Song of the Day: Rootsie & Boopsie (You Are My Sunshine Cover) by Papa Winnie

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“You Are My Sunshine” is a popular song recorded by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell and first recorded in 1939. It has been declared one of the state songs of Louisiana because of its association with Davis, a country music singer and former governor of the state.

Lyrics:

The dance hall has to ram, the dance hall has to ram
It has to ram in a style and fashion
The nation has to jam, the nation has to jam
We gonna jam in a style and pattern
Because is I, Papa Winnie, on the microphone stand
The people doesn’t know where I really come from
Me tall, me no short, me slim, me not fat
And everytime I rap, me say

You are my sunshine my only sunshine
You make me happy, when skies are gray
You never know, Dear, how much I love you
So please don’t take my sunshine away

You are the woman, and I am the man
And everything we do, jah knows we do it real strong
We are just modeling up the dance hall, is a style and fashion
Me and my girl, her name is Liana
The talk of the town, is that we have two babies, twins
One of them fat and one of then slim
We call them Rootsie, Rootsie,
Rootsie and Rootsie, Rootsie, Rootsie, Rootsie and Boops

You are my sunshine my only sunshine
You make me happy, when skies are gray
You never know, Dear, how much I love you
So please don’t take my sunshine away

Sufferation in the land, sufferation in the land
Killing al my nation, Lord I can’t understand
Famine in the land, tribulation getting strong
they always have a plan to fool we Africans
Creating war in the East
War in the West
War in the Nort
And wat in the South
If love were a thing that money can buy
The rich man would live, and the poor man would die

You are my sunshine my only sunshine
You make me happy, when skies are gray
You never know, Dear, how much I love you
So please don’t take my sunshine away
……

Papa Winnie (birth name Winston Carlisle Peters) is a reggae musician from St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean. As of 1997 he had sold over 200,000 albums in Latin America and Asia. He is famous in Italy following a 1989 performance of the song “You Are My Sunshine”.

His recordings often make mention of Rootsie and Boopsie, first named in his song of the same title from 1987. In an interview on Italian TV, he said that “Rootsie” and “Boopsie” were nicknames for the two children he just had from his recently married Italian girlfriend, but he gave no further information about the children’s real names.

In 1993, Papa Winnie visited Brazil but he had no band to play shows with him. He immediately picked four people: Nelson Meirelles, Marcelo Lobato, Alexandre Menezes and Marcelo Yuka as the band. After Papa Winnie’s shows, the four decided to stay together picking Falcão as the 5th member and vocalist. (O Rappa)

In 1995, Papa Winnie recorded the Ray Charles classic “I Can’t Stop Loving You” rated as one of the better visual videos of the year.

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