I recently bought the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack after seeing the movie. I had been wanting the music for a long time and seeing the film pushed me over the edge. Fun movie. Great Music.
One thing was surprising, though. The cute little diddy, “You are my Sunshine” is not what it seems. We have all happily sung the chorus and it is so cheerful and fun. Well, guess what. When you listen to the whole song, it is one of the more depressing, melancholy, bluegrass songs ever. That’s saying a lot for Bluegrass, which has more than its fair share of sad songs. It’s about a girl that r-u-n-o-f-t.
Here are the rest of the verses:
The other night dear, as I lay sleeping
I dreamed I held you in my arms
But when I awoke, dear, I was mistaken
So I hung my head and I cried.
I’ll always love you and make you happy,
If you will only say the same.
But if you leave me and 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 not you’ve left me and love another;
You have shattered all of my dreams:
In all my dreams, dear, you seem to leave me
When I awake my poor heart pains.
So when you come back and make me happy
I’ll forgive you dear, I’ll take all the blame.
I actually like sad songs. Elton John was right. What other sad and depressing songs can you think of?
And since WordPress just added a Poll function, I am going to test it out.