Summertime by George Gershwin – Saturday Song

Summertime with Janis Joplin live at Woodstock 1969

Tonight’s song is an old favorite of mine and one that sooner or later pops into my head each summer. Summertime composed by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess

It’s one of those songs that has been recorded innumerable times. And frankly I like several of them for different reasons, so I decided to link to a bunch of them and you can decide for yourself.

Enjoy!


Summertime Lyrics

Summertime and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good lookin’
So hush, little baby, don’t you cry

One of these mornings
You’re gonna rise up singin’
Yes, you’ll spread your wings
And you’ll take to the sky
Mm, but ’til that morning
There is nothin’ can harm you
Yes, with daddy and mommy standin’ by

Summertime and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich (daddy’s rich)
And your ma is good lookin’ (your ma is good lookin’)
So hush, little baby, baby don’t you cry

Oh, don’t you cry, oh, don’t you cry (don’t)
Oh, don’t you cry, oh, don’t you cry (cry)

Source: Musixmatch
Summertime with Ella Fitzgerald from 1968

Summertime with Janis Joplin live at Woodstock 1969

Summertime with Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

Summertime with Lana Del Rey

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