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Is there a story behind Gale Garnett's lyrics for her song "We'll Sing in the Sunshine"?

Question #128775. Asked by wyambezi.
Last updated Jan 06 2013.
Originally posted Jan 04 2013 11:27 PM.

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"We'll Sing in the Sunshine" was a popular folk song written and recorded by Gale Garnett, a New Zealand-born Canadian singer-actress. On September 5, 1964, it reached #4 on the U.S. Hot 100 chart, and also spent seven weeks atop the U.S. "Easy Listening" chart. "We'll Sing in the Sunshine" was Garnett's only single to reach the Top 40, and won her a 1965 Grammy. It was later covered by Helen Reddy in a 1978 version that remained faithful to Garnett's original; it reached #12 on the Easy Listening chart.

In Garnett's wistful vocal arrangement, a young woman tells a man that she will live with him for one year (but no longer) before moving on. The subtle theme of a woman taking charge in a relationship was a rarity in the early 1960s. The song is sometimes compared to the 1968 Merrilee Rush recording "Angel of the Morning" (in which another woman speaks of a no-strings-attached relationship). By 1968, however, record companies were placing fewer restrictions on what female popular singers could perform, so Garnett's song is considered to be ahead of its time.


Jan 06 2013, 8:55 AM
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