Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: June Christy, “Something Cool”

This is more or less a repeat from last year. It just seemed apropos…

Right now as I write this, the power is out. Fortunately, we had the air conditioning working round the clock to cool the house before that, so it’s nice and cool in the house. As “cool” is one of the prompts, my mind immediately went to one of my favorite songs, June Christy’s “Something Cool,” title track from her 1952 album. It was released several times: the 1952 original had seven tracks and was recorded in mono, the 1953 release added five additional songs, and in 1954 the entire album was re-recorded in stereo. She’s accompanied by her husband, Pete Rugolo, and his orchestra.

The lyrics from Genius:

Something cool, (something cool)
I’d like to order something cool, (something cool)
It’s so warm here in town
And the heat gets me down
Yes, I’d like something cool! (something cool)

My! It’s nice to simply sit and rest awhile
Now I know it’s a shame
I can’t think of your name
I remember your smile!

I don’t ordinarily drink with strangers
I most usually drink alone
You were so awfully nice to me
And I’m so terribly far from home

Like my dress? I must confess it’s terribly old
But it’s simple and neat
It’s just right for the heat
Save my furs for the cold!

A cigarette? Well I don’t smoke them as a rule
But I’ll have one
It might be fun
With something cool!

I’ll bet you couldn’t imagine
That I one time had a house
With so many rooms I couldn’t count them all!
I’ll bet you couldn’t imagine
I had fifteen different beaus
Who would beg and beg to take me to a ball

I’ll bet you couldn’t picture me
The time I went to Paris in the Fall
And who would think the man I loved was quite so handsome
Quite so tall?

Well it’s true, (something cool)
It’s just a memory I have, (something cool)
One I almost forgot
‘Cause the weather’s so hot!
And I’m feeling so bad (something cool)
About a date
Oh wait!
I’m such a fool!
He’s just a guy
Who’s stopped to buy
Me something cool!

And that’s Song lyric Sunday and Song of the Day for June 28, 2020.

15 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: June Christy, “Something Cool”

  1. She has a beautiful voice. Perfect musical accompaniment as well. The song tells such a very sad tale. Reminds me of a song by Steve Earle, “Sometimes She Forgets.”


  2. This is a new song for me, John, and that does not happen too often. Such a mellow song for these ages. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing.


    1. I’m planning on using another of hers in a couple of weeks. I think she has a fantastic voice, and doesn’t get the attention she deserves. You can hear the whole album on YouTube.

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