Wonderful Life

Written by Colin Vearncombe and originally recorded and released under his band name 'Black', the 1986 recording of Wonderful Life went on to sell millions of records worldwide. Since then, the song has been covered and re-charted by a succession of artists from across the globe in a wide variety of genres and styles.


Wonderful Life has featured extensively in successful commercials in Europe, Japan, Australia and South Africa and in several feature films and TV shows.

This site is an official celebration of the song and everything surrounding it.

The original video for Wonderful Life was directed by Gerard de Thame for the London-based commercials and film production company, HLA won awards including a Golden Lion award at the New York Film Festival and a Diamond Award.

It was shot in and around Merseyside, UK during the early summer of 1987.

Wonderful Stories

The song holds a special meaning to a lot of people. There's a growing collection of the personal stories on tumblr and here's a random selection (click/touch the graphic to see a different one).

Lyrics


Here I go out to sea again
The sunshine fills my hair
And dreams hang in the air
Gulls in the sky and in my blue eyes
You know it feels unfair
There’s magic everywhere
Look at me standing
Here on my own again
Up straight in the sunshine

No need to run and hide
It’s a wonderful, wonderful life
No need to laugh or cry
It’s a wonderful, wonderful life

The sun’s in your eyes
The heat is in your hair
They seem to hate you
Because you’re there
And I need a friend, oh I need a friend
To make me happy
Not stand there on my own
Look at me standing here on my own again
Up straight in the sunshine

No need to run and hide
It’s a wonderful, wonderful life
No need to laugh or cry
It’s a wonderful, wonderful life

I need a friend, oh I need a friend
To make me happy, not so alone
Look at me here, here on my own again
Up straight in the sunshine

No need to run and hide
It’s a wonderful, wonderful life
No need to laugh or cry
It’s a wonderful, wonderful life

© 1986 Colin Vearncombe. Published by Hornall Brothers Music

Wonderful Versions

Sep 5
Sep 5

Katie Melua

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Sep 3
Sep 3

Black on Top of the Pops (1987 – live vocal)

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Licensing

Over the years there have been many recorded versions of Wonderful Life. The 2002 re-recorded version by Black is available for film and commercial licensing.

For master licensing please visit here: Nero Schwarz.

For synchronisation licensing, please contact: Hornall Brothers Music

Wonderful Life Store