Sunshine ~ Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards is an American artist, musician, folk singer, songwriter and performer, perhaps best known for his crossover folk singles “Sunshine” and “Shanty”.

Edwards’s music career began in high school during the 1960s. When interviewed about his early music career he recalled, “I started on a $29 guitar and immediately started putting a band together, writing songs and learning all the contemporary folk songs of the time. I just loved it, loved everything about it, loved being in front of people playing music.”[citation needed]

Edwards studied art in college at Ohio University but dropped out before graduating, and became involved in the Boston music scene.

The band in which he played soon found work, playing across New England. With Joe Dolce on lead guitar, they played cover tunes as well as their own country blues originals under various names, including the Headstone Circus, St. James Doorknob, and the Finite Minds, and they made an album for Metromedia Records as Sugar Creek.

Soon he was booked to open for acts such as the Allman Brothers Band and B.B. King, and he signed with Capricorn Records to record his self-titled debut album. “We took about a year recording the first album – different times, different studios, different sounds, different techniques”, he says. “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. We fired the engineer and put “Sunshine” in its place.”

Like most of the songs on Jonathan Edwards, “Sunshine” was written shortly after Edwards 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.”. “It was just at the time of the Vietnam War and Nixon,” Edwards recalled. “It was looking bad out there. That song meant a lot to a lot of people during that time – especially me.”

Sunshine

Sunshine” is a country folk war protest song from 1971 by Jonathan Edwards, released as the first single from his debut album Jonathan Edwards.

“Sunshine” was not originally planned for release, but when an engineer accidentally erased the master of a track called “Please Find Me” near the end of sessions for the album, “Sunshine” was used to fill the hole.

[flv]http://djallyn.org/media/jonathan-edwards-sunshine.flv[/flv]

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 aren’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

  • Audio from the 1971 album, Jonathan Edwards:

Click to Purchase
(623)

About DJ Allyn

DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

One thought on “Sunshine ~ Jonathan Edwards

Got a comment?