The Songs of Summer #54: ‘Summer in the City’ by The Lovin’ Spoonful
OK, it’s time to stop messing around. Before summer slips away, it’s time to include one of the all-time greats in the Songs of Summer List. In fact, in my opinion, this may be the Song of Summer. It’s certainly been one of my favorite summertime songs for as long as I can remember. There’s no better way to start a July weekend than with ‘Summer in the City‘ by The Lovin’ Spoonful.
I don’t even really care much for The Lovin’ Spoonful, but damn if ‘Summer in the City‘ isn’t just about the most perfect song about summer ever recorded. I don’t know what it is about this song, whether it’s the automobile horn and jackhammer sound effects, the organ sound, or the spot-on lyrics, but this song makes you feel like it’s a hot summer day in the city.
Today, there’s hardly any change in the seasons. Whatever time of year, wherever we live in the country, it’s the same temperature indoors. Modern air conditioning has taken most of the misery out of a hot summer day for most of us. But it wasn’t too long ago when nobody had a/c, and when it got hot, everybody felt it. And in the city, there were few places to go to escape it. That’s what this song makes me think about… and about the sweet relief of the night, when at least some of the heat of the day escapes, making it the perfect time to go out, find a girl, dance all night.
And in the ‘Misheard Lyrics’ dept., my wife thought the lyric “Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head” was “walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a mattress.” Always makes me chuckle, and now that’s how I hear it. Thanks.
A number one hit song from the glorious summer of 1966, written by John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian, and Steve Boone, it’s ‘Summer in the City.’ Don’t you know it’s a pity that the days can’t be like the nights, in the summer, in the city…