"Summertime" as written by Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin and Du Bose Heyward....
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    General CommentI hear this song as a black servant (employed to look after rich white children) singing to the baby she's looking after. It sounds like a happy song the first time you hear it, but every line is loaded with oppression - the servant sings to the baby of its fortune in life - "your daddy's rich and your ma is good-looking" knowing that owing to her own start in life, she will never have as much as this child is certain to have some day.
    The song is full of references to the legacy of slavery - references to cotton recalls the plantations, and while "one of these mornings" this baby will "spread its wings and take to the sky", but the singer never will - she will never truly be free.
    What confirms this for me is the music. If this was a happy song, it would be full of uncomplicated major chords. The dark lyricism of the music in this song makes me certain that it was never meant to be viewed as a happy song.
    cotignacon December 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt means to me that you should enjoy your childhood while you can, and for parents to make that possible by protecting their children.

    Beyond that, this is a beautiful song, it's sorta my lullabye, I sleep extra well after I am sent of by this beautiful duo.
    cadillac4lifeon November 13, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis is so amazing, especialy the trumpet intro, the first time u hear it you are taken aback, its very special, i actually heard the zombies version first, which is shit in comparison
    hoitsmithon December 07, 2006   Link

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