for the 1971 made for TV movie
|"Brian/Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life"|
|Single by Monty Python|
|from the album Monty Python's Life of Brian|
|Released||16 November 1979|
|Monty Python singles chronology|
"Brian Song" is the title song from the 1979 film Monty Python's Life of Brian. It was released as a single in the UK on 16 November 1979 as a Double A side with "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life". The song, which charts the growth of the Brian character to manhood, was composed by Andre Jacquemin and Dave Howman with lyrics by Michael Palin. It was performed by sixteen-year-old Sonia Jones with a string and brass accompaniment in the style of a John Barry film theme (the entire brass section was performed via extensive multitracking by John Du Prez). It is included on the Monty Python's Life of Brian album and on the CD Monty Python Sings. Martin Chilton, the Culture Editor for The Telegraph website, listed it as one of the five best Monty Python songs in 2013.
In 2009, Jones re-recorded the song for the opening credits of the six-part documentary series Monty Python: Almost the Truth (Lawyers Cut), with altered lyrics referring to "Python" rather than "Brian". Five different versions were used for the first five episodes, with Jones sounding increasingly fed up with performing the song. On the sixth and final episode she was replaced by Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson.
- Monty Python Reunion - Five Best Monty Python Songs at The Telegraph. Retrieved 15 June 2014
- Sonia Jones.com. Retrieved 20 July 2013
- Monty Python Sings - Monty Python : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic
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