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Favorite Childhood Song | Memory Lane | Song as Memory

Happy Earth Day, everyone! This prompt was pretty fun to illustrate, and in the spirit of Earth Day and Nature, I decided on “You Are My Sunshine” by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell & the camp version, “You Are My Everlasting Baby” (which is listed as author unknown. If you know who wrote it, let me know so I can give credit!) 

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I had a hard time choosing between this song and a couple others my mom and I would listen to on casette tapes as we drove places when I was little.

I can remember my mom, dad and Grandpa singing “You Are My Sunshine” to and then with me when I was little. My grandpa even taught me how to plunk it out on the piano. Years later, I would sing it at his funeral.

This song has such sentimental meaning for me, and depending on how deeply you delve into the lyrics, it can get pretty sad and heartbreaking.

It wasnt until I worked at camp that I learned the second rendition, written ontop the traditional lyrics in a cursive font. The contrast, not only in the upbeat melody, but the added enthusiasm with the lyric alterations makes this song one that I still love to this day.

If you ever get the chance to search for these songs to be sung simultaneously, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

What’s your favorite childhood song? Do you still like it? Let me know!


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