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Origins: You Are My Sunshine

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HOW FAR IS HEAVEN
NEW MOON OVER MY SHOULDER
SHACKLES AND CHAINS
YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE


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Subject: Origins: you are my sunshine
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 03:22 PM

hi folks,


anybody know who wrote the original 'you are my sunshine'
i know John Hurt pinched it from someone else

cheers


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Subject: RE: Origins: you are my sunshine
From: Willa
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 03:30 PM

Try this site http://www.niehs.nih.gov/kids/lyrics/sunshine.htm


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Subject: RE: Origins: you are my sunshine
From: Willa
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 03:34 PM

Or this http://www.ziplo.com/Sunshine.html


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Subject: RE: Origins: you are my sunshine
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 03:55 PM

Ho hum!

Written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell, cpopright 1940.

Use the Mudcat first
Thread 37133: Sunshine
Thread 7852: Sunshine chords
Song in the DT


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Subject: RE: Origins: you are my sunshine
From: mack/misophist
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 07:57 PM

Note: I was a little boy living as a military dependent in Japan when this song was new. At the time, it seemed as if every young woman in Japan spent all her spare time singing it. There was one time on the Ginza when a group of at least 50 to 100 were all singing it together.


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Subject: RE: Origins: you are my sunshine
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 16 Jan 07 - 12:47 AM

Some great information can be found in:

You are my Sunshine
You are my Sunshine

Mack, you said exactly the same in the earlier thread above.


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Subject: Lyr Add: You are my sunshine
From: beardedbruce
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 07:35 AM

OK, I was driving along in the dark, a chill rain coming down, and this song came to mind. I went online when I got to work, and found THIS set of lyrics. NOT exactly what I had heard before.

When did the additional lines about Louisiana get chopped off?

Anyone ever heard this version?



^^
Written by former Louisiana State Governor Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell; Copyright 1940 and 1977 by Peer International Corporation. This song is one of two official songs for the State of Louisiana.

You Are My Sunshine

My only sunshine.
You make me happy
When skies are grey.
You'll never know, dear,
How much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away

The other nite, dear,
As I lay sleeping
I dreamed I held you in my arms.
When I awoke, dear,
I was mistaken
And I hung my head and cried.

You are my sunshine,
My only sunshine.
You make me happy
When skies are grey.
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
To love another
You'll regret it all some day;

You are my sunshine,
My only sunshine.
You make me happy
When skies are grey.
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 my dreams;

You are my sunshine,
My only sunshine.
You make me happy
When skies are grey.
You'll never know, dear,
How much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away.

Louisiana my Louisiana
the place where I was borne.
White fields of cotton
-- green fields clover,
the best fishing
and long tall corn;

You are my sunshine,
My only sunshine.
You make me happy
When skies are grey.
You'll never know, dear,
How much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away.

Crawfish gumbo and jambalaya
the biggest shrimp and sugar cane,
the finest oysters
and sweet strawberries
from Toledo Bend to New Orleans;

You are my sunshine,
My only sunshine.
You make me happy
When skies are grey.
You'll never know, dear,
How much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: You are my sunshine
From: beardedbruce
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 07:38 AM

btw, HERE is what I am used to:

Ray Charles Lyrics - You Are My Sunshine Lyrics

The other night
As I lay sleeping
Whoah, I dreamed I held you
Held you in my arms
Well, but when I woke up this morning
I found out I was mistaken
Do you know that I hung my
I hung my head and cried

Whoah you are my sunshine
(you are my sunshine)
Ohh, my only sunshine
(my only sunshine)
Well, little girl you make me happy sometimes
(you make me happy)
When my skies are grey
(when skies are grey)
Umm, you'll never never never know dear
(you'll never know, dear)
How much I love you
(how much I love you)
Whoa, and I don't want you to take
(don't take my sunshine)
My sunshine away
(shine away)

{instrumental interlude}

You told me once, dear,
That you really loved me
And no one else
could ever come between, yeah
But now you left me and you love another, yeah
And you have shattered, oh yeah
All of my dreams

