June 4

The Songs of Summer Day Two: ‘Summer’ by War

war-summerNothing says ‘summer’ like War. I’m serious! No, not that War. Not the killing and dying and guns and bombs kind of war. The musical kind of war. War, the multi-cultura, multi-racial funk and soul band from Long Beach, California. Like a lot of their music (Low Rider, Spill the Wine, etc. etc.), their near-perfect ode to summer, entitled appropriately and simply ‘Summer’ has a laid-back, Southern Californian vibe that makes it an ideal summertime jam. Even in the cold dead of a Michigan winter… And the lyrics? I mean, come on…it’s all there:

“Riding round town with all the windows down
Eight track playing all your favorite sounds
The rhythm of the bongos fill the park
The street musicians trying to get a start

‘Cause it’s summer, summer time is here
Yes, it’s summer, my time of year
Yes, it’s summer, my time of year

Stretched out on a blanket in the sand
Kids of all ages digging Disneyland
Rapping on the C B radio in your van
We’ll give a big ten four to the truckin’ man

‘Cause it’s summer, summer time is here
Yes, it’s summer, my time of year
Yes, it’s summer, my time of year

Young boys playin’ stick ball in the street
Fire hydrants help to beat the heat
Old man feeding pigeons in the square
Nighttime finds young lovers walkin’ there, oh yeah…”

Included as a single on their 1976 Greatest Hits compilation, it’s War, it’s Summer, and the 70’s groovin’ is easy.


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Posted June 4, 2015 by brainstembob@yahoo.com in category "Music", "Spotify Playlist", "The Songs of Summer

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