"Suddenly Last Summer" as written by and The Reverend Gary Davis....
It happened one summer, it happened one time
It happened forever, for a short time
A place for a moment, an end to dream
Forever I loved you, forever it seemed

[Chorus: x2]
One summer never ends, one summer never began
It keeps me standing still, it takes all my will
And then suddenly last summer
Sometimes I never leave, but sometimes I would
Sometimes I stay too long, sometimes I would
Sometimes it frightens me, sometimes it would
Sometimes I'm all alone and wish that I could

And then suddenly last summer

[Chorus]

And then suddenly last summer

Until suddenly last summer
And then suddenly last summer
Until suddenly last summer


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"Suddenly Last Summer" as written by Martha Emily Davis

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  • +2
    General CommentA haunting, dreamy sounding song that reminds me of being a little kid in the '80s.
    hidispenseron November 11, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt seems to me to be about a brief summer romance, and though it ended quickly, the girl thinks about it often, so in a way, it never seems to end.
    lyndonon May 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat a great song about love lost or ended. I like especially how it implies that love struck unexpectedly one summer and then ended when they parted ways . . .
    LoveSong44on February 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI was disappointed there was not more information on this song, which I love, but have no idea what the artists were going for when they wrote it. Perhaps that's the best part of a great song, it can mean something different to everyone. I personally had one summer, where my life was transformed by a relationship which eventually ended, so this song always produces a lot of nostalgia in me. Though it was much longer ago than "last summer" the tag-line "and then suddenly, last summer" captures how memories can come out of nowhere and magically transport us back to a happier time. It can take "all of my will" to shake that off, and not get stuck in the past.
    brooklynbfon December 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningto me it's obvious.

    she's way into someone. let's assume it's a guy.

    she's been into him a long time. and it finally happens. only once. then they are separated for whatever reason.

    the bulk of the song is jumping between her past desire for him and her future memory of being with him.

    point being, it was a powerful moment for her and she can't forget.
    slamkingon March 04, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis may be inspired by the Tennessee Williams one act play. Taken from the perspective of Catharine, or perhaps even Sebastian, it definitely has a hazy, macabre overtone.
    outsidelookinginon March 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. The video is so memorable too.
    XxSeventhStrangerXxon September 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionIt happened one summer
    It happened one time
    It happened forever
    For a short time
    A place for a moment
    An end to a dream
    Forever I loved you
    Forever it seemed

    One summer never ends
    One summer never began
    It keeps me standing still
    It takes all my will

    And then suddenly
    Last summer

    Sometimes I never leave
    But sometimes I would
    Sometimes I stay too long
    Sometimes I would
    Sometimes it frightens me
    Sometimes it would
    Sometimes I'm all alone
    And wish that I could

    One summer never ends
    One summer never begins
    It keeps me standing still
    It takes all my will

    And then suddenly
    Last summer
    And then suddenly
    Last summer

    One summer never ends
    One summer never begins
    It keeps me standing still
    It takes all my will

    And then suddenly
    Last summer
    And then suddenly
    Last summer
    Until suddenly
    Last summer

    And then suddenly
    Last summer
    Until suddenly
    Last summer
    It happened suddenly
    Last summer
    slamkingon March 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy is this song so memorable? Why is any song so memorable? In this case, I think it's due to its (likely purposeful), ambiguous nature, where anyone can apply this song to a personal memory.

    Hall and Oates did this a LOT. I can't go for that (for what?), She did it in a minute (did what?), She's gone (where'd she go?), etc. It's a 'Theater of the Mind' style of writing where you fill in the blanks that the song writer purposely doesn't provide. In that way, a song becomes yours personally.

    I suspect more than a few people out there have an unforgettable summer. A summer that simply can't end because it's always there in your mind, just waiting for you to return.

    As a musician, I hear something else in the music itself. There's an odd chorused, almost dissonant synth that mostly alternates between A and G. This runs through the whole song. To me, it's like the sun itself, relentless, always there. When I hear this song, I think of sunshine for that reason.

    You ever have a 'falling' feeling when thinking about something from so long ago? The bridge part has a 'falling' note pattern, suggesting being drawn down into a memory.

    In this song, the lyrics don't have to stand out or be brilliant because it's the music that grabs you without needing to tell you anything. In fact, take the lyrics out of the song and they're kinda silly, honestly.

    But just the suggestion that it's about a lost summer is all you really need to let the music of this song take you on that journey.
    ctlizyrdon April 01, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIt certainly doesn't seem to have anything to do with the Tennessee Williams play. I don't know what it's about, but I like to imagine it's about the very dreaded death of a relationship with someone. Not necessarily a romantic relationship, and not necessarily on bad terms.
    androgybunnyon March 17, 2006   Link

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