Song Lyric Sunday 16th August

Today, August 16, 2020, Jim has given us a theme of Clear/Dark/Light.
I prepare my posts for SLS a day or so in advance, then add Jim’s postal link on Sundays before publishing it. I think I may have missed the boat with my choice, as Jim has suggested Clear/Dark/Light to describe colours whereas my interpretation is more general.

I’ve chosen I Can See Clearly Now by Jimmy Cliff which was used in the 1993 movie Cool Runnings, loosely based on the Jamaican Olympic Bobsleigh Team of 1988. It was John Candy’s last film release before his death in 1994.
I cried at the end when they carried their sled over the finishing line, though that was a true Hollywood ending!

The Crash:

In the film, the crash happens on the third run and is depicted to have been caused by a mechanical failure in the front left blade of the sled. As the driver steers, a nut and bolt on the control column work loose, eventually causing a loss of control as the bobsleigh comes out of a turn and subsequently crashes.

In reality, the crash happened in the fourth and final run, and it was deemed that driver inexperience, excess speed, and regressing the turn too high caused the sled to become unstable and top-heavy seconds prior to it toppling onto its left side. Real TV footage of the actual crash was used in the film but was heavily edited to fit in with the film’s version of the crash. Both the run and the high speed crash were disorienting: team member Nelson Chris Stokes “felt a bump” when they tipped but did not realize they had turned over until he started to smell his helmet (which was fiberglass) friction-burning on the ice, “which is something that stays with you for many years afterward.”

After the crash, the film depicted the Jamaicans carrying their sled on their shoulders to the finish to a slow-building standing ovation. In reality, they did not carry the sled but walked next to it. When the sled tipped, they were doing 80 miles per hour (130 km per hour), and their helmets scraped against the wall for 600 metres (2,000 ft) until they came to a stop.ย They also received somewhat sporadic applause, less than theย crescendo response in the movie, but the real bobsled driver Dudley Stokes cites the spectator applause as the reason the run turned from tragedy to triumph for him.

(Source WIKI)

“I Can See Clearly Now”
(written and originally sung by Johnny Nash)
(from “Cool Runnings” soundtrack)
Lyrics courtesy

I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day
It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day

Oh, yes I can make it now the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is that rainbow I’ve been praying for
It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day

(Ooh…) Look all around, there’s nothing but blue skies
Look straight ahead, there’s nothing but blue skies

I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Here is that rainbow I’ve been praying for
It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day
It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day
It’s going to be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day
Yeah, hey, it’s gonna be a bright (bright) bright (bright)
Sunshiny day

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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17 Responses to Song Lyric Sunday 16th August

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Great Choice Di, I liked the film too ๐Ÿ’œ

  2. Yes Di. I had this song on my mind for the whole week โ˜บ๏ธ Isnโ€™t it just a lovely song? ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ The movie was hilarious.

  3. Ian Kay says:

    I have an album of Johnny Nash with this song on. A great voice.

    Iโ€™m not familiar with Jimmy Cliffโ€™s version but Iโ€™m sure I have seen the film at least once.

  4. This is perfect Di and although I mentioned that that these prompt words are color related, you are not required to use them in that way.

  5. Lisa Coleman says:

    I loved that movie! It was so inspiring what they did and showing the video from the movie is refreshing. We had this on VHS back in the day! Love Love Love it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. ghostmmnc says:

    Great song I love to hear. The movie was a good one, too. Been awhile since I’ve seen it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Pingback: Ah, I can see clearly now | pensitivity101

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