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Hot town, Summer in the City by Lovin Spoonful, August 1966. A good song for summer riots

June 6, 2020

“Summer in the City” by the Lovin’ Spoonful from their album Hums reached #1 on Billboard Hot 100, in August 1966,

Lyrics

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“Hot town, summer in the city

Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty

Been down, isn’t it a pity

Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city

All around, people looking half dead

Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head

But at night it’s a different world

Go out and find a girl

Come-on come-on and dance all night

Despite the heat it’ll be alright

And babe, don’t you know it’s a pity

That the days can’t be like the nights

In the summer, in the city, In the summer, in the city

Cool town, evening in the city

Dressing so fine and looking so pretty

Cool cat, looking for a kitty

Gonna look in every corner of the city

Till I’m wheezing like a bus stop

Running up the stairs, gonna meet you on the rooftop

But at night it’s a different world

Go out and find a girl

Come-on come-on and dance all night

Despite the heat it’ll be alright

And babe, don’t you know it’s a pity

That the days can’t be like the nights

In the summer, in the city In the summer, in the city

Hot town, summer in the city

Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty

Been down, isn’t it a pity

Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city

All around, people looking half dead

Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head

But at night it’s a different  world

Go out and find a girl

Come-on come-on and dance all night

Despite the heat it’ll be alright

And babe, don’t you know it’s a pity

That the days can’t be like the nights

In the summer, in the city In the summer, in the city”

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“The Lovin’ Spoonful

The Lovin’ Spoonful is an American rock band of the 1960s, named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. When asked about his band, leader John Sebastian said it sounded like a combination of “Mississippi John Hurt and Chuck Berry,” prompting his friend, Fritz Richmond, to suggest the name “Lovin’ Spoonful” from a line in Hurt’s song, “Coffee Blues”. [citation needed] more »”

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“About Summer in the City

“Summer in the City” is a song recorded by The Lovin’ Spoonful and written by John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian, and Steve Boone. It appeared on their album Hums of the Lovin’ Spoonful and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, in August 1966, for three consecutive weeks. The song features car horns and jackhammer noises during the instrumental bridge, to represent the sounds of a noisy city street. The song became a gold record. It is ranked #401 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  

 

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