"Sunshine" as written by Bill Withers and Raouf Yossef....
Sunshine go away today, I don't feel much like dancing
Some man's come he's trying to run my life, don't know what he's asking
When he tells me I better get in line, can't hear what he's saying
When I grow up, I'm gonna make him mine, these ain't dues I been paying

How much does it cost?
I'll buy it!
The time is all we've lost
I'll try it!
He can't even run his own life,
I'll be damned if he'll run mine--sunshine

Sunshine, go away today, I don't feel much like dancing
Some man's come he's trying to run my life, don't know what he's asking
Working starts to make me wonder where fruits of what I do are going
When he says in love and war all is fair, he's got cards he ain't showing

How much does it cost?
I'll buy it!
The time is all we've lost--I'll try it!
He can't even run his own life,
I'll be damned if he'll run mine--sunshine

Sunshine, come on back another day,
I promise you I'll be singing
This old world, she's gonna turn around,
brand new bells will be ringing


Lyrics submitted by dsfire

"Sunshine" as written by Marsha Ambrosius Andre Harris

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentLike most of the songs on Jonathan Edwards, "Sunshine" was written shortly after Jonathan left the band. "I felt really fresh, really liberated", he recalls. "I just went out in the woods every day with my bottle of wine and guitar, sat by a lake near Boston and wrote down all those tunes, day after day".

    "Sunshine" was an energetic, happy-sounding statement of protest and independence. "It was just at the time of the Vietnam War and Nixon", Jonathan recalls. "It was looking bad out there. That song meant a lot to a lot of people during that time--especially me". It started on a Boston radio station, and before long it hit the top five on the national charts. It earned him a gold record in 1971.
    jingy23on September 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentdsfire, thanks again. This song was popular at a restaurant where I worked for minimum wages.
    Regards, stringofpearls.
    stringofpearlson February 07, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"Sunshine" is the feeling one gets from true freedom. "Some man" is THE MAN... the government AND the establishment. He takes control of your life, taxes (robs) most of your income, then uses marketing gimmicks to suck up the rest. Furhtermore, he drafts you and your children into foolish wars! The system sucks. Nothing satisfies anymore, because you're NOT free. The sunshine is gone... until the Promised Day comes!
    RayManon May 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJonathan Edwards is undeniably one of the most underrated musicians ever. His voice, guitar playing and songwriting is incredible. The man has not been given his dues. Buy his CD's and go see him live while you still can. You will not be disappointed. Great song BTW!
    The_Roveron April 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI always understood this song to be an anti-war, anti-military protest song. The issue about the man not being able to run his own life, MILITARY. The line of "how much does it cost, I'll buy it" referring to buying a person's freedom from the military. "Telling me I better get in line" pure reference to the formation - daily event. Not wanting to dance - marching. I may be wrong - but those are the symbols I see in this song to this day.
    nrwilkinsonon November 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI always thought that the song was about rejecting the notion that the government should be telling you what to do..."He (Government) can't even run his own life, I'll be damned if He'll run mine"..."Some man's (agent of the Government) come he's trying to run my life, don't know what he's asking". His goal is freedom from the totalitarian government the we've allowed to run our lives.
    NukeEmon July 08, 2013   Link
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    General CommentFrom what I can tell, the "man" who has come is the government who is taxing his work and telling him what to do. He wants to know where all that money is going. He notes ironically that the government can't even manage its own affairs, yet it seems to think that it can spend his money better than he can.
    Garthnakon June 04, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti was told this song is about heroin use.
    eyes like julyon January 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can SO see this being a song about heroin; easily.
    erasethepaston September 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti dont like any of the other songs by jonathan but i LOVE ths one!
    bmwmusicgirlon July 13, 2008   Link

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