Summer in the City
John Sebastian Lyrics


Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn't it a pity
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city

All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head

But at night it's a different world
Go out and find a girl
Come-on come-on and dance all night
Despite the heat it'll be alright

And babe, don't you know it's a pity
That the days can't be like the nights
In the summer, in the city
In the summer, in the city

Cool town, evening in the city
Dressing so fine and looking so pretty
Cool cat, looking for a kitty
Gonna look in every corner of the city
Till I'm wheezing like a bus stop
Running up the stairs, gonna meet you on the rooftop

But at night it's a different world
Go out and find a girl
Come-on come-on and dance all night
Despite the heat it'll be alright

And babe, don't you know it's a pity
That the days can't be like the nights
In the summer, in the city
In the summer, in the city

Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn't it a pity
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city

All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head

But at night it's a different world
Go out and find a girl
Come-on come-on and dance all night
Despite the heat it'll be alright

And babe, don't you know it's a pity
That the days can't be like the nights
In the summer, in the city
In the summer, in the city

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs, BMG Rights Management, CARLIN AMERICA INC
Written by: John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian, Steve Boone

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Comments from YouTube:

Bachagaloop Jones

I think he sounds cool on this song. It's like a punk rock update. It's fitting. Hey no one sounds the same. Bob Dylan for instance. Leonard Cohen. Very few guys have that same tone into their 40's 50's and beyond

Lone Wolf Rider

+Doomsday NV I agree. He sounds amazing here, despite his throat problems. It sounds a bit better if you ask me.

frank dracmann

The 2 pac of camels a day have taken it's toll on Sebastian voice.

LODGE4444

I saw John perform at a park on Long Island NY a few years back - he's really lost his voice. It's a shame, really. The Lovin Spoonful were GREAT !!!

Riccardo Condorelli

at least we still have Joe Butler (now the main vocalist for the Spoonful) who has a great voice and very similar to Sebastian's one

kyle den

after all these years, these guys still kick ass

nokewan

I agree that it's not the best version of the song here on youtube. Dreadful however is exaggerated. It is a live performance and just an historical document. This was part of the 1986 'Night at the Fillmore" 20th anniversary celebration. It's not even the original line-up of the Lovin Spoonful, I believe.

shucksful

Hey, they played it with A LOT of heart! Excellent version, imho.

Kerry Cosner

Great song, not so great version. Amazing legendary musicians should review their performances periodically to maintain integrity of their performance, as well as assure the legacy of the original composition. JMO.

tantraman10

Only 2 of the originals Steve Boone and John. No Zal Yanovsky or Joe Butler... That's the original four!

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