“Oh Lord, I got to raise a fuss, Lord I got to raise a holler About a workin’ all summer just to try to earn a dollar.”-Cochran & Capehart
What a great summer song. I remember the 1967 version by Blue Cheer and the July 11th, 1970 release by The Who. Summertime Blues was written by Rock ‘N Roller, Eddie Cochran and his manager,Jerry Capehart. Summertime Blues continues to make anyone who hears it, join in and sing.
Just an aside: the lyrics are still relevant today since there are still too few jobs for teenagers during their summer breaks. “Summer is around the corner, temperatures are heating up, and teens are getting ready for that quintessential rite of passage: the summer job. It used to be that teens could expect to find a summer job as quickly as pop-up summer showers appear in Florida. But times have changed. Now, the teen unemployment rate is at 24 percent, and as the country still struggles with a slow economic recovery, the ease with which teens used to be able to find seasonal work has all but evaporated.”-Emily Neill, The Boston Globe, 6/6/13
That is surely something to have the Summertime Blues about!
Blue Cheer on American Bandstand, 1968:
The Who Live 1969