Good Morning Starshine

Sometimes, it’s just good to hear a song that rings with optimism.

That’s how I was feeling when trying to decide what song to share with you today. When searching the Internet for “songs about positivity,” I found a list that included many good songs, including “Good Morning Starshine” by the American pop singer Oliver (the professional name for William Oliver Swofford, 1945-2000).

The song, and its easy, sometimes gibberish lyrics, exudes such lightness, it is hard not to be swept up by the mood it conceives.

“Good mornin’, starshine
The Earth says, “Hello”
You twinkle above us
We twinkle below
Good mornin’, starshine
You lead us along
My love and me as we singing
Our early mornin’ singin’ song

Gliddy glub gloopy, nibby nabby noopy la, la, la, lo, lo
Sabba sibby sabba, nooby abba nabba, le, le, lo, lo
Tooby ooby walla, nooby abba naba
Early mornin’ singin’ song

Good mornin’, starshine
There’s love in your skies
Reflecting the sunlight
In my lover’s eyes
Good mornin’, starshine
So happy to be
My love and me as we singing
Our early mornin’ singin’ song

Gliddy glub gloopy, nibby nabby noopy la, la, la, lo, lo
Sabba sibby sabba, nooby abba nabba, le, le, lo, lo
Tooby ooby walla, nooby abba naba
Early mornin’ singin’ song

Can you hear me singin’ a song, lovin’ a song, singin’ a song
Lovin’ a song, laughin’ a song, singin’ a song
Sing a song, song a sing, song, song, song, sing
Sing, sing, sing song

Song, song, song sing, sing, sing, sing song
Sing, sing, song, sing a song
Yeah, you can sing, sing, sing song, sing a song
Sing, sing, song, sing a song
Sing”

(“Good Morning Starshine,” by Gerome Ragni, James Rado, Galt McDermot.
Unofficial lyrics courtesy of Lyrics.com.)

“Good Morning Starshine,” which appears on the 32-song soundtrack for the 1968 Broadway musical Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical (better known as simply Hair), was a massive hit for Oliver in 1969. Opening the soundtrack is “Aquarius,” a number I remember well from a performance of it in many years ago in my school gymnasium by a musical theatre group dressed as “Flower Power” era hippies.

Hearing the song tonight, I didn’t recall hearing the instrumental lead-in before, but then it has been a long time since I last heard it.

In 1979, Czech film director Milos Forman (1932-2018) made a film based on the musical. I haven’t seen it but will look for it as I grew up with a lot of the music from the original and would be interested in watching it.

As I ponder on optimism after listening to the song, I’m also thinking of the major announcements that have been made this week by world leaders at COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference. I have been following some of these speeches and have a feeling that leaders are finally taking the climate emergency as something real that must be addressed, and with urgency. In a world that has seen so much chaos and suffering in the last twenty months, I am cautiously hopeful, like that feeling that comes when waking in the morning with a rested and a positive mindset.

Now you know a little about why this is My Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the audio for the song from the Oliver YouTube topic channel:

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