Now, Words and Their Stories, a VOA Learning English program about American expressions. I'm Anna Matteo with expressions using the word "sun."

    The first expression is about everything, everything under the sun. If you own a store that sold many different items, your advertisements could say you sell everything under the sun. This would not be exactly true, of course. But what would advertising be without some creative descriptions?
    第一个短语是天下万物(everything under the sun)。如果你有一家商店,出售很多不同的物品。你的广告就能说你出售天下万物。这当然不会是事实。但是如果没有创意描述还叫广告吗?

    Here is another example: Let's say you are talking with a friend you have not seen for a long time. The two of you could have a lot of catching up to do. So, you talk about everything under the sun.

    Under the sun is an old expression – at least 3,000 years old. It means everywhere the sun shines. King Solomon of Israel used it in the Bible. He wrote that nothing under the sun is new. What has been will be again, he said, and what has been done will be done again.
    Under the sun是另一个老短语,它至少有3千年历史。它的意思是阳光下。以色列的所罗门王在圣经中写道,太阳底下并无新鲜事。他说,已有的事,后必再有,已行的事,后必再行。

    If there is nothing new under the sun, there is nothing new anywhere.

    New or old, few things can be hidden in the bright light of the sun.

    That leads to another expression: a sunshine law. This law says that all government meetings must be open to the public. In some states, sunshine laws also say the government must permit the public to see government records.

    The Atlanta Journal and Constitution newspaper published a report about the value of sunshine laws. It told about how officials of a local government met secretly with a land developer to discuss using public land for a private entertainment center. The deal was stopped when it finally became publicly known.

    "It often takes a crisis," the newspaper report said, "to awaken citizens to their rights under the state sunshine laws." It said the laws are called that because they shine sunlight on dark corners where secret deals can be made.

    Another expression about the sun is Sunbelt. The word describes the warmer states of the American south, from Florida to California. The warmer weather in the Sunbelt causes many people to move there. They move from the Frostbelt, the colder northern states, and the Rustbelt, the older industrial states.

    In addition, labor costs are lower in the Sunbelt, and labor unions are not as strong as in the north. So many companies moved their factories to the Sunbelt. Workers followed. By 1990, the Sunbelt cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio were among the ten largest cities in the United States.

    From geographic areas to music, the word "sun" finds its place.

    Every type of music -- from rock to pop to country -- has songs about the sun. One of the most popular is "You Are My Sunshine." What began as a sad love song is now a classic children's song. Many performers have recorded this song. Here is part of it.
    从摇滚音乐到流行音乐到乡村音乐的每种类型的音乐都有关于阳光的歌曲。其中最流行的是“You Are My Sunshine.”它最开始是作为悲伤的情歌,现在成了经典儿童歌曲。许多歌手都录制了这首歌。以下是歌曲其中一段:

    You are my sunshine, my only sunshine

    You make me happy when skies are gray

    You'll never know dear how much I love you

    Please don't take my sunshine away

    The rock group Beatles sang several songs with "sun" in the title. A couple are "Here Comes the Sun" and "Good Day Sunshine."
    摇滚乐队披头士乐队演唱了好几首歌名里带阳光的歌曲。其中两首是"Here Comes the Sun" 和 "Good Day Sunshine."

    Elton John sang "Don't Let Sun Go Down on Me." And the musical group 5th Dimension wanted to let the sunshine in on a United States that was heavily involved in the Vietnam War.
    埃尔顿·约翰(Elton John)演唱了"Don't Let Sun Go Down on Me." 而音乐团体第五维度希望阳光照进深陷越战的美国。

    This song was originally in the musical theater performance and movie "Hair," which criticized the Vietnam War.

    "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In" became a popular song in the anti-war culture in the 1960s U.S.
    "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In"成为了美国上世纪六十年代反战文化中的一首流行歌曲。

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