In the Summertime

Album: In the Summertime (1970)
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  • In the summertime
    When the weather is high
    You can cherish my love
    And touch the sky

    When the weather is fine
    You got woman, you got woman on your mind
    Have a drink, have a drive
    Go out and see what you can find

    If her daddy's rich
    Take her out for a meal
    If her daddy is poor
    Just do as you feel

    Speed along the lake
    You can dine on a dollar 25
    When the sun goes down
    You can make it big and good and really fine

    We're not fine people
    We're not dirty, we're not mean
    We love everybody
    But we do as we please

    When the weather's fine
    We go fishing or go swimming in the sea
    We're always happy
    Lots of living yeah that's our philosophy
    Sing along with us, de, de, de, de, de
    Da, da, da, da, da, yeah we're hap-happy
    Do, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da

    When the winter's here
    Yeah, it's party time
    Bring your bottle wagon back
    'Cause it will soon be summertime
    And we'll sing again
    We'll go driving or maybe we'll settle down
    If she's great, if she's nice
    Bring you friends and we'll go into town

    In the summertime
    When the weather is high
    You can cherish my love
    And touch the sky

    When the weather is fine
    You got woman, you got woman on your mind
    Have a drink, have a drive
    Go out and see what you can find

    If her daddy's rich
    Take her out for a meal
    If her daddy is poor
    Just do as you feel

    Speed along the lake
    You can drown on a dollar 25
    When the sun goes down
    You can make it big and good and really fine

    We're not fine people
    We're not dirty, we're not mean
    We love everybody
    But we do as we please

    When the weather's fine
    We go fishing or go swimming in the sea
    We're always happy
    Lots of living yeah that's our philosophy
    Sing along with us, de, de, de, de, de
    Da, da, da, da, da, yeah we're hap-happy
    Do, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da
    Writer/s: Ray Dorset
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 30

