Song of the Day #4,021: ‘Doin’ Time’ – Lana Del Rey

As we enter the dog days of summer, here’s a sultry Lana Del Rey cover of Sublime’s 1997 track ‘Doin’ Time.’ That song was, in turn, a reimagining of the George Gershwin song ‘Summertime’ from Porgy and Bess.

Del Rey recorded this song for a documentary on the California ska band that was released earlier this year. I’m not sure what Sublime has done that warrants a documentary. I’m not a fan of the whole ska thing, generally.

But I’m glad the project resulted in this enjoyable cover by Ms. Del Rey.

Now where is the new album, Lana??

[Chorus]
Summertime, and the livin’s easy
Bradley’s on the microphone with Ras MG
All the people in the dance will agree
That we’re well-qualified to represent the L.B.C
Me, me and Louie, we gonna run to the party
And dance to the rhythm, it gets harder

[Verse 1]
Me and my girl, we got this relationship
I love her so bad, but she treats me like shit
On lockdown, like a penitentiary
She spreads her lovin’ all over
And when she gets home, there’s none left for me

[Chorus]
Summertime, and the livin’s easy
Bradley’s on the microphone with Ras MG
All the people in the dance will agree
That we’re well-qualified to represent the L.B.C
Me, me and Louie, we gonna run to the party
And dance to the rhythm, it gets harder
(Harder, yeah, harder, yeah)

[Verse 2]
Oh, take this veil from off my eyes
My burning sun will, some day, rise
So, what am I gonna be doin’ for a while?
Said, I’m gonna play with myself
Show them, now, we’ve come off the shelf

[Chorus]
Summertime, and the livin’s easy
Bradley’s on the microphone with Ras MG
All the people in the dance will agree
That we’re well-qualified to represent the L.B.C
Me, me and Louie, we gonna run to the party
And dance to the rhythm, it gets harder
(Harder, yeah, harder, yeah)

[Bridge]
Evil, I’ve come to tell you that she’s evil, most definitely
Evil, ornery, scandalous and evil, most definitely
The tension, it’s getting hotter
I’d like to hold her head underwater
(Summertime)
(Ah, ah, ah)

[Chorus]
Summertime, and the livin’s easy
Bradley’s on the microphone with Ras MG
All the people in the dance will agree
That we’re well-qualified to represent the L.B.C
Me, me and Louie, we gonna run to the party
And dance to the rhythm, it gets harder

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,021: ‘Doin’ Time’ – Lana Del Rey

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Nice reimagining of this song.

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