"Summer in the City" as written by Mark Sebastian, Steve Boone and John Sebastian....
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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"Summer in the City" as written by Mark Sebastian Steve Boone

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    General CommentThis song is very Hot
    magicon April 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorite old songs.
    Jarcandaon August 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentawesome song!
    Sandman3987on January 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat city are they talking about? NYC???
    craigbenjion March 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentProbably Houston, the summers are pretty intense.
    Allison~!@on August 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe song is about NYC written by john sebastian's younger brother mark and his first full summer there.
    coonwahon October 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI find it amazing how much this song sounds like modern indie and some pop rock.
    rmiller415on May 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentPretty clear to me what this song's about. I love it, it's incredibly catchy and always gets stuck in my head.
    BB10DANisthebesthgon April 02, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about the city being really hot and everyone being too hot to do anything, but when night comes the city is cooler and everyone is partying and having a good time because it's summer.
    MsListeneron April 21, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThe last commenter is probably right.

    But the funny thing about it is the especially with The Spoonful being from NYC and the fact it gets cold and snowy there in the winter, I'd be outside taking in the heat instead of the cold.
    MIKEBENNIDICTon September 05, 2015   Link

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