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Written in the British music hall tradition, the song touches on stoicism and the " stiff upper lip " spirit in the face of adversity, so often associated with British people. It became immensely popular, reaching No. Whilst trying to come up with a way of ending the film Monty Python's Life of BrianEric Idle wrote an original version of the song on a Gibson J guitar using only jazz chords he learnt from a course by Mickey Baker.
However, Michael Palin noted in his diary for 16 June that during a script meeting, "Eric's two songs—'Otto' and the 'Look on the Bright Side' crucifixion song—are rather coolly received before lunch. While practising during a break in filming, Idle found that it worked better if sung in a more cheeky manner by a character of his called "Mr Cheeky", which in turn was based on the film's cockney lighting crew.
This new version was used in the film and became one of Monty Python 's most famous compositions. The song appears at the end of the film. The film's lead character Brian Cohen played by Graham Chapman has been sentenced to death by crucifixion for his part in a kidnap plot. After a succession of apparent rescue opportunities all come to nothing, a character on a nearby cross played by Eric Idle attempts to cheer him up by singing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life".
As the song progresses, many of the other crucifixion victims in all, according to the script, though twenty-three crosses are actually seen on screen begin to dance in a very restricted way and join in with the song's whistled hook. An instrumental version plays over the second half of the credits.
Its appearance at the end of the film, when the central character seems certain to die, is Im So Worried - Monty Python - Monty Python Sings ironic.
The subtitle does not appear in the actual song, and is only used on the soundtrack album. The song was also released as a Double A side single with " Brian ", the film's opening theme performed by Sonia Jones.
The song touched a chord with the British trait of stoicism and the " stiff upper lip " in the face Im So Worried - Monty Python - Monty Python Sings disaster, and became immensely popular. When the destroyer HMS Sheffield was struck by an Exocet cruise missile on 4 May in the Falklands Warher crew sang it while waiting to be rescued from their sinking ship,  as did the crew of HMS Coventry with the line from the song "Worse things happen at sea, you know" being especially ironic.
When Chapman died on 4 Octoberthe five remaining Pythons, as well as Chapman's close friends and family, came together at his public memorial service to sing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" as part of Idle's eulogy. Ina Im So Worried - Monty Python - Monty Python Sings by Music Choice showed that it was the third most popular song Britons would like played at their funerals. When performing the song live in a solo sketch within special events, Idle re-wrote one verse of the song to fit the particular occasion.
Two such examples follow. Nine years later when the film was released on VHS, the song was reissued on 21 November in an edited form to remove profanity, with a full version of "Brian" on the B-side. Once again it failed to chart. The song became particularly popular in the early s. The film had retained a cult status in Im So Worried - Monty Python - Monty Python Sings intervening years. AroundBBC Radio 1 DJ Simon Mayowhose breakfast show had a track record of reviving old novelty songsbegan playing the original version on his show,  which led to Virgin reissuing the track as a single on 23 September The single reached the top ten in October and prompted a deliberately chaotic performance by Idle on Top of the Pops.
Despite some predictions, it did not manage to bring an end to Bryan Adams ' unprecedented run at the top of the UK Singles Chart with " Everything I Do I Do It for You ", instead peaking at number 3 and leading to a re-promotion for the compilation Monty Python Singswhich the song opens. However, the single did get to Number 1 in Ireland on 13 Octoberdespite Life of Brian having been banned in Ireland, and the soundtrack on Warners withdrawn when released after protests.
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Eric Idle recorded alternate lyrics for the radio version, with the swearing censored, and the comments about the end of the film replaced with references to the end of the recordand continued rants about Evening Rain - Vinicius Cantuária - Silva people.
This version was released on CD, cassette and Rainbow Bridge - New Grass Revival - Too Late To Turn Back Now via the compilation album Now 20 in November and as a b-side on a reissue of " Im So Worried - Monty Python - Monty Python Sings Song " where it is billed as " version" on 2 December For this radio version, the line "Life's Editions Of You - Roxy Music - Interpretation • 1975 Tour piece of shit" was altered to "Life's a piece of spit".
In recognition of Simon Mayo's contribution to making the record a hit, a special version was also created exclusively for him in which Idle addresses him by name. Mayo still uses this version when the song is played on Robot Soul - The Galactic Group - Modern Electronic Sound show.
On 14 July another version of the song was issued, this Im So Worried - Monty Python - Monty Python Sings as Im So Worried - Monty Python - Monty Python Sings 12" single where it was promoted as "The Unofficial England Football Anthem".
The track featured a new vocal from Eric Idle and some alternate lyrics about the World Cup. Inthe song was recorded by Art Garfunkel and included in the soundtrack of James L. Brooks ' film As Good as It Gets. Jack Nicholson sings the song fleetingly in the film itself with the minor addition of "your" in "brighter side of [your] life". The song has also been performed by Bruce Cockburn and released on his live CD.
German fun punk band Heiter bis Wolkig also made a version with changed lyrics called "Versuch's mal von der breiten Seite zu seh'n". The British duo Amateur Transplants made a parody version of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" as well, with lyrics in which only the name and the chorus of the original song are retained. Green Day did a short version of the song on their Revolution Radio tour in in Brisbane, Australia.
It is one of two Monty Python songs in the musical not taken from the original movie, along with the song " Finland "; other songs were either from Holy Grail or were new creations. The song was made popular as a football chant by Aston Villa F. Inthe song was played in the stadium after England beat rivals Germany at the Olympiastadion. The Summer Olympics closing ceremony in London featured a live performance of the song by Idle. English heavy metal band Iron Maiden play it over the PA system at the end of every concert.
A covered version of the song is featured in the upcoming game Just Dancehowever, it does not Keep Your Eye On Me - Various - Mod--The Early Years 112 Classic & Rare Tracks on the Wii version.
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