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Lyr Req: ' . . . Let the Merry Sunshine In . . '?

23 Jun 04 - 11:26 AM (#1212925)
Subject: Lyr Req: ' . . . Let the Merry Sunshine In . . '?
From: CapriUni

My father (1927 -- ) remembers a little snatch of song that my grandmother (1884 - 1977) would sing each morning:

"Open up the doors and windows,
And let the merrry sunshine in!"

One recent morning, my father was singing these lines as he was raising the window blinds, and confessed that he'd never heard his mother sing the rest of the song. He casually wondered where his mother might have heard it, and what the rest of the song might be -- if there was any more to it.

And I thought: I bet some Mudcatter would know!

Some more hints: My grandmother grew up in upstate New York, and moved to Philadelphia when she married in the early 20th century.

So -- Is this a little fragment of a complete song, or was my grandmother just being (to use her favorite term) jolly?


24 Jun 04 - 10:02 PM (#1213888)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: ' . . . Let the Merry Sunshine In . . '?
From: Jim Dixon

If you use Google and search for "Let the merry sunshine in" (in quotes) you'll get this. There are a couple of references to a song with that title, but that's all. The writers are both writing about children, and they both have a religious orientation. That's not much to go on, I know, but if you want to pursue it further, I suggest you look in old religious songbooks for children.


05 Jan 12 - 01:46 AM (#3285090)
Subject: Lyr Add: CANZONET (T W Johnson Barker)
From: Jim Dixon

From Poems by Thomas William Johnson Barker (Hull: John Nicholson, 1849), page 44:


CANZONET

Draw up the curtain?draw it high?
And let the daylight cheer the eye;
Why should gloom fill the room,
When the bonny sunlight's by!
Darkness is the friend of sin?
Then let the merry sunshine in!

Come, my dearest, come be gay,
And fling all gloomy thoughts away;
Why should aught but joy be sought,
While sunbeams live to cheer the day!
Smiles a double beauty win-
Then let the merry sunshine in!


05 Jan 12 - 01:55 AM (#3285094)
Subject: Lyr Add: LET THE MERRY SUNSHINE IN
From: Jim Dixon

From A Course for Beginners in Religious Education by Mary Everett Rankin (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1917), page 42:


LET THE MERRY SUNSHINE IN

Let the merry sunshine in.
Let the merry sunshine in.
Open all the windows. Open all the doors.
Let the merry sunshine in.


[Musical notation is also given on that page.]


05 Jan 12 - 01:11 PM (#3285336)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: ' . . . Let the Merry Sunshine In . . '?
From: Ged Fox

or "Clear the darkened windows, open up the door; Let the blessed sunshine in" ?


11 May 16 - 10:44 AM (#3789760)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: ' . . . Let the Merry Sunshine In . . '?
From: GUEST,Nathan

My grandfather used to sing this to us when my brother and I slept over on some weekends...

open all the windows
open all the doors
let the merry sunshine in.
Good morning good morning
it's time to sing a song
good morning good morning
be happy all day long

and repeat....in escalating volume until we got out of bed.


12 May 16 - 05:31 AM (#3789884)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: ' . . . Let the Merry Sunshine In . . '?
From: Mo the caller

It was in the books of 'choruses' that we sang from in Sunday School. I suppose some were actual choruses from longer songs, but all were short hymns (about 4 lines).
Religious nursery rhymes if you like.
I remember it as being 'blessed sunshine' too.


15 May 16 - 07:09 PM (#3790499)
Subject: Lyr Add; LET THE SUNSHINE IN (Blenkhorn/Gabriel)
From: Jim Dixon

From On Wings of Song: For Revival Meetings, Endeavor Societies, Epworth Leagues, Young People's Unions, Prayer Meetings, and the Sunday School by George C. Hugg (Philadelphia: George C. Hugg, 1896). page 60:

LET THE SUNSHINE IN
Words by Ada Blenkhorn, music by Charles H. Gabriel. ©1895.

1. Do you fear the foe will in the conflict win?
Is the dark without you, darker still within?
Clear the darkened windows, open wide the door,
Let a little sunshine in.

CHORUS: Let the blessed sunshine in (the sunshine in),
Let the blessed sunshine in (the sunshine in),
Clear the darkened windows, open wide the door,
Let a little sunshine in.

2. Does your faith grow fainter in the cause you love?
Are your pray'rs unanswer'd by your God above?
Clear the darkened windows, open wide the door,
Let a little sunshine in.

3. Would you go rejoicing on the upward way,
Knowing naught of darkness, dwelling in the day?
Clear the darkened windows, open wide the door,
Let a little sunshine in.


15 May 16 - 09:49 PM (#3790520)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: ' . . . Let the Merry Sunshine In . . '?
From: keberoxu

My grandmother used to sing the chorus. The verses are new to me, but she would sing,
Open wide the windows, open wide the doors,
Let a little sunshine in.


12 Sep 17 - 10:54 PM (#3876780)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: ' . . . Let the Merry Sunshine In . . '?
From: GUEST

Open up the windows and open up the doors and let the merry sunshine in

Oh how I hate to get up in the morning oh how I'd rather stay in bed, when these days I'm gonna get the pup the pup to wake the bugler up then I won't have to get up in the morning.


13 Sep 17 - 03:40 AM (#3876795)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: ' . . . Let the Merry Sunshine In . . '?
From: Mo the caller

that second part reminds me of something my father used to sing

It's nice to get up in the morning
It's nicer to stay in bed

Never heard the last bit but it would seem to make more sense as 'one of these days' not 'when these days'


14 Sep 17 - 03:55 PM (#3877090)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: ' . . . Let the Merry Sunshine In . . '?
From: Joe_F

That last bit is a bit of Irving Berlin's song.