…this old world, she’s gonna turn around, brand new bells’ll be ringing

Written by Jonathan Edwards, an Ohio University dropout from Aitkin, Minnesota, who came to the Boston area in the late 1960s, today’s selection is another one of “those songs” that somehow find their way.

With a distinctive voice and a solid repertoire of “country-folk” songs Edwards was beginning to become noticed, serving as opening act for the likes of the Allman Brothers Band and B.B. King, when he signed on with Capricorn Records to record an eponymous debut album.

“We took about a year,” he recounted, “different times, different studios, different sounds, different techniques…Recording was so new in ’69 and ’70. There was a song on the album called ‘Please Find Me’, and for some reason the engineer rolled over it. It got erased. We spent hours looking for it. It was near the end of sessions for the album, “Sunshine” was used to fill the hole.”

Although the unfortunate sound engineer lost his job for (ironically) losing “Please Find Me” Edwards ended up with a hit as the stop-gap song reached Number 4 on the Billboard Charts in 1971.  Having sold well over a million copies, it remains Jonathan Edwards’ (who now lives in Maine and continues to tour) best known song.

LISTEN TO TODAY’S SELECTION – Tuesday 29 May

Sunshine

 Sunshine go away today

I don’t feel much like dancing

Some man’s gone, he’s tried to run my life

Don’t know what he’s asking

He tells me I’d better get in line

Can’t hear what he’s saying

When I grow up I’m going to make it mine

But 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

But 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 gone he’s tried to run my life

Don’t know what he’s asking

Working starts to make me wonder where

The fruits of what I do are going

He says in love and war all is fair

But 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

But 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’ll be ringing

 

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