Context: You are My Sunshine

So I popped in a bluegrass mix CD on my car a week or so ago as I drove.  For some reason I got a little emotional because of a couple of songs.  Maybe it was lack of sleep, my kids’ first day of school, or my biological dad’s birthday.  But the song that hit me hardest was “You are my Sunshine.”

That will probably seem strange and funny to most of you.  And to all of you who have ONLY heard the popular and peppy chorus.  It is actually one of the more melancholy songs of lost love written.

We sing the happy chorus to people we love.  The last line of the chorus gives away the mood of all the verses, “please don’t take my sunshine away.”

This is the version I was listening to:

It’s a song about an unfaithful love.  He isn’t sure she will stick around.  The saddest line part is the final verse:

“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.”

So, if you only know one part of the song you may get a completely different impression that what the writer intended.

I wonder if we ever do that with the Bible?


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