Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Well summer is almost upon us. Some of us are looking forward to school being over and a period to relax. Some of us simply see summer as a new season to drink that is warmer than spring. However you view summer, we can all agree little beats those lazy days of summer where a good time is the only goal sought after among you and your friends. Cruising around with the gang with nothing to do but impress some babes and drink frosty beer with out a care in the world. Those care free days of leisure are the best so enjoy everyone you come across.
No other song encompasses these wonderful feelings more than Mungo Jerry's - In The Summertime. It's a fabulously catchy song that has good times written all over it. Written as a skiffle (folk with blues, jazz, and country influences), the song clumsily stomps along straight into the warm July sun. A rag tag jug band, Mungo Jerry is unapologetic at this point in their career and are content on being themselves and not try to please any sort of popular audience.
This carefree attitude is more than expressed in the lyrics to this song. Going around chasing tail with friends they encourage settling down for the night with any suitable girl you can find, "If her daddy's rich, take her out for a meal. If her daddy's poor, just do what you feel." Either way a good time must be had! Don't hold back, excess, excess, excess. Follow their lead, "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." and also "Speed along the lane, do a ton, or a ton and twenty-five. When the sun goes down, you can make it, make it good in a lay-by."
The honky tonk saloon piano plays and dances with the electric guitar spinning the listener around and around until they are happy and stupid with dizziness. The shuffle and stomp of the beat keeps everyone on their feet and from falling down. Gently nudging us to go back out there and do it all over again. As this repeats over and over again throughout the song, the end is arbitrary. This could be played on repeat as you are cruising down the road with the window down and laughing at the warm wind slapping at your face, "In the summertime when the weather's high, you can stretch right up and touch the sky." No one is going to pay any notice that it is the third time the song is being played.
Everyone at least once this summer just play this song is loud as possible when you are having a great time outside with friends. Whether your are drinking a beer on the porch, fishing in a stream with no fish, swimming in the sea, holding hands and skipping with some girl you don't even know her name, or driving around at night with the top down going no where, this song is all of that and more.
Electronically Tested 1971
128 kbps :(
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