Summertime
Ella Fitzgerald Lyrics


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Summertime, and the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy's rich and your ma is good lookin'
So hush, little baby, don't you cry

One of these mornings you're gonna rise up singing
Yes you'll spread your wings and you'll take to the sky
But 'til that morning, there's nothin' can harm you
With daddy and mammy standin' by

Summertime, and the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy's rich and your ma is good lookin'
So hush, little baby, baby don't you cry





Don't you cry

Overall Meaning

"Summertime" by Ella Fitzgerald is a classic jazz standard that has been covered by numerous artists since it was first written in the 1930s. The song is characterized by its bluesy melody and melancholic lyrics, which capture the essence of a lazy summer day. The opening lines, "Summertime, and the livin' is easy, fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high," paint a picture of a peaceful and idyllic rural setting in the American South. The singer describes the abundance of nature around them, with fish jumping out of the water and cotton fields ripe for harvest.


The song then turns its focus on the listener, who is described as coming from a privileged background. "Oh, your daddy's rich and your ma is good lookin', so hush, little baby, don't you cry," implies that the listener is surrounded by love and financial security. The refrain is repeated throughout the song, emphasizing the lyricist's message of providing comfort and assurance to the listener.


The lyrics are not purely joyful and celebratory, however. The line "One of these mornings you're gonna rise up singing, yes you'll spread your wings and you'll take to the sky" suggests that the singer is trying to encourage the listener to pursue their dreams and take risks. The phrase "But 'til that morning, there's nothin' can harm you, with daddy and mammy standin' by" reinforces the idea that the listener is fortunate to have a supportive family around them.


In conclusion, "Summertime" is a timeless classic that continues to resonate with listeners today. Its bluesy melody and melancholic lyrics capture the essence of a lazy summer day and provide comfort and reassurance to those who need it most.


Line by Line Meaning

Summertime, and the livin' is easy
It's summertime, which means life is relatively relaxed and simple.


Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high
Nature is thriving, with fish leaping and cotton crops reaching their peak.


Oh, your daddy's rich and your ma is good lookin'
You come from a well-off family with attractive parents.


So hush, little baby, don't you cry
You don't have any reason to worry, so be calm and quiet.


One of these mornings you're gonna rise up singing
One day, you will feel joyful and optimistic, and will express that through song.


Yes you'll spread your wings and you'll take to the sky
You will become independent and embark on a new journey.


But 'til that morning, there's nothin' can harm you
Until that time, you are safe and protected.


With daddy and mammy standin' by
Your parents are always there for you, providing support and guidance.


Summertime, and the livin' is easy
Again, it's emphasized that life is stress-free in the summertime.


Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high
Nature is still thriving, and this has become a repeating motif throughout the song.


Oh, your daddy's rich and your ma is good lookin'
This reassuring line is repeated to emphasize the sense of security that the singer wants the listener to feel.


So hush, little baby, baby don't you cry
The song ends on another note of comfort and reassurance, with a reminder that there's no reason to be upset.




Lyrics © Too Lost LLC, TuneCore Inc., BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, O/B/O DistroKid, Word Collections Publishing, Sentric Music, Peermusic Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Dorothy Heyward, Du Bose Heyward, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin

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@user-rx4ch4ju5s

Summertime, and the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy's rich and your ma is good-lookin'
So hush little baby, don't you cry
One of these mornings, you're goin' to rise up singin'
And you'll spread your wings and you'll take the sky
But 'til that mornin', there's a-nothin' can harm you
With daddy and mommy standin' by
One of these mornings, you're goin' to rise up singin'
And you'll spread your wings and you'll take the sky
But 'til that mornin', there's a-nothin' can harm you
With daddy and mommy standin' by



@infinityofdreams2630

Summertime and the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy's rich and your ma is good-lookin'
So hush little baby, don't you cry

[Verse 1]
One of these mornings
You're gonna rise up singing
Yes you'll spread your wings
And you'll take to the sky
But 'til that morning
There ain't nothin' can harm you
With Daddy and Mammy standin' by

[Chorus]
Summertime, and the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy's rich and your ma is good-lookin'
So hush little baby, don't you cry

Oh don't you cry
Oh don't you cry
Don't you cry
Oh don't you cry



All comments from YouTube:

@shastaevangeline8952

The best version ever. The sharpness of Louis' trumpet like a blistering sun and then the velvet of Ella like a cool waterfall. I loop this masterpiece.

@davidmilfred3809

Big mama thornton on sotoplay just as good

@remali7

@@davidmilfred3809 you have to listen to summer time from elia 1968 live that is the best for me but this one is 100 out of 100 to

@cschmidtwetekam

Is it just me, or does this sound even sweeter on a cold, rainy day?

@francinemasse950

I thing so

@Yew2023

Nah warm summer evening in a normally chilly country 😊

@crazywolf.971

I wish it was raining here it's way too muggy and hot

@pittypatterputzzler5311

A nice bubble champagne is perfect for legends like this. RIP.

@kathrynlacourt9643

1st album I ever bought ❤😊

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@ruthdixon7807

two entirely different vocal approaches - the smooth and the rough - yet equally resonant and effecting.

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