June 5

The Songs of Summer Day Three: ‘Vacation’ by Connie Francis

connie-francis-vacationWait, what? Connie Francis?!? What year is this?? Listen, I warned you up front there was going to be a variety of music on my Songs of Summer list. You might think I’m crazy to be listing a #9 pop hit from 1962 as one of my favorite summer songs, but here it is. I love these old pop hits, as you’ll quickly discover. Any list of summer songs put together by me is going to have to have some cheesy, kitschy old tunes. Why? Because they’re fun, pure and simple. Sometimes, they’re so bad they’re good. I think that’s the very definition of kitsch. It’s my definition, anyway…

Connie Francis, as unknown as she is today by anyone under the age of 50, was the top female vocalist of the late 50’s and early 60’s as well as acting in several popular movies. Famous for songs like ‘Who’s Sorry Now’ and’Where the Boys Are’ and many other hits, she recorded Vacation in ’62, and it perfectly evokes the teenage spirit of that era. I think one of the reasons I love these old songs so much is that they come from the time when my parents, and that entire generation that came right before my own, were in their teens and early twenties. These were the songs they were listening to on the radio, and the 45’s they were picking up at the record shops.

Like any good summer-themed song, Vacation evokes an idealistic summer….lots of fun, lots of sun, drive-in flicks, huggin’ and kissin’…

This one’s for today’s kids, who are celebrating the last day of school before their own V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N begins….Their choices in music may sound a bit different from the kids of 1962, but the emotions are all exactly the same. Boys and girls, havin’ lots of fun in the summer sun. Do you remember the last day of school before summer break? As a kid, especially a teenager, there was really no better time to be alive.

“V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N in the summer sun

Put away the books, we’re out of school
The weather’s warm but we’ll play it cool
We’re on vacation, havin’ lots of fun
V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N in the summer sun

We’re gonna grab a bite at the pizza stand
Write love letters in the sand
We’re on vacation and the world is ours
V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N under summer stars

Yeah, we’ll hop in a jalopy to a drive-in movie and never look at the show
We’re gonna hug and kiss just like this and I can’t wait to go, go, go

We’re gonna mashed potato to a jukebox tune
Park your car ‘neath an August moon
We’re on vacation till the start of the fall”


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Posted June 5, 2015 by brainstembob@yahoo.com in category "Music", "Spotify Playlist", "The Songs of Summer

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