The Sound of My Day: “Sunshine”

This may be my favorite Matisyahu song, oh, ever. I mean, I love the sounds of Matisyahu period and have since his very reggae days with “King Without a Crown” (2006) to the more pop reggae sounds of his more recent works.

In case anyone is laughing at the image of this super white chick kickin’ it to some reggae keep in mind that Matisyahu was an yarmulke wearing Hasidic Jew when I first found him (who has now stepped out of the legalism of Orthodoxy while still maintaining his Jewish roots and monotheistic world view).

Anyway, this song feels like sunshine to my soul every time I hear it. I could listen to it on repeat for hours without a doubt because every time I hear it I’m singing along with a smile that reaches my eyes. The composition and rise and fall melodically is spectacular but the song he is singing is of his struggle compared to the sunshine of his relationship with God… his Champion. I couldn’t love this message any more or feel it more strongly in my own life.

“Sunshine”

Matisyahu, Sunshine (Single) & Spark Seeker, 2012

Songwriter: Allan Grigg, Dave Holmes, Matthew Miller

Keep on moving to the first rays of dawn
Keeping it on ’til the day stays strong
Runnin ’til the night time blazes on
All along I keep singing my song
I said, this phase is always
Sometimes I get so crazed
But just know that I’ll always stay
‘Cause you’re my light through the haze [Chorus:]
It’s time for a champion
Soothe the soul of the land
Mend the heart from the sea and the sand
‘Til the sun comes up again
[2x] Reach for the sky
Keep your eye on the prize
Forever in my mind
Be my golden sunshine
It’s raining in your mind
So push them clouds aside
Forever by my side
You’re my golden sunshine

[Verse 2:]
When the sun set I let myself down
Found the ground beneath my feet gone
No more words were there to speak
On that day my song was born
Never meant to leave you all alone
Said I’d be your shelter from the storm
Now your clothes have all been torn
Kingdom sacked attacked and dethroned

[Chorus]

Reach for the sky
Keep your eye on the prize
Forever in my mind
Be my golden sunshine
It’s raining in your mind
So push them clouds aside
Forever by my side
You’re my golden sunshine

It’s the way of the world
You’re on your own
Time to grow and be a man
Wanna fly high like Peter Pan
No more Never Never Land
So lose your backpack filled with sand
Come along and take my hand
We’ll walk together, walk forever

Reach for the sky
Keep your eye on the prize
Forever in my mind
Be my golden sunshine
It’s raining in your mind
So push them clouds aside
Forever by my side
You’re my golden sunshine

Reach for the sky
Keep your eye on the prize
Forever in my mind
Be my golden sunshine
It’s raining in your mind
So push them clouds aside
Forever by my side
You’re my golden sunshine

[2x]
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Walk with me now, talk with me now, baby
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Walk with me, momma, talk with me now

 

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