"That Summer" as written by Patrick Alger, Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl....
I went to work for her that summer
A teenage kid so far from home
She was a lonely widow woman
Hell bent to make it on her own
We were a thousand miles from nowhere
Wheat fields as far as I could see
Both needing something from each other
Not knowing yet what that might be
'Til she came to me one evening
Hot cup of coffee and a smile
In a dress that I was certain

She hadn't worn in quite a while
There was a difference in her laughter
There was a softness in her eyes
And on the air there was a hunger
Even a boy could recognize
She had a need to feel the thunder
To chase the lightning from the sky
To watch a storm with all its wonder
Raging in her lover's eyes
She had to ride the heat of passion
Like a comet burning bright

Rushing headlong in the wind
Out where only dreams have been
Burning both ends of the night
That summer wind was all around me
Nothing between us but the night
When I told her that I'd never
She softly whispered "That's alright"
And then I watched her hands of leather
Turn to velvet in a touch
There's never been another summer
When I have ever learned so much

She had a need to feel the thunder
To chase the lightning from the sky
To watch a storm with all its wonder
Raging in her lover's eyes
She had to ride the heat of passion
Like a comet burning bright
Rushing headlong in the wind
Out where only dreams have been
Burning both ends of the night
I often think about that summer
The sweat, the moonlight and the lace

And I have rarely held another
When I haven't seen her face
And every time I pass a wheat field
And watch it dancing with the wind
Although I know it isn't real
I swear inside I feel
Her hungry arms again
She had a need to feel the thunder
To chase the lightning from the sky
To watch a storm with all its wonder

Raging in her lover's eyes
She had to ride the heat of passion
Like a comet burning bright
Rushing headlong in the wind
Out where only dreams have been
Burning both ends of the night
Rushing in long in the wind
Out where only dreams have been
Burnin' both ends of the night


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"That Summer" as written by Patrick Alger Garth Brooks

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    General Commentzacster, I'm affraid your comment is a little naive.
    Comet248, I agree with most of what you said, but the fact is that she really was quite a bit older than him. He was a "teenage kid," and she was a "lonely widow woman." It takes a while to get over the loss of a spouse, so if she was truly lonely she had to be fairly old. Add to that the fact that she had "hands of leather" and wore "a dress" that "she hadn't worn in quite a while," and you end up facing the fact that the song is about a boy losing his virginity to a woman who was older and more experienced than he was.
    Still an incredible song.
    Amanda05on December 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentDon't be stupid. He's saying that the feeling of them being together AGAIN is just a dream.
    tngbnhdon September 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUmm...whoa. What the F is this song about? haha
    JulieMarleneon January 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is a coming of age song, and is rather disturbing when you think about it. It involves a teenage boy and an adult (30-40 year old) woman. Think about it: if the gender roles had been reversed, this song never would have made it to air, and Garth Brooks would have been branded a pervert.
    lila_mon April 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commentonly garth brooks could take such a sensitive subject and make this amazing song about it!

    i mean, come on... who could write a BETTER description of SEX? lol.

    "We had a need to feel the thunder
    To chase the lightning from the sky
    To watch a storm with all its wonder
    Written in each other's eyes
    She had to ride the heat of passion
    Like a comet burning bright
    Rushin' headlong in the wind
    Now where only dreams have been
    Burnin' both ends of the night"

    whoa. i mean... as a writer... i'm highly impressed. and how many of us haven't craved that kind of intense, unbridled passion?
    sapphireskieson May 02, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI'm with sapphireskies on this.. I love this song its my favorit song by Garth Brooks.. I mean its the reason I named my horse Comet.. "She had to ride the heat of passion Like a COMET burning bright
    Rushin' headlong in the wind.." this song is the story of a boy that goes to work for a widow women who only is craving attention for her loss.. the boy is looking for what he has never had.. she really probably isn't that much older then him..and truly does it matter? Nah not really.. its a wonderful song.. truely one of the best.. :.)
    Comet248on June 24, 2003   Link
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    General CommentHmmm.They could be the same age.It doesn't really say how old the widow is.Just joking.I agree with lila m.Thats totally true.I also agree with sapphireskies.Well kinda.Not completely.I think the leather hands thing is gross!She sounds old enough to be his great grandmother.A little too great.For some strange reason wich is unknown to me,I still love this song.
    Binky3050on June 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe widow was 'hell bent to make it on her own', her hands of leather is just making a point of all the hard work she has had to do with being on her own and all she has gone through, All she needs is the touch of a lover again to turn her back into a woman who is soft and gentle. And she doesn't have to be old, because it doesn't take long after losing someone (in whatever way) to feel lonely and need the touch of someone even if only for a night.
    newgirlon June 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTRU DAT.I've heared of such things happening before.It's not so astonishing.The age difference is a number between 1 and 90.They could possible have been close to the same age.Don't judge a book by it's cover or a song by it's lyrics.Ummm...or a songwriter by his or her songs.lol.
    sillygirl15on July 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song always makes me laugh because it's so raunchy and beautiful at the same time. I used to have a 40 something boss who always was trying to hook up with all of the guys at work who were under 25. One of them that I was good friends with one day asked me if I'd ever heard this song and told me it made him think of her. I went home and found and just about died when I heard it. Good song.
    cursive_starson March 18, 2006   Link

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