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Lyr Req/Add: Mary Sunshine? / Merry Sunshine

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Mary Sunshine / Merry Sunshine 2 [G. Ambrose] (Words and music are given in Zuchtmann, Frederick. New American Music Reader. New York: Macmillan, 1903, page 29:)
Merry Sunshine / Mary Sunshine [G. Ambrose]


GUEST,Kathleen 07 Jun 01 - 10:54 PM
Sorcha 07 Jun 01 - 11:38 PM
Pene Azul 07 Jun 01 - 11:54 PM
GUEST,Kathleen 08 Jun 01 - 01:14 PM
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Peace 19 Mar 08 - 10:49 PM
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Subject: Mary Sunshine
From: GUEST,Kathleen
Date: 07 Jun 01 - 10:54 PM

I am looking for information about a song my grandmother used to sing to me. It started "Good Morning Mary Sunshine how did you wake so soon...". I can't find the author or the word, or anything. Any info is appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mary Sunshine
From: Sorcha
Date: 07 Jun 01 - 11:38 PM

I'll be damned. I thought this one was going to be easy but all I can find on line is references, not the actual lyrics..........huh. Will keep looking,

Sorch, who is a Mary and had this sung to her.......


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mary Sunshine
From: Pene Azul
Date: 07 Jun 01 - 11:54 PM

I checked earlier and found a few lyrics on this page:

Good morning, Mary Sunshine.
How did you wake so soon?
You scared the little clouds away and shined away the moon

I guess it's worth posting. So I guess Mary's the sun or a sun metaphor.

Jeff


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mary Sunshine
From: GUEST,Kathleen
Date: 08 Jun 01 - 01:14 PM

Thanks for taking a look. Any info you find is appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mary Sunshine
From: GUEST,dp35570
Date: 19 Mar 08 - 10:41 PM

The song is about a little girl. The song starts out with her father singing to her, "Mary, it's time to get up," to which she replies, "I don't want to get up." He then sings,"Please, please Mary, won't you get up?" She responds, rather brattily, "No, no Daddy, I won't get up!" A little while later, she wakes up with the sun shining brightly in her face. She exclaims, "What a beautiful morning, and look! There's Mr. Sun!" She then begins a dialogue song with the sun, "Good morning merry sunshine, how did you wake so soon?" The sun, quips back, "I never go to sleep, dear child, I just go 'round to see, my little children everywhere, who rise and wait for me. I've wakened all the birds and bees, and flowers on my way, and last of all the little child who stayed up late to play." Then a chorus begins, repeating the words.
Funny I should find this post, as I was just thinking about this just the other day.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MERRY SUNSHINE
From: Peace
Date: 19 Mar 08 - 10:49 PM

PLEASE NOTE: The song title and maybe correct thread title accordingly.


MERRY SUNSHINE

Good morning, merry sunshine,
How did you wake so soon?
You've scared the little stars away,
And shined away the moon.

I saw you go to sleep last night
Before I stopped my playing.
How did you get way over there?
And where have you been staying?

I never go to sleep, dear one,
I just go round to see
My little children of the East
Who rise and watch for me.

I waken all the birds and bees,
And flowers on my way,
And now come back to see the child,
Who stayed out late to play.

from

www.earlyliterature.ecsd.net/earth_wonders.htm

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(MIDI from Leeneia)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mary Sunshine
From: Peace
Date: 19 Mar 08 - 10:51 PM

PS Is Kathleen still around the 'cat? If so, could someone please let her know we found the lyrics? Thanks, all.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mary Sunshine / Merry Sunshine
From: sunnyOR
Date: 01 May 08 - 03:29 PM

My mom would wake my sister and I with:

Good morning little miss sunshine,
and how are you today?
Did you frighten all the little stars,
and chase the moon away.

I am wondering if it is adapted from Merry Sunshine, or is there another? Would love to find out. Thankyou.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mary Sunshine / Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Jul 08 - 07:24 PM

I told a woman I met at an airport about Mary Sunshine and told her that I use to sing this to my children in the 50's and 60's. She said she was going to try to find out the rest of the lyrics.
I wonder if you are the person I met.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mary Sunshine / Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST,Becky
Date: 26 Jul 08 - 12:57 PM

My parents used to wake me up with:

Good Morning little sunshine,
How did you wake so soon?
You frightened all the stars away,
And shined away the moon.


