Cruel Summer

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All That I'm Living For
Anything for You
Anywhere
Artifact/The Turn
Ascension of the Spirit
Away from Me
Before the Dawn
Better Without You
Bleed
Blind Belief
Breathe No More
Bring Me to Life
Broken Pieces Shine
Call Me When You're Sober
Catherine
Cloud Nine
Demise
Disappear
End of the Dream
Erase This
Eternal
Even in Death
Everybody's Fool
Exodus
Far From Heaven
Farther Away
Feeding the Dark
Field of Innocence
Forever You
Forgive Me
Give Unto Me
Going Under
Good Enough
Haunted
Hello
Hi-Lo
If You Don't Mind
Imaginary
Imperfection
Instrumental 1
Instrumental 2
Instrumental 3
Instrumental 4
Lacrymosa
Lies
Like You
Listen to the Rain
Lithium
Lose Control
Lost in Paradise
Made of Stone
Me & You
Missing
My Heart Is Broken
My Immortal
My Last Breath
Never Go Back
New Way to Bleed
Oceans
October
Origin
Overture
Part of Me
Perfect Dream
Say You Will
Secret Door
Sick
Snow White Queen
So Close
Solitude
Spanish
Surrender
Sweet Sacrifice
Swimming Home
Take Cover
Taking Over Me
The Chain*
The Change
The End
The Game is Over
The In-Between
The Last Song I'm Wasting on You
The Only One
The Other Side
Together Again
Tourniquet
Understanding
Unknown Title
Unraveling
Use My Voice
Wasted on You
Weight of the World
What You Want
Where Will You Go?
Whisper
Yeah Right
You Got a Lot to Learn
Your Love
Your Star
* Cover songs


General information

Written by: Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward, Steve Jolley, Tony Swain

Cruel Summer is a song by the English-Irish girl group, Bananarama. It was released in 1983 from their 1984 self-titled second album. Amy Lee and Troy McLawhorn covered the song as part of the acoustic live stream for Metal Hammer Germany on June 4, 2020. The song was released as a bonus track on the Target and Japanese editions of Evanescence's fifth studio album, The Bitter Truth.

Amy said this about the cover:

Vin1.jpg I don't know about you guys, but so many songs have seemed to take on a new and deeper meaning during this [COVID-19 pandemic] time, and that's one of those for me. Vin2.jpg


Click here to listen to Evanescence's cover.

Click here to listen to the original song by Bananarama.

Versions

Live Versions

Cruel Summer (Acoustic)

  • Performing dates: June 4, 2020
  • Example: Metal Hammer Germany Livestream
  • Status: Released
  • Released On: Japanese and Target editions of The Bitter Truth (track #13)
  • Length: 3:24

Lyrics

Evanescence Version

Hot summer streets and the pavements are burning
I sit around
Trying to smile but the air is so heavy and dry
Strange voices are saying
What did they say?
Things I can't understand
It's too close for comfort
This heat has got right out of hand

It's a cruel, cruel summer
Leaving me here on my own
It's a cruel, cruel, cruel summer
Now you're gone
And you're not the only one

The city is crowded
My friends are away
And I'm on my own
It's too hot to handle
So I got to get up and go

Oh, it's a cruel, cruel summer
Leaving me here on my own
It's a cruel, cruel, cruel summer
Now you're gone
And you're not the only one

It's a cruel, cruel, cruel summer
Leaving me, leaving me here on my own
It's a cruel, cruel, cruel summer
Now you're gone
And you're not the only one
You're not the only one

It's a cruel, cruel summer
Leaving me here on my own
It's a cruel, cruel, cruel summer
Now you're gone
And you're not the only one

It's a cruel, cruel summer
Now you're gone
Leaving me here on my own
It's a cruel, cruel, cruel summer
Now you're gone
And you're not the only one
You're not the only one
You're not the only one

Bananarama Version

Hot summer streets and the pavements are burning
I sit around
Trying to smile but the air is so heavy and dry
Strange voices are saying
(What did they say?)
Things I can't understand
It's too close for comfort
This heat has got right out of hand

It's a cruel, (cruel), cruel summer
Leaving me here on my own
It's a cruel, (it's a cruel), cruel summer
Now you're gone

The city is crowded
My friends are away
And I'm on my own
It's too hot to handle
So I got to get up and go

It's a cruel, (cruel), cruel summer
Leaving me here on my own
It's a cruel, (it's a cruel), cruel summer
Now you're gone
You're not the only one

It's a cruel, (cruel), cruel summer
(Leaving me) leaving me here on my own
It's a cruel, (it's a cruel), cruel summer
Now you're gone

It's a cruel, cruel summer
Leaving me here on my own
It's a cruel, cruel summer
Now you're gone
You're not the only one

It's a cruel, (cruel), cruel summer
(Leaving me) leaving me here on my own
It's a cruel, (it's a cruel), cruel summer
Now you're gone
You're not the only one

It's a cruel, (cruel), cruel summer
(Leaving me) leaving me here on my own
It's a cruel, (it's a cruel), cruel summer
Now you're gone
You're not the only one

References