"Summertime" as written by Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin and Du Bose Heyward....
Summertime, time, time,
Child, the living's easy
Fish are jumping out
And the cotton, Lord,
Cotton's high, Lord so high

Your daddy's rich
And your ma is so good-looking, baby
She's a-looking good now,
Hush, baby, baby, baby, baby now,
No, no, no, no, no, no, no,
Don't you cry, don't you cry

One of these mornings
You're gonna rise, rise up singing,
You're gonna spread your wings, child,
And take, take to the sky,
Lord, the sky

But until that morning,
Honey, n-n-nothing's going to harm ya,
No, no, no no, no no, no,
Don't you cry, don't you cry

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"Summertime" as written by George Gershwin Du Bose Heyward


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    General Commenti really like this song. she sings it so well. i think it was originally part of a musical, and so it prolly had something to do with that story.
    emma.leeon July 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti'm not sure if it was ever in a musical, but it is one of my favorite songs of hers, she has so much passion in her voice.
    CeeJaion October 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah I dont know about the whole musical thing but its an amazing song.
    showerheadon May 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt was originally by Billie Holiday. (At least that is the earliest recording I can find.) One of my friend's grandmother's told me it was originally a duet of some sort. I'm not really sure. Anyone that knows, I would very much like to know.

    Anyway, Janis does this song better than any version I've heard. She's so unique. Also, does anyone know if Jimi Hendrix did guitar for this song?
    loveyon June 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's from the opera "Porgy and Bess" (1934), composed by George Gerswhin with the lyrics for "Summertime" written by DuBose Heyward. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong used to sing it as a duet, but I don't know if it was one in the opera. As for for the earliest recording, I have no clue. It could easily be Billie Holiday, but I've heard a version by Bessie Smith that might predate it.

    As for this version, no it's not Hendrix but Sam Andrew and James Gurley on guitar.
    penitenziagiteon October 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis version differs from the Gershwin original, not just in the lyrical content, but also in the style. I sing the _original_ while I work (along with a great number of numbers), and could not possibly get myself around Janis' version. It is so damn soulful; I hope I never get so low, and wonder if I can get that high.
    Libraquariuson October 15, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti really love the intro guitar solo its so beautiful this song has so much feeling
    Niamon December 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI'd love to get this one. The Ella and Louis version of it has been one of my favorites, it's beautiful.
    cadillac4lifeon February 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentsooo good. it's my song.
    subterranean_summeron December 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentA lot of Janis stuff from around this time sounds like Hendrix stuff. They probably influenced each other, but it's interesting that such a unique guitarist should sound so like somebody else, if you see what I mean.
    cotignacon December 21, 2005   Link

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