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Ray Stevens performs "Everything is Beautiful"

Ray Stevens performs "Everything is Beautiful"

"Everything Is Beautiful" is a song written, composed, and performed by Ray Stevens. It has appeared on many of Stevens' albums, including one named after the song, and has become a pop standard and common in religious performances. The children heard singing the chorus of the song, using the hymn, "Jesus Loves the Little Children", are from the Oak Hill Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee. This group includes Stevens' two daughters. The song was responsible for two wins at the Grammy Awards of 1971: Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Ray Stevens and Grammy Award for Best Inspirational Performance for Jake Hess. Stevens' recording was the Number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in the summer of 1970. The song also spent three weeks atop the adult contemporary chart.Many country stations played the song, with it peaking at number 39 on Billboard's chart.Billboard ranked the record as the No. 12 song of 1970. The song includes anti-racist and pro-tolerance lyrics such as "We shouldn't care 'bout the length of his hair/Or the color of his skin."

This song was a major departure for Stevens, as "Everything Is Beautiful" is a more serious and spiritual tune, unlike some of his earlier ("Gitarzan" and "Ahab the Arab") and later ("The Streak") recordings, which were comedy/novelty songs.

 

Ray Stevens - Everything Is Beautiful lyrics

 

Jesus loves the little children

All the children of the world

Pretty yellow black and white

They are precious in his sight

Jesus loves the little children of the world

 

Everything is beautiful

In it's own way

Like a starry summer night

On a snow covered winter's day

 

And everybody's beautiful

In their own way

Under God's heaven

The world's gonna find a way

 

There is none so blind

As he who will not see

We must not close our minds

We must let our thoughts be free

 

For every hour that passes by

You know the world gets a little bit older

It's time to realize that people lies

In the eyes of the beholder

 

And everything is beautiful

In it's own way

Like a starry summer night

On a snow covered winter's day, ah sing it children

 

And everybody's beautiful

In their own way

Under God's heaven

The world's gonna find a way

 

We shouldn't care about the length of his hair

Of the color of his skin

Don't worry about what shows from without

But the love that lives within

 

We're gonna get old again now

Everything is gonna work out fine

Just take a little time to the calm good side my friend

And spittle in out in your mind

 

And everything is beautiful

In it's own way

Like a starry summer night

On a snow covered winter's day, ah sing it children

 

And everybody's beautiful

In their own way

Under God's heaven

The world's gonna find a way, one more time

 

Everything is beautiful

In it's own way

Like a starry summer night

On a snow covered winter's day


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