This song was used around 2005 for a Claritin commercial, but it was actually from 1972. For those people who cringe at commercials using songs out of context, or that artists “sold out” by letting the songs be used in commercials, this is a reverse benefit. I’d probably would not have known about this song, or at least not for many years later, if I had not seen that Claritin commercial. I still haven’t heard it anywhere but in that commercial and that has gone off the air for many years now.
Beautiful Sunday was written and performed by Daniel Boone and is a great example of a happy pick-up sort of song. You could even substitute “Sunday” for most other days of the week you like to make it for your pick-up song for that particular day. It works for all days except Saturday. I guess you’ll have to remained depressed that day or look for another song. 🙂
You can even change the line about taking a “walk” in the park to taking a “run” in the park as I do, being a runner. I love playing this song on Sunday morning runs if I go through the local park and take music with me.
I liked the song a lot from the moment I heard it and I got chords and notes for guitar. I have since added a ukulele version. The PDFs for them are below.
These tabs all fit on one page to avoid the inconvenience of page turns. However, the letter size tabs (8.5″ x 11″) may be too small for your eyes. If so, you can either enlarge to tabloid size (11″ x 17″) using an automatic enlarge feature on many photocopiers, or download the tabloid sized versions for printing. The tabloid size tabs can be inserted into a typical letter sized binder on the 11″ size, and folded almost in half to fit. You just open each tab to use it.
These tabs should be fairly easy to use. They are on single letter sized pages that fit nicely unlike tabs on web pages that are all over the place. Chord fingerings are included and the chords are right over where they should be for changes. I also have the notes for the tune written out so you can play them to sing the tune right. However, in this multi-media age, tabs should not be without an audio version to further help the user perform them correctly so below, I have the a video of the song as tabbed. I tabbed it pretty much the way it was originally recorded. I just chose a fan video with sites of the city of Sai Gon in Viet Nam because that’s where I was born. The images were from before the end of the Viet Nam War, after which time it got renamed to something crappy.
I hope what’s here is sufficient for you to learn the song and enjoy it.
By the way, how sad for Daniel Boone he has a more famous namesake in North America… but good to know he stuck to his name and did not change it.
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 6.9