Lazy, hazy and crazy as the next week or so may be in the Hamptons, the true dog days of summer may be behind us…or are they? If you go by the Ancient Roman calendar (that may be more of an up-Island thing), August 24 is the last in that canine course. The Old Farmer’s Almanac has them ending on August 11 (we couldn’t find a copy of The Young Farmer’s Almanac to corroborate), while an ancient copy of the Book of Common Prayer has them going into September (which is simply crazy, in our estimation—after Tumbleweed Tuesday, really?). Since there seems to be at least some room for debate, the latest selection in our Top 100 Songs of Summer Countdown embraces the lazy-hazy-crazy here and now.
Hamptons 100 Songs of Summer #15
“Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer” by Nat King Cole
Better known for chestnuts roasting on open fires than beach bonfires, for Jack Frost rather than Panama Jack, Nat King Cole put out an entire album inspired by the season 50 years ago, and the title cut remains a heartfelt homage to its particular charms. “In the Good Old Summertime” and “On a Bicycle Built for Two” certainly have their allure, but “Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer,” the last big hit for the legendary crooner, cuts right to the heart of feel-good, carefree existence summer brings:Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer Those days of soda and pretzels and beer Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer Dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer Just fill your basket full of sandwiches and weenies Then lock the house up, now you’re set And on the beach you’ll see the girls in their bikinis As cute as ever but they never get ’em wet Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer Those days of soda and pretzels and beer Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer You’ll wish that summer could always be here
Yes, we do.