Windows Of The World

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The windows of the world are covered with rain,
Where is the sunshine we once knew?
Ev'rybody knows when little children play
They need a sunny day to grow straight and tall.
Let the sun shine through.

The windows of the world are covered with rain,
When will those black skies turn to blue?
Ev'rybody knows when boys grow into men
They start to wonder when their country will call.
Let the sun shine through.

The windows of the world are covered with rain,
What is the whole world coming to?
Ev'rybody knows when men can not be friends
Their quarrel often ends where some have to die.
Let the sun shine through.

The windows of the world are covered with rain,
There must be something we can do.
Ev'rybody knows whenever rain appears
It's really angel tears.
How long must they cry?
Let the sun shine through.

Windows Of The World (Live 1988)
Written byBurt Bacharach & Hal David
Performed byElvis Costello & Chrissie Hynde
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Chrissie Hynde - vocal, guitar
RecordedFebruary 20, 1988, Royal Albert Hall, London, England
Released2006
VideosOne Night Only: The AIMS Gala DVD, 2006
BootlegsBootleg: Extra Honey - The Video Rarities

First known performance:
February 20, 1988, London, England
Last known performance:
July 29, 1997, New York, NY
     (2 known performances)


Alternate versions

Windows Of The World (Live 1997)
Performed byRon Sexsmith with Elvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals
Ron Sexsmith - vocals
Ron Sexsmith's Band
RecordedJuly 29, 1997, New York, NY, Sessions At West 54th
ReleasedBroadcast on PBS TV, but unreleased

One Night Only: The AIMS GalaOne Night Only The AIMS Gala DVD cover.jpg


Recordings by other artists

 Artist  Year  Release  Links
 Stan Getz  1966 What The World Needs Now Discogs
Burt Bacharach  1967 Reach Out AmazonDiscogs
Dionne Warwick  1967 The Windows Of The World Discogs
 Norman Luboff Choir  1969 Windows Of The World Discogs
 Isaac Hayes  1973 Live At The Sahara Tahoe AmazonDiscogs
The Pretenders  1988 "1969" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Discogs
 Isaac Hayes  2005 Live At Montreux AmazonDiscogs
 Bobbie Gentry  2007 The Best Of The Capitol Years AmazonDiscogs


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