You Are My Sunshine

This well-known song was written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell; it was first recorded in 1939. It eventually became one of the state songs of Louisiana because of its association with Davis, a country music singer and former governor of the state. It is one of the most commonly programmed numbers of American popular music. Davis never claimed authorship since he bought the song and rights from Paul Rice and put his name on it, a practice not uncommon before World War II. Here are the actual words to the song:

You are 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 night dear as I laid sleeping 

I dreamed I held you by my side 

When I awoke dear I was mistaken 

And I hung my head and cry.


You are my sunshine...

You told me once dear you really loved me 

And no one else would come between


But now you've left me

And love another

And you have shattered all my dreams

You are my sunshine.


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. 


I've always loved that song every time I heard it over the 65 years of marriage to my wife Audrey. Unfortunately, she passed away after 9 days of moving into our assisted living community in Boynton Beach, Florida.  Recently I visited her gravesite to observe the 1-1/2 years she has passed away. To commemorate that dreadful time I've had on the passing of my loved one, I rewrote YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE to fit the occasion. Here's what I wrote:




You were my sunshine, my only sunshine.

You made me happy when skies were grey.

You'll never know dear how much I loved you 

I'm sorry you passed away.


The other night dear as I laid sleeping

I dreamed I held you by my side.

But when I awoke dear I was mistaken

And I hung my head to cry.


You were my sunshine...

You told me always dear you really loved me 

And no one else could come between.

But now you've left and shattered all my dreams.


You were my sunshine

I'll always love you

Even if you have passed away.

I'll always love you, even if you now can't say the same


But even if you have gone to another place

I'll join you in the future some day 

Because you'll always by my sunshine 

Forever and a day.


You were my sunshine!




A special note - Bernie is in charge of one of the libraries in his community and he created "Audrey's Book Shelf" there and places copies of all the books he reviews on his Audrey’s memory.

Bernie is a real person who resides in one of our Brookdale communities. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Brookdale Senior Living.

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