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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
And 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
And 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



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    UnregisteredAug 2, 2012 at 11:38 am
    This song was written in a different era -- it was a commentary on the vietman war. Interesting that the lyrics now describe the progressive goverment / totalitarian nanny state we have now which will get much much worse unless we the people rise up and turn it around. "some man's come he's trying to run my life... He can't even run his own life, i'll be damned if he'll run mine"
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    UnregisteredMay 14, 2012 at 3:56 am
    This song is actually about the vietnam war. The "he" that is referred to is the president or the government at the time. The "cards he ain't showing" were secrets held by the government during the war. The lyric where it says "he tells me to getin line" is the draft of soldiers forced into the war by congress. The overall theme of the song is that this person or group is obviously unhappy about this war and is protesting against it and only hopes that the "sunshine" (happiness) will come out again someday after the war is done.
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    UnregisteredApr 30, 2012 at 8:57 pm
    Had a friend in high school who strongly felt this song described her life at the time. Her mother was divorcing her father after he had been mostly away working for several years, and she had discovered her father had a new woman with a son in his new town. When the divorce was filed, he came home and suddenly tried to involve himself in her life and interfere with her plans. "but he can't even run his own life, i'll be damned if he'll run mine... "
    For her it was a song of defiance, and the in the last verse, she was thumbing her nose at the adults -"i promise you i'll be singing".

    This is what i love about song lyrics and poetry - we inflict our own meanings and emotions onto it, and it becomes our own.
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    UnregisteredMar 18, 2012 at 8:20 pm
    I think when he says sunshine go away today i don't feel much like dancing i think he's saying that he doesn't want to ignore what's really going on: the war. He doesn't want to dance (go about with life over here) and pretend like everything's okay when there are people dying because of the war. Some man's come he's trying to run my life, don't know what he's aking means that he feels like he had no choice in the decision to start the war or be in it. When he tells me i better get in line can't hear what he's saying means that he's going against the grain, he doesn't want to be in the war, he's not fooled by the propaganda. These ain't dues, i been paying, again refers to how he felt he had no choice, how much does it cost? The cost of war and how the opposition feels like they can just buy people (pay them to fight), also refers to how we'll never be able to get back those lives or the time. And he can't even run his own life i think means he doesn't know how to solve his own problems, obviously this war isn't a solution to something that involves millions and millions of others. He isn't going to allow this, he's not going to shut up or join the war effort. Working starts to make me wonder, means when he works and the government takes part of the money it makes him wonder if it's going to the war, instead of something useful. When he says in love... Means the president has a hidden agenda that the americans never know, that the president is just making excuses. Sunshine, come on back another day... Means he has hope still that things can change.

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