"You Are My Sunshine" is a horribly, horribly, sad song. It is about loss, unrequited love, and the promise to debase oneself to regain that love; love so important it's like the life-giving sunshine.
Was nobody paying attention when Regan used "Little Pink Houses" and George Bush Sr. used "Born in the USA" (incorrectly) as campaign songs? Did we all not learn from Sting that "Every Breath You Take" is about a stalker?
Is this thing on?
I know you, dear reader, see past the artifice and respect "You Are My Sunshine" for the bitter dirge it is at its core. I know you appreciate the morbid nature of so many folk songs and their near obsession with lost love and the subsequent killing of the one who refuses the love.
Like this pleasant old ditty. As usual, you have to wait for the 2nd verse for the violence to kick in.
It about fucking stabbing someone! It's a perfect sequel to "You Are My Sunshine". What it's not is a good song to use to show how much you love someone.
Here is The Civil Wars doing "Sunshine" properly.
"But if you leave me and love another, You'll regret it all one day".