"Long Hot Summer Days" as written by and John Hartford....
Gonna pick up some of them empties here
Just as soon as we know where they lay
Tied off of them jolly and leaving lines
On a long hot summer day
For every day I work on the Illinois River
Get a half a day off with pay
All day long I'm makin' up barges
On a long hot summer day

Well I got me a gal in Pekin
She's a good ol' gal okay
I bet she's sitting a window fan
On a long hot summer day
For every day I work on the Illinois River
Get a half a day off with pay
All day long I'm makin' up barges
On a long hot summer day

Last night we had port for supper
Today it'll be chicken consomme
And a fruit jar full of iced tea
On a long hot summer day
For every day I work on the Illinois River
Get a half a day off with pay
All day long I'm makin' up barges
On a long hot summer day

Well we put a man off in Beardstown
When we come down yesterday
I'm gonna off down at Alton
On a long hot summer day
For every day I work on the Illinois River
Get a half a day off with pay
All day long I'm makin' up barges
On a long hot summer day


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"Long Hot Summer Days" as written by John Hartford

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    General CommentI'm surprised this is listed with Sara Watkins as the songwriter.

    It was actually written by Mississippi Riverboat Pilot and minstrel
    John Hartford (before Sara was born) and release on the 1976
    album 'Mark Twang'. This was just one of dozens of his solo tunes,
    where he tried to capture the spirit of travelling the Mississippi
    on a riverboat...

    And he really was a licensed Riverboat Pilot!
    JCEbbingon August 20, 2010   Link
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    General Comment
    Just an afterthought here... I've heard Sara Watkins version of Hot Summer
    Day, and it really is sweet. If John Hartford was still around, it'd do him
    proud. Rest in Peace, old friend!
    JCEbbingon August 20, 2010   Link
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    General Commentwhat is a jolly and leaving line?
    davidgottabiteon July 27, 2011   Link

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