My latest Mike's Comment talks about this great song by Johnny Mercer, and focuses on the wonderful version by Susannah McCorkle.
Perhaps Susannah was able to nail it because she actually lived the spirit of the lyrics. The words portray someone who is at least temporarily depressed, trying to convince themselves that "Things never are as bad as they seem," and "Dream, and they might come true."
More than that, the lyrics imply putting on a happy face, to disguise turmoil underneath. Yet, the tone is anything but ironic. Rather, it really is hopeful.
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