A bitter row has broken out today calling into question the veracity and political correctness of the sentiments expressed within the lyrics of Mungo Jerry’s iconic 70s chart-topping smash hit, ‘In the Summertime’.
Physicist, Dr William Glynn, says: ‘I’m afraid it’s time to debunk this classic as being nothing other than nonsense. Take for instance the opening line – ‘In the Summertime when the weather is hot, you can reach right up and touch the sky’. Well now, and not wishing to be seen as pedantic, but quite simply this is impossible. The average reach of even a tall person standing upright is about ten feet. The sky goes on to infinity. So it’s a claim that is obviously complete nonsense.’
And anti-drink driving pressure group, THINK, has added its weight behind the row. A spokesman commented: ‘The lyric, Have a drink, have a drive, go out and see what you can find, is quite the most irresponsible thing I have ever heard. NEVER have a drink and a drive under any circumstances whatsoever. It is a shocking notion to condone, worse even than the dubious message often sent out by these Rappers like Doggy Snoopy-Snoop and Mr Thingymabob who glorify all kinds of nefarious and downright criminal behaviour.’
However the song’s composer and lead singer with the group, Ray Dorset, was quick to defend the band’s position. He told BBC 6 Music’s Mark Radcliffe; ‘We’re not bad people, We’re not dirty, we’re not mean, we love everybody but we do as we please, when the weather’s fine, we go fishin’ or go swimmin’ in the sea. We’re always happy, life’s for livin’, yeah, that’s our philosophy.’
After hearing Dorset’s remarks Dr Glynn conceded: ‘Well I suppose that’s something. Fishing and swimming in the sea are entirely possible for most people irrespective of their height, and what’s more, they are activities considerably less dangerous or illegal than drink driving.’