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Chris Buckley - Look On The Bright Side (Everything Is Going To be OK)

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Uploaded on Jan 11, 2012

As per the title, about being positive and optimistic in the face of life's trials and tribulations in the expectation that that things will work out. It is actually one of the very first songs I wrote when in my late teens, and fairly new to the guitar and creating these little ditties. It came under the tinkersong radar last February when I was running through some old songs, and I began working on the track in earnest in November and December, developing the song, which until had only been previously recorded to tape during an Airthrey Castle (Stirling) session - big echoey room and tape recorder. In the process the song was reinvigorated with some new musical ideas as part of the arrangement; I wanted a mantra-like ending, coming up with the 'Everything's gonna be OK' outro sequence. Now a 'proper' song, I'm pleased with how it has turned out, particularly with some of the harmony work.

Reading a Letts diary of the time, and it would appear things were going on that had me perturbed, 'A' Levels just done, with University in a far away land (Scotland) beckoning; a time of new adventures and big changes in friendships and life. The song was first performed in the Isle of Man - where I spend my summers - the venue being 'The Rydall Mount' (Douglas prom) where 'The Buck' was entertaining holidaymakers, and I as did in those days, got up to do a turn. 'Look On The Bright Side,' one a number of self-compositions that would feature in my repertoire for a few years which seemed to go down OK.

The idea of looking on the bright side, is a theme that frequently appears in my compositions, of which 'Stop The World' is the most recent. Musical therapy, a way of 'letting it all out' and dealing with or being positive about stuff. I'm sure more of these will emerge as we go along.

Like the recording, the video is a home-made effort. Part-shot in a local park, a little self-consciously, on a cold, December afternoon; then at home, with what was planned to be a chromokey background (added backgrounds to a 'studio' shoot - like weather forecasts on TV) - which didn't quite work out this time. My poor computer struggling a bit with the demands of video footage in a new camera format. Editing was a bit of a challenge too! I got there in the end...

Another one done and quite a few tinkersong works in progress to be getting on with.

Chris
8th January 2012

Lyrics:
Look On The Bright Side (Everything Is Going To be OK)

Ever had a day when you felt like crying
A day when nothing that you did was right
Upset your best friend in the morning
Lost your girlfriend in the night

Got to look on the bright side
Tomorrow's going to be OK
Tomorrow's going to be your day. Yeah

Ever had that sinking feeling
When you feel only inches tall
You think that everybody's staring at you
And your back's against the wall

Got to look on the bright side
Tomorrow's going to be OK
Tomorrow's going to be your day. Yeah

Ever had a day when you felt like crying
When all your dreams are wiped away
Something very important to you
Is out of reach so far away

Got to look on the bright side
Tomorrow's going to be OK
Tomorrow's going to be your day. Yeah

Everything's gonna be OK
Everything's gonna be OK
Everything's gonna be OK (repeat)

It's gonna be OK
It's gonna be OK

written & performed by Chris Buckley
© tinkersong 2012

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