13. Summertime
Joy Album by Denis Sorenson (CD)
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Words by DeBose Herward
Music by George Gershwin

If ever there was a song worth repeating, it's this one. Taken from the great American opera, Porgy and Bess, this is an evergreen among evergreens. Transcending the elements of color or class, the lyrics speak simply, eloquently of the love of parent for child. We hope you like our arrangement of it.

Lyrics

Summertime, and the livin' is easy,
Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high.
Oh, your Daddy's rich, and your mama's good lookin'
So, hush little baby, don't you cry.

One of these mornin's you're gonna rise up singin'
Then you'll spread your wings, and you'll take to the sky
But 'till that mornin' there ain't nothin' can harm you
With Daddy and Mammy standin' by.

Summertime, and the livin' is easy,
Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high.
Oh, your Daddy's rich, and your mama's good lookin'
So, hush little baby, don't you cry.

One of these mornin's you're gonna rise up singin'
Then you'll spread your wings, and you'll take to the sky
But 'till that mornin' there ain't nothin' can harm you
With Daddy and Mammy standin' by.