Jim assigned us "Alluring, Beautiful, Charming, Graceful, and Seductive" as the prompts for today, and I came up with a couple of "beautiful" songs that I thought everyone else would. In looking at what everyone else posted, though, I wasn’t even close. Good job, everyone!
Anyway, my song is The Rascals’ "A Beautiful Morning." Written by Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati, it was released in 1968 and is the first song they released as The Rascals (up to then, they were The Young Rascals). As Wikipedia will tell you, "The song continued the theme of carefree optimism that had distinguished the previous year’s "Groovin’." Maybe not exactly what Jimbo had in mind for today, but God knows we could sure use plenty of carefree optimism.
Way back in the ’90’s (geez, thirty years ago), Fox 97 here in Atlanta held its second, and I think last, Ultimate Oldies Concert, and one of the people on the bill was Felix Cavaliere. When he was announced, the band started to play "Good Lovin’," The Young Rascals’ first hit. He stopped them and said, "No, I want to do this one," and played this. Not the kind of song one generally plays first, but I’m glad he did.
The lyrics, from AZLyrics:
I think I’ll go outside for a while
And just smile
Just take in some clean fresh air, boy
No sense in staying inside
If the weather’s fine and you’ve got the time
It’s your chance to wake up and plan another brand new day
It’s a beautiful morning, ah
Each bird keeps singing his own song
I’ve got to be on my way now
No fun just hanging around
I got to cover ground
You couldn’t keep me down
It just ain’t no good if the sun shines
When you’re still inside
Still inside, shouldn’t hide
There will be children with robins and flowers
Sunshine caresses each new waking hour
Seems to me that people keep seeing more and more each day
Gotta say, lead the way
It’s okay, brand new day
Gotta say, it’s okay
Brand new day, gotta say, lead the way
And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for August 1, 2021.