"I'm 69 yrs old and was taught this rhyme by my grandmother who helped raise me. She was born in January 1900 and told this rhyme pretty much every day of my life growing up." -Paula

Notes

This slightly different version can be found in "New American Reader" (1903):

Good morning, merry sunshine,
How did you wake so soon?
You've scared the little stars away
And shined away the moon.
I saw you go to sleep last night
Before I ceased my play;
How did you get way over there,
And pray, where did you stay?

I never go to sleep, dear child,
I just go round to see
My little children of the East,
Who rise and watch for me.
I waken all the birds and bees
And flowers on my way,
And now come back to see the child,
Who stayed out late at play.

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Good Morning, Merry Sunshine

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Paula Meyer for sharing this song with us!

This song can be found in "New American Reader" (1903) by Frederick Zuchtmann. The song is attributed to G. Ambrose.

A text-only version of this song can be found in "Annual Report, New York (State) Dept. of Social Welfare" (1895).

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