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Subject: Lyr Add: GOOD MORNING, MERRY SUNSHINE (G Ambrose)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Jul 08 - 06:12 PM

Words and music are given in Zuchtmann, Frederick. New American Music Reader. New York: Macmillan, 1903, page 29:

GOOD MORNING, MERRY SUNSHINE.
(G. Ambrose)

Good morning, merry sunshine,
How did you wake so soon?
You've scared the little stars away,
And shined away the moon;
I saw you go to sleep last night
Before I ceased my play;
How did you get way over there,
And pray, where did you stay?

I never go to sleep, dear child,
I just go round to see,
My little children of the East,
Who rise and watch for me;
I waken all the birds and bees,
And flowers on my way,
And now come back to see the child,
Who stayed out late at play.

A text-only version is given in the Annual Report of the [New York] State Board of Charities for the Year 1894, Albany, 1895, page 272.

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(MIDI from Joe Offer)


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Subject: Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST,Imaginethat
Date: 24 Sep 08 - 09:59 AM

My mother-in-law sings these lyrics to my daughter:

Merry merry sunshine
shining in my room
You have chased the shadows and driven out the gloom.
Merry merry sunshine
when you're feeling down
smiling faces greet you
look upon the ground.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mary Sunshine / Merry Sunshine
From: JennieG
Date: 24 Sep 08 - 09:11 PM

I had this in a book of poems when I was young, but unfortunately I don't remember the name of the book. I've never heard it sung.

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mary Sunshine / Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST,PJ
Date: 28 Sep 08 - 09:05 PM

I have been searching for this poem for many years for my granddaughter. My daughter's kindergarten teacher in Steep Falls, Maine used taught it to her class, but we had forgotten some of the words.

Serendipity! Thank you!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mary Sunshine / Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST,Bob Paddock
Date: 03 Jan 09 - 11:08 AM

I suspect it was from this poem that my mother and older sister would cite to me when I finally got out of bed in the morning. They would say, "Good morning, merry sunshine, why do you rise so soon. You used to rise at 9 o'clock, and now you rise at noon.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mary Sunshine / Merry Sunshine
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Jan 09 - 01:17 PM

This old nursery rhyme taunts kids who come late to school:

A diller, a dollar, a ten o'clock scholar.
What makes you come so soon?
You used to come at ten o'clock
And now you come at noon.


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Subject: ADD: Mary Sunshine / Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Feb 09 - 09:11 AM

my mother and her twin used to sing this to me:

Mary Sunshine / Merry Sunshine

Good morning merry sunshine
How did you wake so soon?
You've scared away the little stars,
And shined away the moon.
I saw you go to sleep last night
Before I ceased my play
How did you get way over there?
And pray, where did you stay?

I never go to sleep dear child
I just go round to see
My little children of the East
Who rise and watch for me
I waken all the birds and bees
And flowers on my way
And now come back to see the child
That stayed out late to play.

    These lyrics appear to be identical to the documented lyrics posted by Jim Dixon above.
    -Joe Offer, Forum Moderator-


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Mary Sunshine / Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Sep 09 - 10:29 AM

My grandpa woke me up with the same poem. I'm trying to translate it into a tattoo.


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Mary Sunshine / Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 09:04 AM

My father used to sing us to sleep at night with "Little Buckeroo" and wake us up in the morning with "Mary Sunshine" inserting our names in the song instead of Mary Sunshine's. I'm pretty sure he made some of the lyrics up himself.
Good morning John and Jolynn
What makes you look so blue?
You scared the little stars away
And chased away the moon.


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Mary Sunshine / Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Nov 09 - 10:22 AM

As I heard it as a child, it was:

Good morning, Morning Glory
How did you wake so soon?
You scared away the stars
And chased away the moon.

That was during the early 80s.


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Mary Sunshine / Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST,Meghan
Date: 14 Nov 09 - 09:52 PM

I am actually looking for the same song, but a differnt version.... um it has something about a girl with a broom in it also.
if any one can think of it please post it, i just lost my great grandmother and i really want tto remember that song but i just cant


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Mary Sunshine / Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 10 Jan 10 - 08:40 AM

My grandfather, who was in the navy had yet another version of this. I'm trying to recall it.

Goodmorning merry sunshine,
What woke you up so soon?
You scared away the little stars and quite outshine the moon.

I saw you go to sleep last night..

