You Are My Stalker


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You guys, I know I just posted last night but I just learned something really important and I have to share.

So, every night I sing the same repertoire of bedtime songs to my kids… the usual Twinkle, Twinkle; I Love You Bushel and A Peck; Baa Baa Black Sheep, etc. I often throw in a Blackbird and once in a blue moon, they get a Tomorrow [as in, The Sun Will Come Out]. And of course, You Are My Sunshine is a staple.

Well, the other night I realized that the way I sing it, like this…

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.
You make my happy when skies are gray.
You’ll never know dear how much I love you,
Please don’t take my sunshine away.

The other night dear, while you were sleeping
I dreamt I held you in my arms,
You’ll never know dear how much I love you,
Please don’t take my sunshine away.

… is obviously WRONG. I know those last two lines shouldn’t be repeated because first of all, it doesn’t make any sense and secondLY, I vaguely remember hearing it sung a different way once.

So I just asked my BFF Google for the correct lyrics and while I had the first stanza correct, here are the correct lyrics for the second stanza:

The other night, dear, as I lay sleeping
I dreamt I held you in my arms.
When I awoke, dear, I was mistaken
So I hung my head, and I cried.

OH. Well, now that’s just sad. I would never want to leave them on that note, literally. I’m afraid it would give my kids horrible dreams about hugging emptiness and crying.

But wait… it gets worse! There’s actually a THIRD stanza that goes like this:

I’ll always love you and make you happy
If you will only say the same.
But if you leave me to love another,
You’ll regret it all one day


What does it even mean?

“I will ALWAYS love you… as long as you are constantly reassuring me that you love me back AND that my happiness is your #1 priority?!?”

“… AND despite the fact that I’m a controlling freak, you may not leave me. EVER. And if you do? I assure you, YOU WILL REGRET IT.”


You don't see this at Anthropologie.

You don’t see this at Anthropologie.

I think I’ll stick with my own version. It may be incorrect, but at least it won’t send my kids into therapy tomorrow morning.



PS. You’ve already noticed the same psychosis lurking in Rock-A-Bye-Baby, right?

“Rock-A-Bye Baby, on the treetop.” Why the hell is the baby at the top of a tree? Who put him there?

“When the wind blows, the cradle will rock.” Anyone else here the Jaws theme song starting up? 

“When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall.” I don’t think a five-point harness is going to help much in this situation.

“And down will come baby, cradle and all.” Honestly, what is wrong with people?

A little tip for you… if you ever start singing that one by mistake, just use the line “ and down will FLOAT baby” instead of “and down will COME baby.” Softens the whole thing right up.


6 responses »

  1. Haha!! I laughed out loud. Now, if YOU were on a nature field trip, like I was recently, you’d know the history of rockaby baby. I’ll fill you in one day…It’s much less horrifying than “you are my sunshine”. That one is just wrong.

  2. I always thought rockabye baby was about a bird. I read the “you are my sunshine lyrics” once and had the exact same reaction as you. Creepitude!

  3. … and then there’s Mary Had a Little Lamb…. “HAD” a little lamb, do we know what happened to the little lamb? Where did he go? Why doesn’t Mary have him anymore?

  4. I always end Rock a Bye Baby with – “and mommy will catch you from your great fall.” or “mommy will catch you cradle and all.”

  5. Classics Mac… You may as well stick to the first verse – I even change it to You are my sunshine, my other sunshine.. to not play favoritism…

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