It's getting near dawn
When lights close their tired eyes
I'll soon be with you my love
Give you my dawn surprise
I'll be with you darling soon
I'll be with you when the stars start falling

I've been waiting so long
To be where I'm going
In the sunshine of your love

I'm with you my love
The light's shining through on you
Yes, I'm with you my love
It's the morning and just we two
I'll stay with you darling now
I'll stay with you 'til my seas are dried up

I've been waiting so long
To be where I'm going
In the sunshine of your love

I'm with you my love
The light's shining through on you
Yes, I'm with you my love
It's the morning and just we two
I'll stay with you darling now
I'll stay with you 'til my seas are dried up

I've been waiting so long
I've been waiting so long
I've been waiting so long
To be where I'm going
In the sunshine of your love


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Sunshine of Your Love Lyrics as written by Jack Bruce Eric Patrick Clapton

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  • +3
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs of all time. It has one of the best riffs ever (in my opinion), great guitar work, an awesome sound all around and the lyrics are just perfect to me.

    Revisited's interpretation might be possible if they were talking about DUSK, not DAWN. The dawn of his life would be when he was born. If they said dusk his explanation might make sense.

    Here's my interpretation. I've always viewed it as an innocent enough love song, not anything too complex or with some hidden meanings. Of course I don't delve too deep into song meanings so take it as you will.

    "It's getting near dawn
    When lights close their tired eyes"
    - The Sun is about to come up. Street lights, advertisement lights and such are turning off.

    "I'll soon be with you my love
    To give you my dawn surprise"
    - It's almost time to wake up and they can consciously be with each other. You can guess what the surprise might be.

    "I'll be with you, darling, soon
    I'll be with you when the stars start falling"
    - They're about to wake up. Falling stars could be like a 'magical' moment.

    "I've been waiting so long
    To be where I'm going"
    - He's been waiting to be with her so long, to have her love. This is the first time he's woken up with her, it's just them two and he felt it was finally real love.

    "In the sunshine of your love"
    - All her love is focused on him.

    "I'm with you, my love
    The light's shining through on you"
    - A: He's so in love with her that it seems she's more bright, vibrant and beautiful than before.
    - B: The sunlight's shining through the curtains onto her, highlighting her, making her beauty glow.

    "Yes, I'm with you, my love
    It's the morning and just we two"
    - Self explanatory.

    "I'll stay with you, darling, now
    I'll stay with you 'til my seas are dried up"
    - I see this as saying he'll be with her until he dies. (As in when a sea dries up it 'dies'.) The suggestive idea is possible as well.
    kr580on March 28, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentlights closing there tired eyes at dawn would refer to streetlights turning off at dawn
    matt177on July 17, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYou're all over analysing it. gimpyx2k was right, it is about sex. Use your imagination. Think to yourself, what could he mean by "dawn surprise?"
    And notice, he doesn't say "till the seas are dried up," he says the seas are his seas. Use your imagination.
    no00000000on January 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentawsome song great guitar rift i think it's about a guy who's been in love with a girl for a long time and then he finally gets to be the one she love and he's in the "sunshine of your (her) love" because she's focusing it all on him
    jackisswishon December 10, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song focuses in on a seemingly trivial moment, but waking up to one you love, in the morning, when all seems perfect, before the day starts and reality happens, is a moment that the writer wants in slow motion and can be revisited again and again throught this song. He's been waiting so long to be with this women, its an epiphany of true love.

    Further, this song can be related to Milton's Paradise Lost in the scene where Adam wakes to Eve and watches her sleeping peacefully. Its a celebration of love between a man and a women in its purest form. And a celebration of women and their beauty, holding men captive at times.

    This song was influenced by Jimi Hendrix in the opening melody and is said to have begun the whole hard rock era with bands like Led Zeppelin and glam bands of the 80's. Clapton uses the wah-wah pedal and produces a gritty sound in his interpretation of a classic blues scale.
    kari71686on July 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti
    MsManomenon August 04, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is a beautiful song about sex and -- love of course -- my darling!
    mr. clapton & cream -- i give you much thanks for this song.

