Cruel Summer

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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.

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

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