Sunday Song Lyric:

It’s hard to believe, but the summer’s just about over. Almost as unbelievable, but in eight months of posting song lyrics, I don’t think I’ve posted anything by George Gershwin. To remedy that, and give one last nod to summer, here’s one of Gershwin’s most famous songs, recorded by crooners and rockers, rappers and balladeers: Summertime.

Summertime,

And the livin’ is easy

Fish are jumpin’

And the cotton is high



Your daddy’s rich

And your mamma’s good lookin’

So hush little baby

Don’t you cry



One of these mornings

You’re going to rise up singing

Then you’ll spread your wings

And you’ll take to the sky



But till that morning

There’s a’nothing can harm you

With daddy and mamma standing by




Update:Several have e-mailed to correct a slight error above. While George Gershwin wrote the music to “Summertime,” the lyrics are typically credited to Ira Gershwin. Du Bose Heyward is also credited for writing the story of Porgy & Bess, from which Summertime came.

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