    It's getting near dawn
    When lights close their tired eyes
    I'll soon be with you my love
    To give you my dawn surprise
    I'll be with you, darling, soon
    I'll be with you when the stars start falling
    ok -- i always thought it was dose of pride.. but i guess it is dose of prize -- wtf? this guy thinks his dose is a prize to her! ok i guess i get it now...
    anyway, what he is saying is that he has been working hard just to be with her and in fact he has worked all through the day and into the wee hours of the moring slaying dragons and his reward is to be with his one love. he reminds her that she is going to be seeing some stars falling soon.. after they are together. dawn surprise sounds a bit nasty. i sometimes wonder if this love thing is ellicit. regardless, stars will be falling and soon and there will be lots of them -- really -- stars will be falling from heaven and the lights are not going to be aware of what is going down.
    there is a dirty vibe in this song. beautiful but dirty. even if it is dirty, it is still beautiful.

    I've been waiting so long
    To be where I'm going
    In the sunshine of your love
    he has been waiting (not been with anyone else) and btw that sun (the center of his universe) is damn hot in case you weren't aware!

    I'm with you, my love
    yep, he has made it home (inside her) and they know each other now -- in the biblical sense.
    it's the creaminator makin babies!

    The light's shining through on you
    she is so beautiful and he sees her in the magical light of thier true pagan love.

    Yes, I'm with you, my love
    It's the morning and just we two
    I'll stay with you, darling, now
    I'll stay with you 'til my seas are dried up
    i truly doubt he actually owns a sea (in this reality at least), but sometimes seeds and sea can be thought of as the nearly the same things. whoever else might have been there is not there now. they are going to be busy for a while yet - until those seas are good and dry.

    I've been waiting so long
    To be where I'm going
    In the sunshine of your love
    again, this is a love song, he is telling his darling that he needs her love and being with her is the meaning of his life -- his purpose. like those stars that fell, the sunshine of her love is a magical experience.

    I'm with you, my love
    The light's shining through on you
    Yes, I'm with you, my love
    It's the morning and just we two
    I'll stay with you, darling, now
    I'll stay with you 'til my seas are dried up
    they are still getting busy, he wants to reassure her. don't worry, i love you and won't be leaving. you are my darling and i exist for you. give yourself to me and btw i have these seas that need drying up.
    she couldn't shake him off even if she wanted to. he is crazy for her and don't even know how to say it!

    I've been waiting so long
    I've been waiting so long
    I've been waiting so long
    To be where I'm going
    In the sunshine of your love.
    he truly needs to be with his lover.
    kush64on May 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOk, no you people are all wrong. This is not about drugs. It is quite simply about an orgasm. Let me walk you through it.

    "It's getting near dawn,
    When lights close their tired eyes"
    It's late at night, the lights are off. Time for some love making.

    "I'll soon be with you my love,
    To give you my dawn surprise
    I'll be with you darling soon,
    I'll be with you when the stars start falling"
    This bitch he's with already had one, and he's reassuring her that he will soon be there with her.

    "I've been waiting so long
    To be where I'm going"
    Getting laid.

    "I'm with you my love,
    The light's shining through on you
    Yes, I'm with you my love,
    It's the morning and just we two"
    Okay, so now he's there too. After a passionate night, they are laying together in the morning and at the same place physically.

    "I'll stay with you till my seas are dried up"
    Seas=balls.

    Alright? It's very clearly laid out. I hope this helped.
    loserfagon August 22, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about how a guy is happy about how the girl he loves and how all her love is focused on him!
    TheGraduateon December 31, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think eric Clapton really like the sun and he loves it, so he called it sunshine of your love
    luke109487on March 19, 2021   Link

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