  • Mark Cosslett from AucklandSuper rapey? Kevin- That is ridiculous.
  • Kevin from EdmontonSorry, but this song is super rapey, and also advocates drinking and driving (what's up with that Boston?). Seriously though, what an artifact.
  • Paul Connolly Optometrist from Cavan, IrelandI do home eye testing for people who are infirm and can’t leave there house. Many years ago (20 or more )I went to Crosskeys ( they used to switch strongboxes there on the old horse drawn carriages ) to test an elderly bed bound lady. Her son, probably in his sixties then, had returned from England to look after her.
    He told me, over a cup of tea, that he had worked as a carpenter in Pye studios and that he had strung up the microphone so it could be pushed out the window so that the car could be recorded.
    I texted all my music loving friends this info and they thought it was the coolest piece of rock trivia. I regret that I have no record of the man’s name and that I didn’t set up an interview with our local paper. Still, a link between a small farmer in rainy rural Cavan to “In the Summertime” ..........
  • Ana Luce from Fairfield CtWhat is the name of the music tv show in late 70s, that used this song as the opening song? first music show on television, ever
  • Scott from KaplanThese lyrics stand to be corrected such as to squash the debate over the meaning of "a ton or a ton and 25" Seen some good ideas about what those lyrics mean but those aren't the lyrics You get them by reading not by listening If you put on a pair of headphones you'll hear plainly that the line in the second verse is actually "You can dine or return the $25" which goes with "If her daddy's rich take her out for a meal" because he gave you the $25 to take her out for the meal At the time of the songs writing $25 would have bought you a nice meal For more interpretations by me see my page rockblog.rythmreview.com
  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenAccording to Wikipedia, this song ultimately sold 30 million copies, making it one of the most successful songs of all time.
  • Alan from East MidlandsI was at the Hollywood Festival in 1970 and whilst I have forgotten most of the acts that played Mungo Jerry was the highlight. Every time I hear that song it takes me back to when I was 19 and carefree.
  • Howard from St. Louis Park, Mn Mungo Jerry was one of the great one hit wonders of the early 70s. I was reading TS Eliot's Old Possom's Book of Practical Cats, the basis for the hit Broadway musical and megabomb movie Cats and found out the group was named after a character in one of his poems. In the summertime was such a great song that still gets played on oldies stations to this day.
  • Gabe from AustraliaThe most unusual thing about this song, to me, is that the second half is an exact dub of the first, same take, same mix, repeated until they fade it out. They must have thought it was so good that they'd just "copy+paste" it.
  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenDrove my mother nuts for going "Ch-ch-ch, uhh!" repeatedly after hearing this song in 1970.
  • Tom from Cols OhJust read the lyrics for the first time. It's funny when you learn a line is other than what you thought (for 45 years) as I thought it was "speed along the lake". What a great song, always takes me back in time.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 23rd 1970, the Grateful Dead* performed for the first time outside the U.S.A. when they appeared at the 'Hollywood Music Festival' in Staffordshire, England...
    Also on the bill were Mungo Jerry; and fifteen days later the quartet's "In the Summertime" would peak at #1 {for 7 weeks} on the United Kingdom's Singles chart...,
    And in the U.S.A. the song would entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart on July 5th at position #74 {See next post below}...
    Also appearing was Steppenwolf, and their "Hey Lawdy Mama" was at #39 on the Top 100 chart...
    * Later in 1970 on August 1st the Dead's "Uncle John's Band" would entered the Top 100 for a seven week stay, peaking at #69.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 5th 1970, "In the Summertime" by Mungo Jerry entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #74; and on September 5th, 1970 it peaked at #3 (for 1 week) and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100 (for 6 of those 13 weeks it was on the Top 10, and on its 13th and final week on the chart it was at #35)...
    The one week it was at #3, the #1 record was "War" by Edwin Starr and at #2 was "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Diana Ross (two Motown acts).
  • Bruce from San Jose, CaHey, is it just me, or does the keyboardist of Mungo Jerry look a lot like Wolfman Jack? I also used to think that there was a Mandolin in the music, but I guess it was the keyboard.....Interesting how a British band can sound like they came from a bluegrass hillbilly background, huh? This was a fav song of mine when I was a kid, I'd sing that over and over, not knowing what the words meant...Ah, Memories!
  • David Duggan from Los Osos, CaI had to rush to this sight after just hearing some of the music for this song on a 1931 MGM release Gems of MGM. During the opening credits about or more 12 bars of this song (instrumentally) played. I couldn't believe my ears.
    The Brox Sisters, Marion Harris, Benny Rubin, Belcher's Kiddie Ballet were the acts featured on this film. Though the song wasn't credited it was there all the same. I'll check it out further to see what I can come up with.
  • Fred from Laurel, MdMarvelous song! Surely I'm not the only one to notice the strong similarity of this to John Sebastian & the Lovin' Spoonful, particularly their 3rd single, "Daydream" (1966)? I adore both songs, BTW. The Spoonful started out as basically a skiffle/jug band, wouldn't you say?
  • James from Yucaipa, CaThe perfect summer song even 40 yrs later. 6/23/10
  • Steven from Los Angeles, Cafyodor, you pretty much have it right about what it means to "do a ton," although perhaps at the time of the song's writing, it might have referred to km/hr. I've heard it used in contexts which suggest it's long since morphed into general slang; the British equivalent to "hauling ass:" "He just went by here doing a ton."
  • Phil from Tucson, AzThis song reminds me of a neighbor I had when I was 13. He was a long distance truck driver and I used to ride along with him in the summer. Good times!
  • Wayne from Crockett, TxOne of my favorite songs, just because of the way it makes you feel. The sound toward the end of the song like a frog croaking is made in one of their early videos by blowing in the top of a big glass jug. Neat-o.
  • Patrick from Bremen, GaI remember hearing this song when I was a kid. I'll always associate it with a local channel that played it during the summer, advertising their summer programming lineup, I think mainly dealing with kids' shows.
  • Skyttles from Poolpartytopia, Czech Republichahaaha!! I like this song because it was in that kiddy movie...uhmm..."The Little Rascals" I remember watching that as a kid...
  • Frank from Brampton, Ontario, CanadaWhat an appropriate tune to play in the summertime!
  • Kevin from Liverpool, EnglandAs previously mentioned, this has been used in several ads. The most memorable in the UK was as part of an anti-drink-driving campaign. The ad shows a group friends enjoying a summer evening at the pub, having a really great time, before driving off. As the song gets to the "Have a drink, have a drive" line, the song echoes away to leave the scene of their car wreck rapped around a tree, steam pouring from the engine, with their blood-streaked bodies hanging out of the broken windows. Hard-hitting stuff!!
  • Joseph from Chicago, IlLast Fourth of July, When we were all watching fire works, someone played this song. It may sound weird, but it is the best song to listen to while watching fireworks on 4th of July
  • Fyodor from Denver, Co"Have a drink, have a drive"! They don't write songs like THAT anymore! :-) My girlfriend hates how they advocate treating rich women differently from poor women! What do they mean by a ton or a ton and twenty-five? Does that mean they want to drive 100 to 125 mph?
  • Don from Newmarket, CanadaMungo Jerry was a character from T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (which was later adapted and made into the musical Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber).
  • Dirk from Nashville, TnThere was actually a video of this song, featuring the band in what actually looked like the studio recording it. Very static. The group of them sat side by side with headsets and mikes and music stands, guitars, etc. It was similar in feel to some of the filmed studio performances you see in the Beatles movie Let It Be (which had come out just a few months earlier).... The weird thing about this song--no drums. Instead there's a guy making mouth sounds like you'd see 20 years later in the early rap performances.
  • David from Gosford, AustraliaI have the original 7" single at home - it is DORSET!
  • John from South Bend, InRay Dorset had his moment in the spotlight when his band, Mungo Jerry, recorded one of the biggest selling hits of 1970. A skiffle-style blues, "In The Summertime", sold more than thirty million copies worldwide and became a classic of the summer season. It topped the charts a second time when a version by Shaggy was featured in the film, Flipper. The song has also been recorded by Elton John and Bob Dylan. Dorset received two Ivor Novello awards as songwriter.

    Dorset was already a veteran performer when he formed Mungo Jerry in 1969. His first band, the Blue Moon Skiffle Group, featuring Phil Collins on drums, was formed when he was eleven years old.
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