louis Armstrong: What a Wonderful World Meaning sources:

“Louis Armstrong.” National Portrait Gallery. https://npg.si.edu/object/npg_NPG.94.43  / Quote: spoken intro to “What a Wonderful World” (1970 version) – Wikiquote


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