Summer Nights – John Travolta & Olivia Newton

August 12, 2022

Today’s song of the day, “Summer Nights,” is the creation of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. If you have watched the television film Grease, you’re probably familiar with this catchy tune. In the film, John Travolta and Olivia Newton sing the duet, detailing their love affair throughout their previous summer. Their friends play the role of the backup chorus in the song, anxiously waiting for more juicy details in the verses. “Summer Nights” was definitely one of the most popular songs from the film, and it eventually became a significant radio hit in the summer of 1978.

Fun Facts

  • “Summer Nights” is the fourth single on the album track from Grease.
  • The single was released in August of 1978 by RSO labels. Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta paired up for the recording of the most famous version of the song.
  • “Summer Nights” reached the #3 spot on the US Billboard Hot 100. It also spent a full three weeks on the Cash Box Top 100. The song was a major hit in the UK, spending seven weeks on the top spot.
  • The song lyrics were written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, while Louis St. Louis handled production.
  • John Joseph Travolta is 68 years old today, while Olivia is 73.

Lyrics

Summer lovin’, had me a blast

Summer lovin’, happened so fast

I met a girl crazy for me

Met a boy cute as can be

[Both]

Summer days drifting away

To, uh oh, those summer nights

[Chorus]

[T-Birds]

Well-a, well-a, well-a, uh!

Tell me more, tell me more

[Doody]

Did you get very far?

[Pink Ladies]

Tell me more, tell me more

[Marty]

Like does he have a car?

[Verse 2: Danny & Sandy]

She swam by me, she got a cramp

He ran by me, got my suit damp

I saved her life, she nearly drowned

He showed off splashing around

[Both]

Summer sun, something’s begun

But, uh oh, those summer nights

[Chorus]

[T-Birds and Pink Ladies]

Well-a, well-a, well-a, uh!

[Pink Ladies]

Tell me more, tell me more

[Frenchy]

Was it love at first sight?

[T-Birds]

Tell me more, tell me more

[Kenickie]

Did she put up a fight?

[Verse 3: Danny & Sandy]

Took her bowling in the arcade

We went strolling, drank lemonade

We made out under the dock

We stayed out till ten o’clock

[Both]

Summer fling don’t mean a thing

But, uh oh, those summer nights

[Chorus]

[T-Birds and Pink Ladies]

Woah, woah, woah

[T-Birds]

Tell me more, tell me more

[Sonny]

But you don’t gotta brag

[Pink Ladies]

Tell me more, tell me more

[Rizzo]

Cause he sounds like a drag

[All]

Shooda-bop bop

Shooda-bop bop

Shooda-bop bop

Shooda-bop bop

Shooda-bop bop

Shooda-bop bop

Shooda-bop bop

Yeah

[Verse 4: Danny & Sandy]

He got friendly holding my hand

Well, she got friendly down in the sand

He was sweet, just turned eighteen

Well, she was good, you know what I mean

[Both]

Summer heat, boy and girl meet

But, uh oh, those summer nights

[Chorus]

[T-Birds and Pink Ladies]

Woah, woah, woah

[Pink Ladies]

Tell me more, tell me more

[Jan]

How much dough did he spend?

[T-Birds]

Tell me more, tell me more

[Sonny]

Could she get me a friend?

[Bridge: Danny & Sandy]

It turned colder, that’s where it ends

So I told her we’d still be friends

Then we made our true love vow

Wonder what she’s doin’ now

[Both (T-Birds and Pink Ladies)]

Summer dreams ripped at the seams

But, oh, those summer nights

(Tell me more, tell me more)

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