IT’S SUMMERTIME! #WRITEPHOTO – Marilyn Armstrong

Thursday photo prompt: Summer #writephoto


Summer in England

The Jamies were an American singing group
Single Released in 1958
Chart: Peaked at No.26 on The Billboard Hot 100 in 1958

There’s a long, interesting history of “Summertime” and its historic relationship to Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox. It is possibly the oldest tradition in American baseball! I remember when the song was popular on the radio and singing it with my friends. For some reason, this is one song that always makes me feel like a gentle breeze is blowing and I can smell the freshly mown grass.

Sherm Feller, who wrote “Summertime, Summertime,” was an old pal of Garry’s as well as the public address announcer at Fenway Park for many years. He was known for playing the song regularly over the speakers at the park.

Read all about Sherm Feller and his song …

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Summertime, Summertime Lyrics


It’s summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime summertime …

Well shut them books and throw em away
Say goodbye to dull school days
So come on and change your ways
It’s summertime …Well no more studying history
And no more reading geography
And no more dull geometry
Because it’s summertime.

It’s time to head straight for them hills
It’s time to live and have some thrills
Come along and have a ball
A regular free-for-all.

Well are you comin’ or are you ain’t
You slow-pokes are my one complaint
Hurry up before I faint
It’s summertime.

Well I’m so happy that I could flip
Oh how I’d love to take a trip
I’m sorry teacher but zip your lip
Because it’s summertime.

It’s time to head straight for them hills
It’s time to live and have some thrills
Come along and have a ball
A regular free for all.

Well we’ll go swimmin’ every day
No time to work just time to play
If your folks complain just say,
It’s summertime.

And every night we’ll have a dance
Cause what’s a vacation without romance
Oh man this jive has me in a trance
Because it’s summertime.

It’s time to head straight for them hills
It’s time to live and have some thrills
Come along and have a ball
A regular free for all
It’s summertime.

It’s summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime! It’s summertime!

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. Retired! Yay!

26 thoughts on “IT’S SUMMERTIME! #WRITEPHOTO – Marilyn Armstrong”

      1. Marilyn, we were getting to that last night when Trevor mentioned, on “The Daily Show”, “summer camp” in his smack down of Cheeto Head’s Space Force. I recall many of the songs we sang around camp fires. Lutheran Summer Camp at Silver Bay, New York. “We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder” was one of my favorites. I can see the fireflies lighting the sky as we sat in a circle, drinking “bug” juice and sang our young hearts out. Magic moments.

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    1. Sue, I was a little “bowled over” when I first met Sherm in ’70 at Fenway Park. He was legendary, to baseball fans, as the gravelly PA of the Red Sox. He sat down with me in his “cozy” booth, shared scotch in paper cups and sang “Summertime, Summertime, all while giving me an oral history of the olde town team going back some 40 years. He asked how I liked his song, his oral presntation and the scotch. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Sherm was to the Boston Red Sox as Bob Shepherd was to the New York Yankees. Legends!

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    1. Kiki, summer camp remains a pleasant memory all these years later. Our Pastor had a deep voice and sang German folk songs along with songs like “Jacob’s Ladder”. We also sang medleys of pop favorites like “In The Good Old Summertime”, “On Moonlight Bay” and “By The Light of the Silvery Moon”. There was a lot of “spoonin'” going on in our youthful group.

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    1. I remember when the Jays took the series two years in a row. It was the first — only — non-USA team to win the World Series and it was kind of satisfying. At least it meant there was more to the world than the US!

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    2. Leslie, I feel sorry for John Gibbons at those post game sessions as he patiently answers the same stupid questions. Jays need to rebuild. I hope they’re re-plentishing the farm system.

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        1. They ARE rebuilding and teams are terrible while they are putting themselves back together. It happens to every team. Our team is shockingly good this year. NO ONE expected it to be this good, including us … but we’ve gone through 5 years of rebuilding since we won in 2013. Two years ago we were as bad as the Jays. I think maybe worse. And we had a really expensive team that couldn’t pitch, couldn’t hit, couldn’t field … and we were paying them really big money, too.

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  1. We’re watching an Aussie series, “Bed Of Roses”. We like it. Rom-com soaper with old fashion warmth. Love the title song.
    “I fell asleep on a bed of roses….and I woke up, sleeping on a bed of nails”. It’s catchy. I find myself singing and finger tapping along with the music. The dogs aren’t impressed.

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    1. It has the same effect and Garry and I, too — for slightly different reasons. For me, it’s being almost a teenager and singing this with friends. For Garry, it’s being friends with the guy who wrote it and singing along when he played it at Fenway Park. But it’s such a HAPPY song, you just have to smile.

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