"Celebrated Summer" as written by and Robert Arthur Mould....
Love and hate was in the air, like pollen from a flower
Somewhere in April time, they add another hour
I guess I'd better think up a way to spend my time
Just when I'm ready to sit inside, it's summer time
Should I go fishing or get a friend to hang around
It's back to summer, back to basics, hang around

Getting drunk out on the beach, or playing in a band
And getting out of school meant getting out of hand

Was this your celebrated summer?
Was that your celebrated summer?

Then the sun disintegrates between a wall of clouds
I summer where I winter at, and no one is allowed there

Do you remember when the first snowfall fell?
When summer barely had a snowball's chance in hell?


Lyrics submitted by GoKillMice, edited by elwyn5150

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  • +2
    General CommentI think it's a little more complex than a song about weather. Mould is using the seasons as a metaphor for the progress of a person's life, specifically the transition from childhood to adolescence (spring to summer right at the beginning of the song), summer being the exciting, tumultuous adolescence - everyone rushing from one carefree and fun activity to the next - finally the song culminating with the end of summer - the end of carefree youth represented by the first snowfall and the transition to the seriousness and somber attitude of adulthood represented by winter (of course winter is emblematic of death which is implied to be the only stage left after the transition to adulthood)

    Anyway that's my two cents... could be wrong
    mobiusstripon December 08, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's pretty clear that this song is about Summer and how it ends. Minnesota (Husker Du's home state) winters are cold, so I guess summer is a precious thing there.
    effecton June 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is just about taking things for granted, and not realizing what you have (that is, celebrating it) until it is gone.
    dsiegel2275on January 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song si so innocant . the music and the lyrics work so well. its like watching a film of there life(getting drunk out on a beach or playing in a band)
    one of my favs
    for_akilleron September 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's a killer when this song breaks down in the middle for the acoustic part. "then the sun disintegrates between a wall of clouds". Being from Minneapolis I believe Effect is right on the money. 3 months of good weather out of the year and Summer becomes a very precious commodity in Minnesota where each warm day you try to make the most out of it.
    cmckinleyon August 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMould is from Malone, NY not Minnesota. But from your descriptions of the weather, it sounds about the same. Lots of snow. Little sun. Gotta appreciate it while you can.
    JDSalingeron August 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMould was born in Malone, NY but he also lived in Minnesota
    Richard Enahoboon May 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI've somewhat recently gotten into Husker Du, and while I learned to appreciate their stuff a good bit, once I heard this song I was speechless.

    This is the kind of song that is so beautiful it will change somebodies life. Wow.
    mtj027on June 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was potentially the inspiration for Buffalo Tom some ten years late in 'Summer'. Starmarket wrote a similar song and they're Swedish. It also influential upon a lot of *90's era* emo songwriting themes about seasons, before that whole scene became corny.
    Havencheeseon May 29, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti have absolutely nothing of use to add. i mean, good things end. the opening riff to this, teen age riot, bastards of young, marquee moon, one more hour, etc... make me cum. unfortunately, riffs end.
    bAmPaLAmPaDiNgDonGon April 30, 2016   Link

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