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Summer of '42 is a 1971 American coming of age drama film based on the memoirs of screenwriter Herman Raucher. It tells the story of Raucher as a boy, in his early teens on his 1942 summer vacation on Nantucket Island off th coast of New England. During this vacation, he embarked on a one-sided romance with a woman, Dorothy, whose husband had gone off to fight and got killed in World War II..
The theme song for the film, "The Summer Knows," was composed by the award winning movie scoring group Michel Legrand/Alan and Marilyn Bergman ;. It has since become a pop standard, having been recorded by many artists - Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Any Williams, among others.
THE SUMMER KNOWS
The summer smiles,
Tthe summer knows, and unashamed,
She sheds her clothes.
The summer smoothes the restless sky,
And lovingly she warms the sand on which you lie.
The summer knows,
The summer's wise,
She sees the doubts within your eyes,
And so she takes her summertime,
Tells the moon to wait and the sun to linger,
Twist the world around her summer finger.
Lets you see the wonder of it all,
And if you learned your lesson well,
There's little more for her to tell,
One last caress, it's time to dress for fall.