Summer Time

m-summer strawberry

The Weather is absolutely wonderful here in Co. Mayo these last few days and the strawberries are ripe and delicious.

It sure is –   Summertime and the livin’ is easy.”

 When the sun is shining it makes you, just want to sing. (I cannot sing it has always been a great regret in my life) So I just turn up the music real loud and caw along, that way no one can hear this old crow.

The quintessential summer song “Summertime” was composed by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera “Porgy and Bess.”  However the lyrics are by DuBose Heyward the author of the novel Porgy on which the opera was based. The Song is one of the most covered songs in history by both solo performers and groups. Such as Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Jannis Joplin & Jimi Hendrix and The Doors.

 So sing out loud, you songbirds and “crows,” who cares, it is summertime.

Just a few summer song suggestions below, all can be found on YouTube, so you may welcome in the summer solstice, the longest day.

“SUMMER IN THE CITY” The Lovin’ Spoonful1966

“SCHOOL’S OUT” Alice Cooper1972,

“DANCING IN THE STREET” Martha and the Vandellas’60s

“UNDER THE BOARDWALK” The Drifters

“SUMMERTIME BLUES” Eddie Cochran

. “YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH (HOT SUMMER NIGHT)” Meat Loaf

“THOSE LAZY-HAZY-CRAZY DAYS OF SUMMER” Nat King Cole

“EVENING IN JUNE” Van Morrison

And a great blast from the past which holds bittersweet memories for me. It reminds me of my Best-friend Isobel Greed and us messing around on our school holidays. She was knocked down and died while crossing a busy road just before her14th birthday.   I carry you in my heart, with a few others.

. “IN THE SUMMERTIME” Mungo Jerry 1970

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvUQcnfwUUM&feature=kp

Chorus:]
Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh, uh
Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh, uh
Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh, uh
Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh, uh
Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh, uh
Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh

In the summertime when the weather is hot
You can stretch right up and touch the sky
When the weather’s fine
You got women, you got women on your mind
Have a drink, have a drive
Go out and see what you can find

If her daddy’s rich take her out for a meal
If her daddy’s poor just do what you feel
Speed along the lane
Do a ton or a ton an’ twenty-five
When the sun goes down
You can make it, make it good in a lay-by

We’re no threat, people
We’re not dirty, we’re not mean
We love everybody but we do as we please
When the weather’s fine
We go fishin’ or go swimmin’ in the sea
We’re always happy
Life’s for livin’ yeah, that’s our philosophy

Sing along with us
Dee dee dee-dee dee
Dah dah dah-dah dah
Yeah we’re hap-happy
Dah dah-dah
Dee-dah-do dee-dah-do dah-do-dah
Dah-do-dah-dah-dah
Dah-dah-dah do-dah-dah

Alright ah

[Chorus]

When the winter’s here, yeah it’s party time
Bring your bottle, wear your bright clothes
It’ll soon be summertime
And we’ll sing again
We’ll go drivin’ or maybe we’ll settle down
If she’s rich, if she’s nice
Bring your friends and we’ll all go into town

[Chorus]

In the summertime when the weather is hot
You can stretch right up and touch the sky
When the weather’s fine
You got women, you got women on your mind
Have a drink, have a drive
Go out and see what you can find

If her daddy’s rich take her out for a meal
If her daddy’s poor just do what you feel
Speed along the lane
Do a ton or a ton an’ twenty-five
When the sun goes down
You can make it, make it good in a lay-by

We’re no threat, people
We’re not dirty, we’re not mean
We love everybody but we do as we please
When the weather’s fine
We go fishin’ or go swimmin’ in the sea
We’re always happy
Life’s for livin’ yeah, that’s our philosophy

Sing along with us
Dee dee dee-dee dee
Dah dah dah-dah dah
Yeah we’re hap-happy
Dah dah-dah
Dee-dah-do dee-dah-do dah-do-dah
Dah-do-dah-dah-dah
Dah-dah-dah do-dah-dah

“In The Summertime” was written by lead singer Ray Dorset.

Just one point I do not suggest in anyway that you drink and drive as in lyrics . That was a different time, it is illegal today and dangerous.

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