April Showers

TITLE: April Showers
AUTHOR: music written by Louis Silvers and lyrics by B. G. De Sylva
CATEGORY: public domain, author known
KEYWORDS: Broadway, optimism
EARLIEST DATE: The 1921 Broadway musical Bombo, where it was performed by Al Jolson.

April_Showers.pdfApril Showers” is a popular song with music written by Louis Silvers and lyrics by B. G. De Sylva. First published in 1921, it is one of many popular songs whose lyrics use a “Bluebird of happiness” as a symbol of cheer. (“So keep on looking for a bluebird, and waiting for his song.”) The song was introduced in the 1921 Broadway musical Bombo, where it was performed by Al Jolson.

If you listen carefully to the second movement of “Winter” in Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”, that’s whence the melody was pinched. So many classical motifs have ended up in popular songs. (from Wikipedia)

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BONUS YOUTUBE VIDEO: Al Jolson (28 years after first popularizing the song)

April Showers

Life is not a highway strewn with flowers
Still it holds a goodly share of bliss
When the sun gives way to April showers
Here’s the point you should never miss

Though April showers may come your way
They bring the flowers that bloom in May
So if it’s raining, have no regrets
Because it isn’t raining rain,
you know it’s raining violets

And where you see clouds upon the hills
You soon will see crowds of daffodils
So keep on looking for a bluebird
And looking for a song
Whenever April showers come along.

Whenever April showers come along.

SOURCES:

  • Folk Song Index: A Comprehensive Guide to the Florence E. Brunnings Collection, Florence E. Brunnings, Garland Publishing, Inc., New York and London 1981—Amazon Books

NOTICE: I’m not the best guitar player or vocalist, but no one loves these songs more than I do. The tune and lyrics are in the public domain unless otherwise noted. The recording © copyright 2013 by Stephen Griffith and may be used by permission of the copyright holder. The variation of the song I’m posting is the version I perform and is not exactly replicating the sources cited, but is always in the same song family. If anyone has more details about this song, or believes I’ve stated something in error, please let me know. I’m also open to suggestions to improve the site. Thanks. sgg

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