Riff: The Lovin’ Spoonful – “Summer in the City”

Jun 26, 2014

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

from Summer in the City lyrics by The Lovin' Spoonful

This Spoonful classic not only celebrates urban summers and playfully chasing romance, but there’s a semi-subtle nod towards the night-owl life, too. Sebastian’s rhythmic, slightly raspy delivery is like a psychedelic 60’s version of rap, but it’s still less iconic than the keyboard part and lyrics; [LISTEN].

Riff by Karl Ernest

Karl is a Seattle-based musician and writer at SONGLYRICS; a veteran of both east and west-coast scenes, he has performed with the likes of The Ying Yang Twins, David Arquette, Wynton Marsalis, among others. But he's no stranger to seedy dives or house shows, either.

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