“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” by Monty Python (1979)

8 09 2008

You and I have spent lots of time watching bits and pieces from Monty Python, laughing like crazy at the silliness of it all.  But I want you to know how much I adore these guys.  Just past the silliness is some of the best social satire and writing around.  Some yanks are turned off by the “Britishness” of it all, turning off their brains when they hear the accents, or just dismissing it as weird.  That’s a shame, really.

This song is from one of my favorite movies of all time, “Life of Brian.”  The movie skewers everything, especially organized religion (all religion, not just Christianity).  As a result, a lot of people tried to ban the movie in the U.S.  Can you imagine that?  People are still trying to ban things?  And I’m afraid it’s only getting worse in this country.

To some this kind of thing seems blasphemous, but I don’t know.  Somehow I suspect that Jesus himself thinks “Life of Brian” is hilarious.

This is from the very end of the movie.  Eric Idle, the Python singing the song, also wrote it.  And it’s wonderful.  Who else but Monty Python could answer the eternal question:  When you’re hanging up in the desert, facing a slow, painful, lonely death, what are you going to do?

Why, sing a pleasant little ditty, of course!

(Thanks to the fine folks in Monty Python [MontyPython] for creating their own YouTube channel to share their extensive work.  See?  I told you these guys are awesome!)

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24 11 2008
ceeinbc

Hello,
Came upon your Daily Kos cross-post re: Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings this morning & followed the link to your lovely blog. Apropos this particular post (above) thought you might be interested to know that Monty Python recently announced their own MP’s YouTube channel where they’ll be posting original, high quality video for their fans. PS you might also be interested in a short John Cleese interview whereby he describes his taste in music.

Cheers, Cee

24 11 2008
m4md

Hi Cee:
Yes, I heard that they were starting their own channel on YouTube. That will be nice to have good quality representation of their stuff. I figure maybe “The Lumberjack Song” or “Every Sperm Is Sacred” (hhmmm, maybe not) for my next Python post!

And I definitely want to see what John Cleese listens to….

10 09 2009
sandrar

Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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