You Are My Sunshine
Ray Charles Lyrics


The other night dear, as I lay sleeping
Oh I dreamed I held you in my arms
When I awoke, dear, I was mistaken
Do you know that I hung my
Oh my head and I cried

Oh you are my sunshine, my only sunshine
Girl, you make me happy when skies are gray
You'll never never never know, how much I love you
But don't you to take my sunshine away

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

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You'll never never never know dear, how much I love you
But don't you to take

If you love me
If you need me
If you want me

I don't want you to take
I don't want you to take
My sunshine away

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Written by: Jimmie Davis

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city zen

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 Are My Sunshine" is popularly known as the state song of Louisiana, but the song has a murky history. It was made popular by Jimmie Davis, a country music singer who used it frequently in his campaign for governor of Louisiana, and it has long been claimed that he and his friend and fellow songwriter Charlie Mitchell wrote the song in 1939.

In Georgia, however, the children of mandolin player and songwriter Oliver Hood insist that their father penned the song on the back of a brown paper bag and performed it at a VFW convention in LaGrange, Georgia, in 1933. Hood regularly played with fellow musicians Riley Puckett and Paul Rice, and many people claim to have heard Puckett perform the piece in the early 1930s. There were supposedly more than 20 verses to the song, but the most popular ones are all that remain. After the original, best-known verse, the song continues:

The other night 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

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 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

Unfortunately, Hood never copyrighted his song, and in 1937 Paul Rice claimed authorship. Rice sold the rights to the song to Charlie Mitchell and Jimmie Davis in late 1939, and Davis recorded the song on February 5, 1940. His version included the lines that catapulted him to the governor's seat and made the song a Louisiana legend, as he sang it at rallies and even performed it on horseback (his horse was aptly named Sunshine):

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

The authorship of the piece may always be in dispute, but the song's lyrics are now known by children across the nation -- despite the less-than-sunny picture it paints after the first upbeat verse. "You Are My Sunshine" received renewed attention when it was featured prominently on the popular Grammy Award-winning soundtrack to the 2000 movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? The song is typical of what is now called traditional country music, with its predictable rhyming patterns, a repeating chorus, and a hit-and-miss meter that requires words to be dragged out over several notes



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Becky Lancaster

I selected this as my Mom and Son dance song when my oldest married; I sang it to him all the time when he was a baby. We smiled every step of the way and got the party started for the reception. The band really got into it too as they had never been asked to do his version and performed it perfectly with their 70s style horn section. It is a treasured memory of dancing the night away.

baxter jones

That Was Cool!!!!!

Steven Weinstein

I'm so lucky to have actually seen him do this song live in 1963.

hadesrow

What a chance !

Carolyn Washington

Much as I love Ray Charles I've never seen him live and with all of the entertainers I know I never met him

heelgill

@Greg Tyrone You’re welcome. Life sure is for me. Enjoy your day.

Greg Tyrone

@heelgill Thanks, hope life is good for you too :-)

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Saltheplumber

He did it all! Ray climbed every musical mountain and conquered all. There'll never be another like him...

murp h

Well said and absolute truth !!!

Bill James

Brother Ray can make any song into a hit. What a Genius.

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