"(What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love and Understanding" as written by and Nicholas Orain Lowe....
As I walk through
This wicked world
Searchin' for light in the darkness of insanity.
I ask myself
Is all hope lost?
Is there only pain and hatred, and misery?
And each time I feel like this inside,
There's one thing I want to know:
What's so funny 'bout peace love & understanding? Ohhhh
What's so funny 'bout peace love & understanding?
And as I walked on
Through troubled times
My spirit gets so downhearted sometimes
So where are the strong
And who are the trusted?
And where is the harmony?
Sweet harmony.
'Cause each time I feel it slippin' away, just makes me want to cry.
What's so funny 'bout peace love & understanding? Ohhhh
What's so funny 'bout peace love & understanding?
So where are the strong?
And who are the trusted?
And where is the harmony?
Sweet harmony.
'Cause each time I feel it slippin' away, just makes me want to cry.
What's so funny 'bout peace love & understanding? Ohhhh
What's so funny 'bout peace love & understanding? Ohhhh
What's so funny 'bout peace love & understanding?


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"Peace Love and Understanding" as written by Nicholas Orain Lowe

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song sums up exactly how I feel about the way the human race is... nothing saddens me more than the amount of hate and intolerance that still exists in the world... and, really, what is so funny about peace, love and understanding? why does it always have to be fighting and killing and hatred... why can't anything be sorted out without those things? the fighting, killing and hatred just spreads more of the same, so surely people should realise it's not the right way. what's so funny about peace, love and understanding?!
    Lennonforeveron May 01, 2006   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionWhat's So Funny about Peace, Love and Understanding?-i've always wanted to ask that Rock Question myself! When Elvis asks "So where are the strong/And who are the trusted/And where is the harmony?/Sweet Harmony?"-Mr. Costello is asking-"How and when are we gonna make things better in the world?"-Through rock
    rabbitbunnyon July 09, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGreat song -- very nice to see Elvis sing it when he was hosting Letterman. He'd just had a new album come out but played this as a statement instead. Love him!!
    amyshon February 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat a great song? Maybe George W. Bush should read this? Oh wait, he can't read.
    Giackson July 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about the end of the hippie era, when people were getting together and caring for each other and a much better and more humane world seemed to be at fingers reach, until it all got marketed as just another product and the "fashion" passed, making the old "peace and love" motto sound dated and subject to jokes by most people. But it's interesting the way Elvis does it, as compared to the original Brinsley Schwartz version in '74. While the original sounded almost like Nick Lowe and band were mourning at the "better world"'s funeral, Elvis is downright mad at those who "murdered" it. One of the most moving songs of all time without a doubt, thanks Nick Lowe for writing it and Elvis for the great version and keeping it alive.
    Tiger Kingon October 17, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYes, this song was written by Nick Lowe, but many more people associate it with Elvis. I was studying James Joyce's Ulysses and made a presentation on one of the episodes (Cyclops, in which Bloom goes into a pub and "Citizen" starts to berate him and chases him out into the street) - before we started our discussion, I played this song as I thought it fit so perfectly. I don't know about Nick, but I bet that Elvis is very familiar with Joyce.
    drgjeltenon April 17, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPretty straightforward. Pretty timely.
    I love the honesty and vulnerability of this song - it's so anti-macho that it's kinda badass, in that Morrissey "it takes strength to be gentle and kind" way.
    Chinupon December 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentChinup - I sorta see where your coming from, yet I can't see your link to Morrissey in the 'badass' sense!
    butterflykiss84on December 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFeel good song by a feel good artist.
    my personal favorite Costello song.
    Gangon September 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentChris Cornell played an awesome live acoustic version of this song... Download it !
    QuebecGuy777on August 04, 2010   Link

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