Sunday, May 10, 2015

"You are my sunshine" song lyrics

You Are My Sunshine.
Although it sounds like a folksong from the 1800s, YOU ARE MY SHINESHINE is actually a Tin Pan Alley success of 1940. Have you ever heard the term Tin Pan Alley? It originated around 1925. It was used through the 1950s to refer to the American popular music industry, which centered on Seventh Avenue between 48th and 52nd Streets in New York City during that period. The implication was that music in those days sounded like people hitting tin pans together.

YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE was written by Jimmie Davis, a former governor of Louisiana and amateur country music singer, with the collaboration of Charles Mitchell. There is one of many popular songs that relate emotions to weather. Two more about sunshine and happiness are On the Sunny Side of the Street by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields and You Are the Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder. Rain is associated with sadness in Stormy Weather by Harold Arlen and Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head by Hal David and Burt Bacharach.
when skies are gray – Gray skies suggest trouble and sadness, just as blue skies – and – sunshine – suggest good times and happiness.
the other night = several nights ago. You can also say “the other day.”
hung my head = “let my head drop forward with my chin down. Here, the gesture shows disappointment.
  1. Similarities. Sunshine comes from the sun, which is round. What else can you think of that is round? Practice saying “The sun is round and so is a ball.” Then think of other items to replace a ball.
  2. “You make me happy when skies are gray.” What makes you feel happy when skies are gray? Write five sentences, then share them with a partner or with the rest of the class.
Example: Seeing a good movie makes me happy when skies are gray.
  1. “Weather Word” Idioms. Read the list of idioms below. How many of them do you recognize? Write a brief definition for each one that you think you understand.
be in a fog
be raining cats and dogs
a fair-weather friend
stormy weather
Here are the idioms used in sentences. Read them to see if your definitions fit.
1.    My boss is in a fog these days; he doesn’t seem to hear anything I say. He must be very worried about something.
2.    Why don’t you wait a few minutes before you leave? If you go out now, you’ll get soaked. It’s raining cats and dogs.
3.    John said he’d be my friend through rain or shine. But since I told him I was having trouble at work, I haven’t heard from him. I guess he was just a fair-weather friend.
4.    Since my wife and I separated, there’s been nothing but stormy weather in my life – just one problem after another.
Can you think of times in your life when one of these idioms would have been appropriate?

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