The Lovin’ Spoonful’s Summer in the City 1966

“Gettin’ Dirt and Gritty’

Summer in the City

The Lovin’ Spoonful


Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirt 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

Please do enjoy this 1966 little ditty by The Lovin’ Spoonful, written by Mark Sebastian (brother of John Sebastian) and Steve Boone. Hit single of the ‘66 release of album, Hums of the Lovin’ Spoonful. The song reached the number one spot of the Billboard Hot 100 on August 13, 1966.

Interestingly and awesome enough, probably one of the reasons I used to love this song when my Dad would play it while we cleaned the car…

This song was intentionally recorded with a background series of car horns,during the instrumental bridge, starting with a Volkswagen Beetle horn, and ending up with a jackhammer sound, in order to give the impressions of the sounds of ‘the summer in the city.’

This little ditty ranks at a proud number 393 on Rolling Stones list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time!

3 thoughts on “The Lovin’ Spoonful’s Summer in the City 1966

  1. Muhammad A. says:

    Hmmmm good same taste music.

  2. Dan Reveal says:

    We have the same taste in music…and flowers..

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