Pennies from Heaven

Acrylic on panel




12" x 12"


"Pennies from Heaven" has white clouds, coin shapes and swirling movements. It has a contemporary thin, white floater frame that brings the dimensions to 12 3/8" x 12 3/8" x 1 1/2" deep. The song was written in 1936 by Arthur Johnson and Johnny Burke. Bing Crosby sang it in the film of the same name. This song was one of the biggest hits of the 1930s, and reflects the history of that period. It starts with a reminiscence of when the best things were free (the Roaring Twenties), and ends with encouragement to not give up but to wait out the storm (the Great Depression) because good things will follow. (From An excerpt of the lyrics is below.

A long time ago, a million years BC
The best things in life were absolutely free
But no one appreciated a sky that was always blue
And no one congratulated a moon that was always new

So it was planned that they would vanish now and then
And you must pay before you get them back again
That's what storms were made for
And you shouldn't be afraid for

Every time it rains it rains
Pennies from heaven
Don't you know each cloud contains
Pennies from heaven



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