I just heard the best recording of this song, ever.
Of course I’m biased.
Funny you should mention this song if it is the one written by former governor of Louisiana with Charlie Mitchell in 1940. I was just a young child in the early 1940’s, but this song had such an effect on me that I remember the song and many of the lyrics to this day. This was one of a few songs from that period that made such an impresion me. A few others for which I have the same feelings and memories of to this day are Pistol Packin’ Mama, Back in the Saddle Again and Deep in the Heart of Texas, all early 1940’s cowboy or country songs.
My all time favorite from that period, however was a 1942 WWll song, “There is a Star-Spangled Banner Waiving Somewhere.” That Somewhere was two places, one of which was Heaven where great heroes of Uncle Sam would be. The writer wants to be a hero fighting the Axis and “go there”. The other Somewhere was anywhere in the world where we were fighting for freedom against dictators.(Sound familiar?)He is willing to die to be a “free American” and wherever the Star-Spanged Banner is waiving is where he wants to die.
This leads to a philosphical discussion (which we won’t go deeply into) of why a person leans to conservatism or liberalsim.(I think most people, fanatics excluded, don’t just go down the list, they pick and choose their issues.) In this case, however, one would wonder why a seven or eight year old child should be so impressed by expressions and feelings of freedom and conservatism.I assure you it wasn’t a family influence. Even to this day an experience like the freedom chorus in Beethoven’s opera Fidelio practically brings me to tears. I have discussed this political issue many times with a liberal friend of mine, and the best that I can come up with is that there is some genetic influence on the thinking involved here. As I am sure you are aware, continuing research finds that more and more genetic solutions exist for behaviour and thinking as well as for medical conditions.
What am I listening to? Johnny Cash, “Ira Hayes”.
Well,Francis, you just commented on the way the song impresses you, and probably how it effects you emotionally, but look how it started this whole train of thought for me.
So which is the version of You are My Sunshine that you like?
It’s sung by this treo of girls I know, wonderful voices and very professionally done. Then even have their own recording equipment. They bring a smile to my face.
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