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And the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin'
And the cotton is high

Oh, Your daddy's rich
And your mamma's good lookin'
So hush little baby
Don't you cry

One of these mornings
You're going to rise up singing
Then you'll spread your wings
And you'll take to the sky

But until that morning
There's a'nothing can harm you
With your daddy and mammy standing by

And the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin'
And the cotton is high

Your daddy's rich
And your mamma's good lookin'
So hush little baby
Don't you cry

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  • U
    UnregisteredJul 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm
    I feel like so many of us get upset without really considering the intent. Yes, in the old south, the "mammy" was a servant- perhaps even a slave. The meaning is deeper. It's about life. Summer time is the time to be enjoying what god has given you. A time for sowing and reaping, yes, also a time to give thanks for the protections you have. And then one day you will "fly away"- but be at peace- you are being cared for. Your rich daddy may be a reference to a privileged child then, but it's also a reference to all of us- who have a heavenly father. My two bits.
  • d
    Don-Thibs Thibodeau-WandaFeb 24, 2013 at 5:22 am
    Wanda says. While ejoying my morning coffee and the view this morning I thought of this song. I just can't get that song out of my head! LOL! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3.
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    Chris MiccolupiSep 15, 2013 at 4:08 am
    This was my lullaby as a kid found a verson sung by Kathleen. Battle brought a tear to my eye. Love you mom.
  • U
    UnregisteredDec 18, 2011 at 11:39 pm
    I was just sitting here singing summertime to my 6 week old granddaughter in a successful attempt to get her to go to sleep. I thought of the original intent of the song - a simple slow moving song to quieten a crying baby and the way it is sung today with big bands and screeching sopranos - the meaning has been lost!
  • U
    UnregisteredMay 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm
    This song is a lullaby. For their community porgy is the rich man of the community and bess is the beauty. So she isn't selling a hope and a dream she is reassuring the baby and calming him to sleep like any mother would do in the summer time in a fishing community.

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