SNL Transcripts: Richard Pryor: 12/13/75: Gil-Scott Heron performs “A Lovely Day”

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75g: Richard Pryor / Gil Scott-Heron

Gil-Scott Heron performs “A Lovely Day”

…..Gil-Scott Heron

[FADE to Gil-Scott Heron at the microphone as the band starts up behind him and a sax player hits a few notes to his left.]

Gil-Scott Heron: Now a song for you about bright days and sunshine.

“It’s on a bright spring morning,
There’s not a cloud in the sky,
And it’s got me out here walking,
And waving to the ladies as they stroll by.

And I ain’t forgot for a moment
The other things I need to do,
But when I see that old sun shinin’,
I feel like I can make it too.

And yes, and all I really want to say,
Is that the problems come and go,
But the sunshine seems to stay.

And just look around,
I think we found a lovely day.

[speaking] Bang.
The flowers woke up blooming,
And put on a color show just for me.
[speaking] And I appreciate it. Bang.

The shadows dark and gloomy,
I told them all to keep that away from me.

Because I don’t feel like believing
Everything I do’s gonna turn out wrong,
When the vibrations I’m receiving
Say, “Hold on, brother, just you be strong.”

And yes, and all I really want to say,
Is that my problems come and go,
But the sunshine seems to stay.

Just look around,
I think we found a lovely day.

And sometimes it rains,
[speaking] And you,
And I feel kind of strange,
Because it seems like my problems begin
Without the sunshine on which I depend.

And all that brings me feeling,
Yeah, some say,
Just look around,

[applause]

I think we found a lovely day.
I think we found a lovely day.

[PAN out and fade to black.]

Gil-Scott Heron: [over applause] Thank you.

Submitted by: Sean

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Author: Don Roy King

Don Roy King has directed fourteen seasons of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him ten Emmys and fourteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for fifteen DGA Awards and won in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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