You Are My Sunshine

Sunshine is supposed to light up your day and the song ‘You Are My Sunshine’ is often thought to be an uplifting heartwarming song about love, but the lyrics are about abandonment and it is actually heartbreaking.  This guy totally loves this girl and he dreams about her and when he wakes up, he finds out that she is gone, which makes him cry.  He tells her how much he loves her and he wishes that she would say the same words to him.  He threatens her not to leave him, telling her that if she finds another, he will make her regret that.  She did tell him once that she loved him, but now she is gone and with another.  He still wants her, says that he will forgive her and take her back, because she means everything to him.

This may be the first stalker song ever recorded, as this guy can’t take a hint and he is never going to give up on this girl, no matter what she does.  There is a line between romance and stalking, but this guy does not see it.  He adores her too much and he doesn’t understand difference between being in love with someone and being obsessed with them because this line has become blurred for him with his passion for her.

The country singer George Jones once called ‘You Are My Sunshine’ the most perfect song ever written, and many others consider it to be the third best-known song ranking right after ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘White Christmas’.  The song was first recorded by the Pine Ridge Boys on August 22, 1939 and Paul Rice copyrighted it in 1937, however, the family of musician Oliver Hood, a music teacher and a master of the mandolin from LaGrange, Georgia, and also a colleague of Rice’s, have claimed that Hood actually wrote the song.  Oliver Hood wrote the words to this song on the back of a brown paper sack, which his children still possess, and he first performed the song at a VFW convention in LaGrange in 1933.  He sang it through a megaphone out of a hotel window, and he sang no less than twenty verses, most of which are lost.  In 1939 Rice sold the rights to the song to Charlie Mitchell and Jimmie Davis (a common practice in the music business of that era).  Jimmie Davis was a well-known country singer and politician.  He recorded ‘You Are My Sunshine’ in 1940, and the song propelled him to elected office in 1944 and again in 1960.  The 1940 version by Davis has been added to the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress on March 21, 2013, for long-term preservation.  He used it as his campaign theme, often singing it while riding a horse called Sunshine and it has been declared one of the state songs of Louisiana.

The other night dear, as I lay sleeping
I dreamed I held you in my arms
But when I awoke, dear, I was mistaken
So I hung my head and I cried
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You’ll never know dear, how much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away
I’ll always love you and make you happy
If you will only say the same
But if you leave me and love another
You’ll regret it all some day
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You’ll never know dear, how much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away
You told me once, dear, you really loved me
And no one else could come between
But now you’ve left me and love another
You have shattered all of my dreams
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You’ll never know dear, how much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away
In all my dreams, dear, you seem to leave me
When I awake my poor heart pains
So when you come back and make me happy
I’ll forgive you dear, I’ll take all the blame
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You’ll never know dear, how much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Saturday Mix – Mad About Metaphor, hosted by weejars aka Sarah and our metaphor this week is You Are My Sunshine.

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