In the Heat of the Summer

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Judy Collins

Judith "Judy" Marjorie Collins (born May 1, 1939) is an American singer and songwriter, known for her eclectic tastes in the material she records (which has included folk, show tunes, pop, rock and roll and standards), and for her social activism. She is an alumna of MacMurray College, Jacksonville… more »

In the heat of the summer 
When the pavements were burning 
The soul of a city was ravaged in the night  After the city sun was sinkin'

Now no one knows how it started 
Why the windows were shattered 
But deep in the dark, someone set the spark 
And then it no longer mattered.

Down the streets they were rumbling 
All the tempers were ragin'
Oh, where, oh, where are the white silver tongues 
Who forgot to listen to the warnings?

On and On come the angry 
No longer following reason 
And all the stores were the target now
 Where just the other day they were buyin'

 Drunk with the memory of the ghetto  Drunk with the lure of the looting 
And the memory of the uniforms shoving with their sticks
Asking, ";Are you looking for trouble?";

"No, no, no," moaned the mayor.
"It's not the way of the order.
"Oh stay in your homes, please leave us alone 
"We'll be glad to talk in the morning."

"For shame, for shame," wrote the papers.
"Why the hurry to your hunger?
"Now the rubble's resting on your broken streets
"So you see what your rage has unraveled."

 Baricades sadly were risin'
 Bricks were heavily flyin'
And the loudspeaker drowned like a whisperin' sound 
When compared to the angered emotions 

And when the fury was over
And the Shame was replacing the anger.
So wrong, so wrong, but we've been down so long
And we had to make somebody listen
In the heat of the summer

Written by: PHIL OCHS

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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