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Thread #24361   Message #1090165
Posted By: Cruiser
10-Jan-04 - 06:52 PM
Thread Name: Songs of hope and optimism
Subject: ADDPOP: Don't Let The Good Life Pass You By
'Don't Let The Good Life Pass You By' - Mama Cass Elliot MCA Records

This song is one that always cheers me up on a Blue day. Heck, even the CDs title 'Mama's Big Ones' brings a smile.

I had almost forgotten this song till I heard Clay Hart sing it recently on a rerun of the Lawrence Welk Show.

My favorite line (other than the one 'bout holdin' a woman) is:

"Did you ever see the funny side of losin'?"


DON'T LET THE GOOD LIFE PASS YOU BY
(Sharon Leigh Rucker)

Did you ever lie and listen to the rainfall?
Did you ever own a homemade apple pie?
Did you ever watch a child while he was prayin'?
Just don't let the good life pass you by.

Did you ever hold a hand to stop its tremblin'?
Did you ever watch the sun desert the sky?
Did you ever hold a woman while she's sleepin'?
Friend don't let the good life pass you by

Man was made for lovin', not for buyin'
Gold can't give the things we really need.
Just look my friend, there's happiness in livin'
Somewhere between broke and being free.

Did you ever see the funny side of losin'?
Did you ever sit right down and have a cry?
Did you ever take the time to help a neighbor?
Just don't let the good life pass you by.

Well, man was made for lovin', not for buyin'
Gold can't give the things we really need.
Just look, my friend, there's happiness in livin'
Somewhere between broke and being free.

Did you ever see the funny side of losin'?
Did you ever sit right down and have a cry?
Did you ever take the time to help a neighbor?
Just don't let the good life pass you by.
Friend don't let the good life pass you by.

The following is from Joel Whitburn's 1998 book: "Bubbling Under Singles & Charts"

Bubbling Under the Hot 100: Peaked @ #110 in 1970.
Adult Comtemporary: #34.

Ferlin Husky also recorded this song, but it did not chart.

I also like 'The Good Times Are Coming' mentioned above by Big Jim. It is also on the 'Mama's Big Ones' CD.

Peaked @ #104 in 1970        Adult Contemporary: #19