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Farm Boys Eating Ice Cream Cones
These farm boys might sing a song about ice cream in the summertime, 1941

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The Beginning of Summer
June 21, 2003

Everyone has a summer story. Songwriters have immortalized their summer experiences in numerous songs over the ages. In his song, "In the Good Old Summertime" (1902), lyricist Ren Shields declares:

There's a time in each year that we always hold dear,
Good old summertime;
With the birds and the trees,
And the sweet-scented breezes,
Good old summertime.

Collaborators George and Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward said, "Summertime, and the livin' is easy," in the song from the opera Porgy and Bess. What songs of summer do you sing?

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