Is The Livin' Easy In Summertime?

Is the livin’ easy in summertime?

Those blasted fish may be jumpin’,

But I am blowed if I can catch ‘em.

And as for the cotton, it may be high;

But do you know what you need to do

Before it can be used to make clothes.

Dad may be rich but none of it comes my way;

He spends it on fast horses and faster cars.

And Ma, she may be good lookin’;

But nobody sees her!

She is always gazin’ in the mirror,

Sayin’ to herself how beautiful she is.

The baby is so flamin’ noisy;

It never ever stops cryin’!

Me? Risin’ up singin’ ?

Have you heard my voice?

Do you want the neighbours to complain!

Spread my wings?  Take to the sky? That’s good!

I don’t like heights so I’m not flyin’ anywhere!

So nothin’ will harm me?

Have you seen that spider in the corner of my room?

Is big enough to eat me!

Mum! Dad! Where are you!



  • Teddy.15

    LOL first of all I love the sound, second how creative, a welcome bit of humour today dear Andy. Your adaptation is excellent lol

    • Goldfinch60

      Thank you Teddy. It is a wonderful song.


      • Teddy.15

        Yes I meant song, lol morning rush. X

      • orchidee

        Good write Gold LOL. So you're singing too now?!

      • dusk arising

        Oh dont knock it my friend, so far it's been lockdown then rain.... any excuse to get out into the sunny fresh air will be welcomed by this idle poet.

        Here's my fav version of summertime (incl great sax solo)

        • Goldfinch60

          I have been out in all weathers knocking seven bells out of the croquet balls, yesterday I was actually in short sleeved shirt, shorts and sandals playing the game.

          I like both the original version shown on hear and the Ella and Louis version.


        • Doggerel Dave

          Maximum stress in summertime, Andy…you’ve got to try to enjoy – not my summer, but yours…
          Oh yeh – wot about the lazy…

          ‘Hope the family situation works out… that spider must be terrifying – sounds like the DT’s to me – rehab after summer’s over…?

          • Goldfinch60

            Just a bit of fun Dave.

            Love the Nat King Cole song, as I do all of his music, including his jazz.


            • Doggerel Dave

              Yes - it was fun and I got caught up in that, Andy. Enjoyed immensely.

            • rosiedm

              Very witty made me grin
              All way through. 🤣🤣

              • Goldfinch60

                If I have made you grin rosie I have succeeded, thank you.


              • Neville

                ... maybe just a bit o fun but seriously good in my book .. thoroughly enjoyed sir and truly ...

                • Goldfinch60

                  Thank you Neville, much appreciated.


                • Jon Nakapalau

                  Wonderful - well done my friend.

                  • Goldfinch60

                    Thank you John, just a bit of fun.


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