It's very pure and optimistic: 'When I wake up in the morning and the sunlight hurts my eyes / And something without warning bears heavy on my mind / Then I look at you / And I know the world's all right with me / Just one look at you / And I know it's gonna be, a lovely day.' It starts with this killer syncopated bassline which everybody knows, but the funky rhythm track is softened by the strings. It's a standard verse-chorus-verse- chorus structure, only the chorus has this amazing bit where he holds the word 'da- a-y' for 16 bars. You can't help but sing along.
The only problem is the song's too short - I would never dare to remix it, unlike Ben Liebrand, who made it into a horrible pop-funk record. It's already perfect. It's in my will to be played at my funeral too.'
'Lovely Day' is on the 'Greatest Hits of Bill Withers'
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