Summertime



She told the sun when to shine
Told the sky just what to do
She said she told it all she'd been through
She made it blue

She warned the rain not to fall
Told the clouds where to go
You bet they went there 'cos she's in the know
I love her so

Here she comes again
Not sure what she said
Think I can raise the dead
This season's mine
Oh yeah... summertime

From the cool grey of the hallway
To the white heat on the stair
Every colour in its place
She put them there
But who was the genius that gave her the greenest
Eyes in the world

Here she comes again
Not sure what she said
Think I can raise the dead
This season's mine
Oh yeah... summertime

Here she comes again
Not sure what she said
Think I can raise the dead
This season's mine
Oh yeah... summertime


Lyrics by:
Squire

Available on:
Marshall's House (3.13)

Details:

In Summertime, Squire envisages the woman having mastery over the elements. Taking on a supernatural quality ("Think I can raise the dead..."), the sun rises and sets at her beck and call.

The scenes that Hopper created are notable by their stillness, and often just the slightest action - such as a gentle breeze rustling a curtain or an absent-minded stroke of a piano key - takes on an unspecified profundity. Summertime (1943) portrays a hot summer day - captured here by Squire's bright ringing guitars - with the short, heavy shadows of noon. The opened doorway remains in shadow, denying us a view of the interior beyond the patterned floor of the entrance. The woman's rounded form, revealed by her clinging translucent dress, contrast with the severe masonry. In his final years, Hopper seemed to focus more on the light itself than what it illuminated. In 'A Woman in the Sun' (1961) a nude woman stands in a room such that every shape of her body is defined by horizontal light streaming through a window. Two years later, in 'Sun in an Empty Room', he removes the figure and furniture altogether, and paints only the presence of light.

Top: Morning Sun (1952) by Edward Hopper.
Middle: A Woman in the Sun (1961) by Edward Hopper.
Bottom: Sun in an Empty Room (1963) by Edward Hopper.


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