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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life is a Monty Python song by Eric Idle that first appeared at the end of the 1979 Nazareth movie Brian and was released as a single in 1991. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life is the song used as the last song of the Nazareth movie Brian: Brian Cohen (played by Graham Chapman) was sentenced to death by crucifixion and after a series of obviously failed rescue attempts a crucified character beside him (played by Eric Idle) tries to cheer him up by singing this song.
As the song continues, the other crucified people begin to dance (only to a limited extent, considering their condition) and join the pipe motif. The song is also continued in the first part of the credits; an instrumental version appears in the second part. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life was conceived as a parody of the style of Disney songs (especially the reference to the song Make a whistle of Pinocchio).
When Chapman died in 1989, the remaining 5 Pythons and their closest friends and family sang the song at his private funeral. In 2005, a survey by Music Choice revealed that it was the third most popular song the British wanted to sing at their funeral. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life became especially popular in the 90s, when the movie had become iconic.
EMI released the track as a single in September 1991. The single (which also includes I Bet You They Won't Play Their Song on the Radio and I'm So Worried) also served as a promotional boost for the current Monty Python Sings collection. The single reached the top ten of the British charts in October, which led to Eric Idle's participation in Top of the Pops.
The song became even more popular, so much so that two of its covers entered the charts in 1995, which were written by Tenor Fly and the Coronation Street line-up. In the movie Something has changed a version of the song, played by Art Garfunkel, is part of the soundtrack and accompanies the credits.
In 2010 the song was recorded again by the young Italian singer-songwriter Elia Billoni (alias Dino Fumaretto) with the title Look at life. The song is also often used by the Iron Maiden at the end of their concerts. It was performed by Eric Idle himself during the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Melevin Udall (Jack Nicholson) plays it twice in the movie "Something Has Changed".