Have you heard Mungo Jerry's 1970 hit "In The Summertime?"
If you've seen Wedding Crashers or Mr. Deeds then you have. The song,when given a quick listen, seems like a goofy ballad praising thecarefree days of summer with a bizarre a cappella background. But haveyou ever actually listened to the lyrics? I'll post bits of the song as this progresses. For now, let's examine the first verse.
In the summertime when the weather's high,
you can stretch right up and touch the sky,
when the weather's fine,
you got women, you got women on your mind.
Have a drink, have a drive,
go out and see what you can find.
Sounds peaceful enough, right? WRONG. Sure, when theweather is nice outside I'll be in the sun enjoying the elements (aslong as I'm not distracted by any number of videogames, that is) and Icertainly have women on my mind, but the fourth line is the firstsignal that this song is asking for trouble. "Have a drink, have adrive." Alone, these are two relaxing pastimes, assuming you don'tdrive in heavy traffic. But when paired together with a comma, implyinga sequence, Mungo Jerry is saying you should drink and then drive. Yes,the band wants you to drink and drive! That's a big middle finger toD.A.R.E. and M.A.D.D. and probably some other acronym. Next verse.
If her daddy's rich, take her out for a meal.
If her daddy's poor, just do as you feel.
Speed along the lane,
Do a ton, or a ton and twenty-five.
When the sun goes down, you can make it,
make it good in a lay-by.
This one has a problem right off the get-go. Reread the first twolines. If she has a rich family, treat her nicely. If she's poor, treather however you want. Take advantage of her for all the band cares;she's poor and therefore doesn't deserve to be treated like a richgirl. What is this, eighteenth century France? If the last thing any ofthose guys saw before they died was a basket, then yes, it is indeedFrance in the 1700s.
We're not gray people, we're not dirty, we're not mean.
We love everybody, but we do as we think.
When the weather's fine
we go fishing or go swimming in the sea.
We're always happy,
life's for living, yeah, that's our philosophy.
Great, now they think they're animorphing aliens. Or they could be stoned. It was written in 1970, after all.
The last two verses are of little consequence. If you really want to read them
Sing along with us, dee-dee-dee-dee-dee.
Da-da-da-da-da Yeah, we're happy happy,
See? What are you going to get out of that, other than the fact thatthe songwriter was probably high as a kite and couldn't think of real words? The last verse
When the winter's here, then it's party time.
Bring a bottle, wear your bright clothes.
It'll soon be summertime, and we'll sing again,
we'll go drivin' or maybe we'll settle down.
If she's rich, if she's nice,
bring you're friends and we'll all go into town.
It seems while writing this song, the band forgot what season they werepraising. Now they're making winter plans. What's up with the lastcouple lines? Are they going to run train on some high class prostitute?
Whenever a song appears on reliable news sources like Fox News orWikipedia or Yahoo! Answers for being harmful to children, nine timesout of ten it's a rap song or a crappy 1980s rock song. This facade ofcomfort will make parents let their children to anything prior to the1980s since everything was pure before computers could fit in onenormal sized room. Don't be fooled! Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime"is undeniable proofthat songs written during Richard Nixon's term in the White Housearen't all pure! In fact, I'm sure if you looked at every song writtenbetween the late 60s and early 70s you could find four, maybe even five more songs like this.
You have been warned!