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Summertime
Charlie Parker Lyrics


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It's summertime and the living is easy
Fish are jumping and the cotton is high
Your daddy's rich and your mama's good-looking
Hush, little baby don't you cry
Don't cry, don't cry, don't cry
No no no no
Don't cry, don't cry

One of these mornings you're gonna rise up singing
You spread your wings and take to the sky
But until that morning there is nothing can harm you
With your daddy and mommy standing by
They are standing by, I know, don't cry

Summertime, summertime, summertime
and the living is, living is easy
Fish are, I know the fish are jumping
and cotton is so high
Your daddy is so, so rich and your mama good-
She had to be good-looking
So hush, little baby, don't you cry
Don't you cry, no no, don't cry
No need to cry, don't cry, don't cry
Summertime, summertime

Overall Meaning

Charlie Parker's Summertime is a song that explores the peacefulness and freedom of summer. It describes how the fish are jumping and the cotton is high, and the living is easy. It celebrates the fact that during summer, people take a break from the pressures of the year and enjoy the simple things in life. The song suggests that summer is a time to relax and have fun.


The second stanza of the song talks about hope and the inevitable change that comes with time. The lyrics "One of these mornings you're gonna rise up singing, you spread your wings and take to the sky" suggest that the singer is encouraging someone to keep hope alive, despite the challenges they may be facing. The phrase "With your daddy and mommy standing by, they are standing by, I know, don't cry" is a reassuring message that encourages the listener to have faith in the support of their loved ones.


Overall, the song is a beautiful ode to summer and the hope for a better future. It encourages the listener to enjoy the present moment while being hopeful of the future.


Line by Line Meaning

It's summertime and the living is easy
The arrival of summer means life is simple and enjoyable.


Fish are jumping and the cotton is high
The abundance of fish and tall cotton crops show how fruitful the season is.


Your daddy's rich and your mama's good-looking
Growing up in a privileged household where your parents are wealthy and attractive is ideal.


Hush, little baby don't you cry
The singer tells the child not to worry or stress about anything.


Don't cry, don't cry, don't cry
The repetition of this line emphasizes that crying isn't necessary or helpful.


No no no no
The singer reinforces the message that crying isn't necessary.


One of these mornings you're gonna rise up singing
The singer is confident that the child will wake up one day feeling happy and inspired to sing.


You spread your wings and take to the sky
The child will metaphorically soar and reach their full potential.


But until that morning there is nothing can harm you
The singer wants the child to feel safe and protected because nothing bad can happen until that day comes.


With your daddy and mommy standing by
The child's parents will always be there to support, guide, and love them unconditionally.


They are standing by, I know, don't cry
The singer reiterates that the child's parents will always be there, and crying isn't necessary.


Summertime, summertime, summertime
The repetition of this word emphasizes the joy the singer feels about summer.


and the living is, living is easy
The singer repeats this phrase to reinforce how carefree and enjoyable summer is.


Fish are, I know the fish are jumping
The singer repeats this phrase to highlight the abundance and liveliness of the fish.


and cotton is so high
The cotton crops are tall and thriving, showing how fruitful the season is.


Your daddy is so, so rich and your mama good-
The singer repeats this phrase to emphasize the child's ideal upbringing.


She had to be good-looking
The child's mother is likely to be attractive because of the child's good genes.


So hush, little baby, don't you cry
The singer concludes the song by reminding the child to remain calm and happy.


Don't you cry, no no, don't cry
The singer repeats this phrase one last time to drive home the point that crying isn't necessary or helpful.


No need to cry, don't cry, don't cry
The final repetition of this phrase emphasizes the message that crying isn't necessary or helpful.




Lyrics © TuneCore Inc., BMG Rights Management, Sentric Music, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Dorothy Heyward, Du Bose Heyward, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin

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