"The Boys Of Summer" as written by Don Henley and Michael W. Campbell....
Nobody on the road,
Nobody on the beach.
I feel it in the air,
The summer's out of reach.

Empty lake, empty streets,
The sun goes down alone.
I'm driving by your house
Though I know you're not home.

But I can see you,
Your brown skin shining in the sun.
You got your hair combed back
And your sunglasses on, baby.
And I can tell you my love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone.

I never will forget those nights.
I wonder if it was a dream.
Remember how you made me crazy,
Remember how I made you scream.

Now I don't understand what
Happened to our love.
But, baby, when I get you back,
I'm gonna show you what I'm made of.

But I can see you,
Your brown skin shining in the sun.
I see you walking real slow and you're
Smiling at everyone.
And I can tell you my love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone.

Out on the road today I saw a Black Flag
Sticker on a Cadillac.
A little voice inside my head said:
"Don't look back, you can never look back."

I thought I knew what love was.
What did I know?
Those days are gone forever.
I should just let them go, but

But I can see you,
Your brown skin shining in the sun.
You got that top pulled down,
And that radio on, baby.

And I can tell you my love for you will still be strong,
After the boys of summer have gone.

I can see you,
Your brown skin shining in the sun.
You got that hair slicked back,
And those Wayfarers on, baby.
And I can tell you my love for you will still be strong,
After the boys of summer have gone.


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"The Boys of Summer" as written by Michael W. Campbell Don Henley

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song is about youth and a young love. At first, I really didn't think so, primarily you can see its about wanting someone back but it has a deeper meaning than that. "The boys of summer" is a metephor for his past. Summer is his past. The best times he had were with the boys of summer. His friends etc. "I can tell you my love for you will still be strong after the boys of summer has gone" means he'll still love her after all his best years have gone
    "Nobody on the road, nobody on the beach ... the summer's out of reach..." etc. refers to how the past is over. "I'm driving by your house though I know you're not home" to his love being gone too.
    "Out on the road today, I saw a black flag sticker on a cadillac" is a metephor for how things have changed too. A Black Flag sticker (or Dead Head as it was originally) used to be a sign of rebelling and there it is on a nice car that a lot of people want; exactly what the flag was rebelling against. It's ironic. It's not longer a sign of rebelling. It's now become part of the consumer world.
    Ultimately, he doesn't want to look back to his love because that means looking back onto his past too. It's too late to look back kind of. But he can still see her. He still loves her
    Jenezzyon February 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning"Black Flag sticker on a Cadillac" - I know why they changed it.

    Black Flag was a famous punk band in the 80's, they're still well known today and no doubt judging by the age of the band members, they listened to Black Flag when they were in their teens.

    The Ataris have taken this song and made it about their past instead of Don Henley's. It's a really interesting transition, I can see this song being covered for generations.

    Amazing song, I love driving to it.
    GodzillaDannyon April 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song... It's a Don Henley Cover...

    -Stix-
    ADimeADexteron March 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this is a great cover..and im horribly harsh on covers haha. but its just..amazing. the ataris are amazing :D
    orgasmicon March 13, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentincredible cover. i've been listening to it all day.
    oofuson March 14, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI didn't know it was a cover till now, but its frickin awsome, very well done. I think if you never knew, you can't tell its a cover, they do it perfectly. Ataris rock! SDHFR!!
    djdanon March 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow. This is a great cover! The Ataris completely rock this song... The Ataris are awesome!
    xinxwinterxon March 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPerfect song for them.. better than the original song! THE ATARIS ROCK!
    AtarisTimPagnottaon March 16, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. Just wanted to say how awesome it is that "Deadhead" got replaced with "Black Flag". Look who's driving the Cadillacs now...
    Invader_Zymon March 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI absolutely love this song!! Best cover song i've ever heard!! Rock on!!
    jamesfisher21on March 19, 2003   Link

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