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ADD: In the Good Old Summer Time (Shields/Evans)

Q (Frank Staplin) 16 Apr 13 - 07:30 PM
Jim Dixon 17 Apr 13 - 12:54 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 17 Apr 13 - 02:35 PM
Joe Offer 17 Apr 13 - 02:45 PM
Jim Dixon 18 Apr 13 - 07:39 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 18 Apr 13 - 11:30 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 18 Apr 13 - 11:32 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMER TIME(Shields/Evans
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 16 Apr 13 - 07:30 PM

IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMER TIME
(Words, Ren Shields; Music, George Evans)

There's a time in each year
that we always hold dear,
Good old summertime;
With the birds and the trees'es,
and sweet scented breezes,
Good old summertime,
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 through shady lanes,
With your baby mine;
You hold her hand and she holds yours,
And that's a very good sign--
That she's your tootsy wootsy in
The good old summer time.

To swim in the pools 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.

Waltz song sung in "The Defender," 1902.

Sheet music at American Memory.

Alternate title "In the Good Old Summertime"

See related thread (click)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: In the Good Old Summertime
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Apr 13 - 12:54 PM

It is interesting to note that in the sheet music (which I found, by the way, at the Archive of Popular American Music at UCLA, but not at The Library of Congress American Memory web site) gives "summer time" as two words, both in the sheet music cover and in the catalog.

That's an important thing to keep in mind when doing web searches. Search engines such as Google usually fail to find "summer time" when you search for "summertime" and vice versa, so you've got to search for both. Searches that are set up for particular web sites vary in the way they operate.

There is a tendency in the history of the English language for words that were formerly separate to become combined, with some historical overlap. A fun way to illustrate this is with Google Books Ngram Viewer.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: In the Good Old Summertime
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Apr 13 - 02:35 PM

Correct, I should have posted summer time as two words.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: In the Good Old Summertime
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Apr 13 - 02:45 PM

I corrected the main title, and added a an alternate title for ease of searching.
I think that over the last half-century, the trend has been to follow the German practice of combining words that are habitually used together. Week end became week-end, and then weekend, for example.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: In the Good Old Summertime
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Apr 13 - 07:39 AM

Joe: That's another good example. But there are some surprises. It looks like "week end" was never more popular than "week-end", but "weekend" surpassed them both around 1955. And the concept of a "week-end" appeared around 1900. Before that, I suppose, Saturday was a working day, so there was no reason to group Saturday and Sunday together.

See the Ngram for "week end,week-end,weekend".

I suppose this is a topic that deserves its own thread.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: In the Good Old Summertime
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 18 Apr 13 - 11:30 AM

In looking for words, lyrics, etc., quite often I enter only the first two or three words. I get additional, unrelated links, but sometimes they have been interesting.

In words like weekend, I am inconsistant in my writing.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: In the Good Old Summertime
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 18 Apr 13 - 11:32 AM

Inconsistent !


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