Some Like It Hot

July 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

One never knows from where inspiration will come. Almost 30 years ago, The Power Station released its biggest hit “Some Like It Hot”. I was reminded of that song while thinking back on this past Fourth of July weekend, a weekend where temperatures in our part of the country reached triple digits. I don’t mind it hot, but I don’t like it that hot.

In addition to the hot weather, the weekend produced one other thing – the song lyrics below, directly inspired by the heat. As envisioned when writing the lyrics, the song has a bit of a Latin flavor (I guess) with some accentuating horns and alternates between a slightly more up-tempo rhythm and a slightly slower beat, all a bit staggered, hinting at syncopation.

This Hot Summer Night

Feel the heat –
Coming off the street
You start to sweat –
But the worst ain’t over yet
Despite your pleas –
This heat will bring you to your knees
And there’s no relief in sight
From this hot summer night –

105 in the shade and the temperature’s rising
Everyone’s ‘bout to explode and it isn’t surprising
Hard to stay cool –
Out in the street –
Feels like the concrete is melting under your feet

(instrumental:)

There’s no escape –
You’re burning inside –
Feels like you’re headed to Hell – like you’ve already died

Feel the heat –
Coming off the street
You start to sweat –
But the worst ain’t over yet
Despite your pleas –
This heat will bring you to your knees
And there’s no relief in sight
From this hot summer night –

Mercury’s rising and there’s not a breeze to be found
There’s no reprieve from the heat – feel the sun beating down
Nowhere to run –
No end in sight –
Hoping somehow you can make it through this sweltering night

Feel the heat –
Coming off the street
You start to sweat –
But the worst ain’t over yet
Despite your pleas –
This heat will bring you to your knees
And there’s no relief in sight
From this hot summer night –

(Repeat:)
(Music out:)

© 2014 Walt Huntsman. All rights reserved.

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