August 8

The Songs of Summer #68: ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’ by The Drifters

drifters-saturday-nightSummer movies. That’s today’s theme. I’m going to guess that for many of us, hitting the movie theater is a top summertime activity; much more so than hitting the beach, or the pool, or the boat. I know, that stuff forms the basis of almost every summer song, but it’s not the reality most of us live in. But that’s why I love these Songs of Summer so much…They’re fantasy, for the most part. They were created to distract us for 2 or 3 minutes at a time from the humdrummery of our real lives. That’s why they’re so great, and so important.

But summer means the movies, too. Especially for the younger set, who are the core demographic for most summertime movies; the superhero flicks, the big action pictures, the popcorn movies. For the rest of us, we’ve got the memories of those teenage years spent at the theater, and we’ve got the escape these summertime movies provide, not just for 2 or 3 minutes, but 2 or 3 hours.

Even with all of the electronic distractions of today’s smartphone-obsessed society, it’s reassuring to me that most kids are still going to the movies. And yes, I know it’s horribly expensive, and it can be aggravating to deal with the talking, and the texting, and all the other annoyances that happen when a group of humans gather…but there is still, and will always be, a certain element of magic that happens in a darkened theater, when the lights go down and the larger-than-life moving pictures hit the big screen.

‘Saturday Night at the Movies’ by The Drifters was a #18 hit song in 1964…among the last in a long line of classic tunes. This song never fails to make me happy. Sure it’s a bit cheesy; that just makes me love it more. It’s Saturday: what movie are you going to see tonight?

“Well, Saturday night at eight o’clock
I know where I’m gonna go
I’m a-gonna pick my baby up
And take her to the picture show
Everybody in the neighborhood
Is dressing up to be there, too
And we’re gonna have a ball
Just like we always do

Saturday night at the movies
Who cares what picture you see
When you’re hugging with your baby
Last row in the balcony?

Well, there’s Technicolor and Cinemascope
A cast out of Hollywood
And the popcorn from the candy stand
Makes it all seem twice as good
There’s always lots of pretty girls
With figures they don’t try to hide
But they never can compare
To the girl sitting by my side

Saturday night at the movies
Who cares what picture you see
When you’re hugging with your baby
Last row in the balcony?”

Writer(s): Cynthia Weil, Barry Mann
Copyright: Screen Gems-emi Music Inc.

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Posted August 8, 2015 by in category "Music", "Songs of Summer", "Spotify Playlist

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