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(1935) DuBose Heyward, George Gershwin

Summertime and the livin's easy,
Fish are jumpin', and the cotton is high.
Oh yo' daddy's rich and yo' ma is good lookin',
So hush, little baby, don' yo' cry.

One of these mornin's you goin' to rise un singin',
Then you'll spread yo' wings an' you'll take the sky.
But till that mornin', there's a-nothin' can harm you
With Daddy and Mammy standin' by.



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    martyezJun 7, 2008 at 5:32 pm
    Is summer idyllic? Hunh! One needs only to look behind the facade,
    to grasp the root of things. One learns to recognize the hidden currents,
    the prehistory of the apparent.
    For early man, a change of seasons could be a fearful thing.
    Would the old weather, the comfortable weather (the past), ever return?
    Will life be forever changed.
    One learns to dig below the surface of things, to uncover,
    to find causes, to analyze.
    Change is difficult. Painful.
    Spring is gentle. Breezes, soft rain.
    Dayum! Here come summer-- and seasonal separation anxiety.
    Summer is harsh. Thunder and lightning. Sturm und Drang!
    Disturbance, disruption, dismay. The disorientation it effects is visceral.
    Scary. It hurts. One needs to know, to be re-assured
    that mom and dad are, indeed, standing by.
    Here come the planes. Love hurts. Sun burns. Change kills.

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