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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