Don’t know much about: Sam Cooke’s Wonderful World

A Self Evaluation

How close to the reality of our daily lives did Sam Cooke’s song, Wonderful World, come?

At The Afterclap, we consider it common to desire someone to love and be loved in return. But what about the rest of the song.

While the song Wonderful World was primarily composed by Lou Adler and Herb Alpert, Cooke revised the lyrics to include more education references. And when looking at the first two verses, ask yourself:

How much of those subjects did you learn during your birth through high school graduation years?

And how much have you forgotten?

Verse 1:

Don’t know much about history
Don’t know much biology
Don’t know much about a science book
Don’t know much about the French I took

Verse 2:

Don’t know much about geography
Don’t know much trigonometry
Don’t know much about algebra
Don’t know what a slide rule is for

While not everyone took French, a foreign language, or used a slide rule: how much do you still remember if you did?

Because we are amid a pandemic, we have been asking ourselves these self-evaluative questions at The Afterclap. And not for the first time. In part because we are all about education. And as a result, we have been busy studying and translating the measurements of Science knowledge. And from the published data, our consensus so far:

As a nation, not enough of us learned or remembered what was in our science books.

Watch and listen to the song:

Sam Cooke – What A Wonderful World (Official Lyric Video)

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Sam Cooke – Wikipedia (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964) › wiki › Sam_Cooke

Song: Wonderful World

Artist: Sam Cooke

Writers: Lou Adler, Herb Alpert, Sam Cooke

Release Date: April 14, 1960, by Keen Records

Lyrics: Sam Cooke

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