Summertime è un classico jazz composto in origine (1935) dal pianista americano George Gershwin in versione strumentale. Quella interpretata da Janis Joplin ne rappresenta ad oggi una delle versioni vocali più importanti: fu incisa nel 1968 assieme al gruppo Big Brother and the Holding Company in occasione dell’album Cheap Thrills (che in origine si sarebbe dovuto intitolare “Sex, Dope And Cheap Thrills” ma non fu visto di buon occhio dalla Columbia Records), quello che sarebbe stato l’ultimo con la stessa Joplin prima di intraprendere la carriera solista.
Il brano, pubblicato come terza traccia dell’album, è stato riproposto nel 1993 con la compilation Janis, un’antologia molto completa in 3 cd contenente tutte canzoni più significative della sua carriera, dalle prime registrazioni del 1962 fino alle sessioni per l’album postumo Pearl, uscito solo dopo la morte della cantante nel 1970.

Testo con la tablatura per chitarra di Summertime.

Janis Joplin Summertime Guitar Tab Tablatura Spartito per Chitarra

(opening)
E------------------------------------14-17--15-14-15------
B---------------------------13-15-16-----------------15---
G------------------12-14-15-------------------------------
D---------------12----------------------------------------
A---------12-13-------------------------------------------
E-3-1--15-------------------------------------------------

E-15-14-15-----15-14-15-----------------------------------
B----------16-----------15-16-15--------------------------
G--------------------------------17-15-14-15-14-----------
D-----------------------------------------------17-16-17--
A---------------------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------

E---------------------------------------------------------
B----------16-15--15-----------------------15-------------
G-14-15-17-----------17-15-17--17-15-14-15----17--15--14--
D---------------------------------------------------------
A---------------------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------

E---------------------------------------------------------
B---------------------15--16-15---------------------------
G----------14--15--17-----------17-15-14-15-14------------
D-17-16-17-------------------------------------17-16--17--
A---------------------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------

E---------------------------------------------------------
B------------15--16-15------------------------------------
G-14--15--17-----------17-15-14---------------------------
D-------------------------------16------------------------
A---------------------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------

(verse)
E-------------------3-----------3-----------3-------------
B-----3-----3-----3---3-------2---2-------1---1-----------
G---3-----3-----3-------3---3-------3---3-------3---------
D-5-----4-----3-----------2-----------1-------------------
A---------------------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------

(verse fills - listen to song for timing) - Cm   D
E-------------------3-5-8-6-8b-8b-8b-8--------------------
B-------------3-4-6--------------------------4---7--------
G--------------------------------------------5---7--------
D--------------------------------------------5---7--------
A-------3-5-6--------------------------------3---5--------
E-3-5-6---------------------------------------------------

'...and take to the sky' (leads)
E-18b-18b--15----15---------------------------------------
B-------------18----18--15-18-18b-18b-18-15-18-15---------
G-------------------------------------------------18-17---
D---------------------------------------------------------
A---------------------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------

                       (2nd verse chords)
                      Gm  Bb    Cm D
E----------------------3-----3----------------------------
B----------------------3--3--3--4--7----------------------
G-15-17b-17b--15-17b---3--3--3--5--7----------------------
D----------------------5--3--5--5--7----------------------
A----------------------5--1--5--3--5----------------------
E----------------------3-----3----------------------------

(lead guitar break w/distortion)
E-15-14-15-----15-14-15-----15-14-15----------------------
B----------15-----------16-----------15-16-15-------------
G---------------------------------------------17-15-14----
D---------------------------------------------------------
A---------------------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------

E-------------------------------------------------15----14
B----------------15-----------------------------15----15--
G-15-14-------14----14/15--15\14----------14--15----14----
D-------17-16--------------------15----15-----------------
A-----------------------------------15--------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------

E---------------------------------------------------------
B-15-16-13-16----16-15-16----13-16-15-13-(REPEAT 1x)------
G-------------15----------15------------------------------
D---------------------------------------------------------
A---------------------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------

E---------------------------------------------------------
B----15-13-15-11-15-10-15-11-15-10-15---------------------
G-14------------------------------------------------------
D---------------------------------------------------------
A---------------------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------

E---------------------------------------------------------
B-----16-15-16-13-16-11-16-13-16-11-16--------------------
G--15-----------------------------------------------------
D---------------------------------------------------------
A---------------------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------

E---------------------------------------------------------
B----15-13-15-11-15----13-11-13-10-13----11-10-11-8-10----
G-14----------------12----------------10------------------
D---------------------------------------------------------
A---------------------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------

E----------------------10-----------10-----------11------14
B---10-8-10-7-8------12--12-------11--11-------13------15--
G-9----------------12------12---12------12---12------14----
D----------------12-----------12-----------13------16------
A----------------------------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------------------------

Summertime Testo Lyrics

Summertime,
Child, your living’s easy.
Fish are, fish are jumping out
And the cotton, Lord,
Cotton’s high, Lord so high.

Your dad’s rich
And your ma is so good-looking, baby.
She’s a-looking pretty fine to me now,
Hush, baby, baby, baby, baby now,
No, no, no, no, no, no, no,
Don’t you cry, don’t you cry.

One of these mornings
You’re gonna rise, rise up singing,
You’re gonna spread your wings, child,
And take, take to the sky,
Lord, the sky.

But until that morning,
Honey, n-n-nothing’s going to harm ya,
No, no, no no, no no, no…
Don’t you cry — cry.

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