Good Old Summertime

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Here's a great MIDI version of the original song:  Good Old Summertime (courtesy of pdmusic.org)

 

Here's a great version from 1906:

 

 

Good Ol' Summertime was published in 1902 and "sung with great success," by Stewart and Gillen.  The words are

by Ren Shields and the music by George Evans.  I did change the lyrics a bit for our kid's audience...here's the comparison:

 

 

 

The Original:
There's a time in each year that we always hold dear,
Good old summer time; With the birds and the treeses
and sweet scented breezes,   Good old summer time,
When your day's work is over then you are in clover,
and life is one beautiful rhyme, No trouble annoying,
each one is enjoying,   The good old summer time.
CHORUS 
In the good old summer time, in the good old summer time,
Strolling thro' the shady lanes, with your baby mine;
You hold her hand and she hold yours  and that's a very good sign
That she's your tootsey wootsey in the good old summer time.
To swim in the pool, you'd play "hooky" from school,
Good old summer time; you'd play "ring-a-rosie"
with Jim, Kate and Josie,   good old summer time,
Those days full of pleasure, we now fondly treasure,
when we never thought it a crime, to go stealing cherries,
with face brown as berries, good old summer time.
 
And Our Version:
(new lyrics in RED)
There's a time in each year that we always hold dear, 
Good old summer time; With the birds and the treeses
and sweet scented breezes,   Good old summer time,
When your day's work is over then you are in clover,
and life is one beautiful rhyme, No trouble annoying,
each one is enjoying,  The good old summer time.
CHORUS
In the good old summer time, in the good old summer time,
Strolling thro' the shady lanes, laughing all the time;
Sitting by the ocean surf, then diving into the brine
Those days full of pleasure, we now fondly treasure,
The good old summer time - 
 
To swim all day long, sing an old carefree song,
Good old summer time; Youd sip some ice tea
And play hide and seek, in the good old summer time,
Youd splash in a stream, its like living a dream, 
buying ice-cream for a dime.  To go picking cherries,
faces covered in berries, Good old summer time.