Whoah you are my sunshine
(you are my sunshine)
Ohh, my only sunshine
(my only sunshine)
Ohh, you make me happy sometimes
(you make me happy)
When my skies are grey
(when skies are grey)
Whoa, you'll never never never know dear
(you'll never know, dear)
How much I love you
(how much I love you)
Whoa, and I don't want you to take
(don't take my sunshine)
Whoa, if you love me
(don't take my sunshine)
Umm-hmm, if you need me
(don't take my sunshine)
Uh-huh if you want me
(don't take my sunshine)
Waaaahh! Listen
(don't take my sunshine)
(don't take my sunshine)
I don't want you to take
(don't take my sunshine)
Waaaahh! Listen
(don't take my sunshine)
(don't take my sunshine)
I don't want you to take
(don't take my sunshine)
Whoah, my sunshine away
(shine away)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: You are my sunshine
From: beardedbruce
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 07:47 AM

On searching Mudcat, I get

Related threads:
Lyr Req: You are my sunshine Alternate Lyrics (5)
(origins) Origins: you are my sunshine (6)
(origins) Help: Did Jimmie Davis really write SUNSHINE? (25)
Chords Req: You Are My Sunshine (Jimmie Davis) (38)
Lyr Req: Someone To Care by Jimmie Davis (2)
Jimmie Davis (4)
Lyr Add: You Are My Sunshine--anti nuke versi (2)
OBIT: Governor Jimmie Davis. R.I.P. (17)
Gov. Jimmie Davis ('You Are My Sunshine') (3)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: You are my sunshine
From: Wesley S
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 08:09 AM

I familar with the first set of lyrics except when it gets to the part about Louisana. I suspect that part was added later. I could be wrong.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: You are my sunshine
From: catspaw49
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 08:46 AM

Me too Wes......So BB, what's with the "whoa-wahh" crap? Is that they way you learned it? Where? Whoa? Wah?

Spaw-Wah


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: You are my sunshine
From: beardedbruce
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 08:55 AM

Ray Charles Lyrics - I had heard the other, earlier versions, but this was the first one I got that was the lyrics I was used to. I have heard it sung mostly the repeat of the lines in the chorus ( although without the "whoa"s 8-{E )

It LOOKS like the verses about Louisiana were added in 1977- but I have never heard a version that included them. I looked over the earlier threads, but no mention of them.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: You are my sunshine
From: Jim Lad
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 09:35 AM

Didn't we recently have a "Hard Times" thread, similar to this one?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: You are my sunshine
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 09:41 AM

is it possible those extra lyrics were related to the song's use in a campaign for governor or is that just "Oh brother...." revisionism?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: You are my sunshine
From: beardedbruce
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 09:48 AM

Certainly possible.

The original (?) writer did become governor.

"This song is one of two official songs for the State of Louisiana."


Also, there are some variations on the more commonly known verses-

Norman Blake

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.

chorus:
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:

ch.

You told me once, dear, you really loved me
And no one else could come between.
But not you've left me and love another;
You have shattered all of my dreams:

ch.

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.

ch.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: You are my sunshine
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 17 Mar 07 - 01:04 AM

Limpit and I had our own version when she was but a babe in nappies (diapers)...

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy, when skies are pink.
You'll never know dear, how much I love you,
Even though there are some days you stink.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: You are my sunshine
From: leeneia
Date: 17 Mar 07 - 10:58 AM

I can tell you why this verse...

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...

went into the circular file. It's because it sounds like a threat, and people are sick of that kind of thing.

My newspaper had a long article recently about the good news that abuse of "intimate partners" is noticeably down. This is a long-term trend, the result of 30-40 years of society paying attention to this problem.

So that's some good news for Saturday, March 17th.


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Subject: RE: Origins: You Are My Sunshine
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Jun 11 - 04:18 AM

hey

I think it was the Rice Brothers who wrote the original.
It was pinched by loads of people!!!


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Subject: RE: Origins: You Are My Sunshine
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 07 Jun 17 - 05:06 PM

BBC radio4 Soul Music

A bit here about the song but then it is more about various life experiences
"...story of a devastating tornado that hit a town in Oklahoma in 2013 killing several schoolchildren, but how all the toddlers in a nearby daycare centre survived. The staff comforted them by singing You Are My Sunshine ..."
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08sndpp 


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Subject: RE: Origins: You Are My Sunshine
From: rich-joy
Date: 07 Jun 17 - 05:43 PM

...and there was I, believing that Oliver Hood, prior to 1933, was the most likely source of this song!!

e.g. just found this link :
https://sub-q.com/who-owns-you-are-my-sunshine/

cheers,
R-J


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