"I Can See Clearly Now" as written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff....
I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It's gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

I think I can make it now, the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I've been prayin' for
It's gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

Look all around, there's nothin' but blue skies
Look straight ahead, nothin' but blue skies

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It's gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.


Lyrics submitted by delial, edited by penlight

"I Can See Clearly Now" as written by Leon Huff Kenneth Gamble

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    General CommentWow, I believe the majority of songs ever created include some type of denotation of something either postitive or negative. Depression is a major branch of the ones who encompass pain. Although, the meaning is obvious, I think this song really goes a long way in expressing the spirit of picking one's self up. Everyone goes through trials and tribulations in their life. But it's important to remember that although tomorrow is never promised, if it comes, it's a whole new chance to live again.
    Nowandneveron May 08, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI'm trying to change the words for our Relay for Life event. Instead of the rain is gone I would like it to say cancer's gone and it's going to be a bright cancer free day!
    penlighton May 23, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHere's a case where everyone is reading too much into the lyrics. I heard a radio interview with Johnny Nash years ago: turns out he wrote this song while lying in a hospital bed recovering from successful cataract surgery.
    scuba210on April 02, 2015   Link
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    General CommentThis song has away of making me feel free and good no matter what. :)
    Chrissysongloveron November 28, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me, the song is saying that it's good to be aware of all of the bad things in the world, and the trials and tribulations that one might have to go through, but to not focus on them, and instead focus on the good aspects of life.

    "I can see clearly now, the rain is gone
    I can see all obstacles in my way"
    The "rain" here refers to troubles that he was personally going through, but even though he got through those personal troubles, there's still plenty of bad things going on in the world, obstacles for living a good life.

    "Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
    It's gonna be a bright sun-shiny day."
    However, even though there are obstacles in his way, he remembers that his personal troubles have faded and for him, he's going to be able to enjoy a sunny day.

    "I think I can make it now, the pain is gone
    All of the bad feelings have disappeared
    Here is that rainbow I've been prayin' for."
    All of these lines produce an image of pushing forward and breaking through the strife you might have in your life. Forward momentum, riding atop a cheerful rainbow with good vibes carrying oneself forward.

    "Look all around, there's nothin' but blue skies"
    This line, to me, is saying that even with the obstacles one might face, if you look around there's plenty of good to focus on as well.

    "Look straight ahead, nothin' but blue skies"
    Again, references to forward momentum, pushing through bad times and focusing on the good, on the "blue skies".
    vigorousjon November 25, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General CommentBeautiful and moving song. I know everyone says it's upbeat, but in my opinion the mood is ambivalent. This makes me think that the person has dealt with major hardship and/or sadness and is now trying to convince himself that it is all going to be better, but there is an undertone of doubt and sadness nonetheless.
    mbrachmanon May 20, 2014   Link
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    My OpinionSimply put, the rain and obstacles are created by the fearful mind. When the mind frees itself of its restrictions, suddenly it becomes in tune with life, and everything is laid out before you. "Look all around, nothing but blue sky" is you finally becoming in touch with God.

    Deep song.
    degree7on August 04, 2014   Link
  • -3
    General CommentOh man this song gets stuck in my head all the time. It's one of those things where you hate it, but at the same time it's fantastic lol
    warfishon May 19, 2008   Link

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