(Thats as far as I got) The niggest difference I'm noting is the "Quite outshine the moon"


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Mary Sunshine / Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST,GUEST: BGK8S
Date: 23 Jan 10 - 09:18 AM

We sang the song which "Guest: Imagine That" quotes. I was in first grade in 1941 and the song "Merry Merry Sunshine" was in a green cloth-covered hardback book of songs (Schirmer?). I recall:

Merry merry sunshine
Smiling in our room,
You have chased the shadows
And driven out the gloom.

Merry merry sunshine
When you're shining down
Smiling faces greet you;
Who could look at you and frown?


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Mary Sunshine? / Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST,Anne
Date: 07 Apr 10 - 01:19 PM

My grandfather used to say this to me when i was younger...
Goodmorning my little sunshine, what woke you up so soon?
You used to wake at 12 o'clock but now you wake at noon.

Hmm?


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Mary Sunshine? / Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST,Marie's Daughter
Date: 26 Aug 10 - 09:44 AM

My mother used to say to me every morning when she would come into my room:

Good Morning Misses Sunshine
Why did you wake so soon
You woke up all the flowers
And chased away the moon.


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Mary Sunshine? / Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST,patti and melinda
Date: 08 Oct 10 - 11:08 AM

does anyone have a link to the song so we can hear it?


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Mary Sunshine? / Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Nov 10 - 07:51 PM

My mom sang us this version:

Good Morning Mary Sunshine,
How did you wake so soon,
You scared away the birdies and frightened away the moon.

I saw you go to sleep last night,
It wasn't very late,


And that's all I can remember. I'm starting to think when any parent/grandparent couldn't remember it they made up there own version. LOL!


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Mary Sunshine? / Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST,Dan
Date: 13 Dec 10 - 05:02 AM

My grandmother was the daughter of German emigrants. When I would stay with my grandparents at the Oregon coast, she would wake me with:
Good morning merry [Mary??] sunshine,
how are you this fine day?

All I can remember, and the second line is noticeably different from all the above. Perhaps she too had modified the song over time from its original lines. I do feel as seems to be discussed elsewhere that it originated with the Germans in some form or another. German author maybe?


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Mary Sunshine? / Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Mar 11 - 09:22 AM

my mom used to sing goon morning sherry sunshine
what made you rise so soon,
you took away the little stars
and scared away the moon.

I've seen that some have very close versions to this interesting. i wonder where it all originated. Or got muffled?


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Mary Sunshine? / Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 04 Mar 11 - 04:27 PM

I'll submit a MIDI. Surely a standard like this needs to be on the Internet.


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Mary Sunshine? / Merry Sunshine
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 12:56 AM

I posted Leeneia's MIDI, which sounds like the melody I've heard. I also transcribed and posted the melody from the link Jim Dixon posted above, and it's quite different and doesn't sound right to me. I double-checked my transcription and couldn't find any mistakes.
-Joe-


Click to play (leeneia)



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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Mary Sunshine? / Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Jul 11 - 12:55 AM

My nonny sang.... good morning mary sunshine, what made u rise so soon, you used to come at 9 oclock and now you rise at noon.   I miss her.... have no idea who sings it, but I am trying to find out, so I can play it at my weddning : ) miss her! hope this helps.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Mary Sunshine? / Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Sep 11 - 12:54 PM

My grandma always sang it to me as, "Good morning Sunshine, how are you today? Frightened all the stars away and scared away the moon."
I loved it.

But now I guess someone might get the wrong impression they're ugly or something. haha


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Mary Sunshine? / Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST,Cleo Heinrichs
Date: 23 May 12 - 11:25 AM

This is the version I learned in school in the 1940's:

Good Morning, Merry Sunshine,
How did you wake so soon?
You scared the stars away
And shined away the moon.
I saw you go to bed last night,
Before I said my prayers..............(that's all I remember)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Mary Sunshine? / Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST,Erika
Date: 27 Apr 16 - 11:48 AM

Good morning little sunshine, what made you wake so soon? You scared away the stars and frightened off the moon : )


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Mary Sunshine? / Merry Sunshine
From: GUEST,Guest.Rebecca
Date: 14 Dec 16 - 03:24 AM

Back in the sixties my mom sang to me:
"Good morning Mary sunshine what makes you wake so soon? You used to wake at 9 o'clock and now you wake at noon. " followed by" lazy Mary will you get up, will you get up will you get up? Lazy Mary will you get up, will you get up today?" To which I was to respond " No mother I shan't get up get up, etc." Very fond memories of that


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