"The Summer of '91" as written by Craig Michael Wiseman and Ronnie Samoset....
Lying on the grass
Afternoon, there's always something happening
Friends go floating gently by.
I'm listening to a song inside my head,
Although the summer's past.
Those mythic dreams would never last,
Nor do I care anymore.
And if it makes you sad,
Remember all the things you have
That can't be bought.

Recollection brings me back,
Sad to think that it was just a fantasy.
We'd already accepted that,
Which many others struggled to believe.
And though it makes no sense,
I know there are no accidents.
I've no fear anymore,
And if it makes you sad.
To give up dreams you've always had,
That can't be caught
It just can't be fought.

Looking back at '91,
Reflecting on those things we could have
Said and done,
The dancing lights across a crowd.
Remind us of another town
That's dead and gone,
It's just dead and gone.

Take me to that summer past,
And tell me is it really worth remembering?
I realize that music then
Was really just a song in my head,
And though the fun has past.
Those mythic dreams would never last.
Have no fear anymore,
And if it makes you cry,
To look ahead well dry your eyes.
It can be done.
Yes, it can be done.


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"The Summer of '91" as written by Ronnie Samoset Craig Michael Wiseman

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    General CommentThe melody at the beinning reminds me very much of David Bowie's Lady Stardust. Maybe that's the song in his head. But probably it's something completely different. Does anyone have an idea what kind of music they were listening to at that time.
    Anyway, it's a wonderful song!
    MadPunkon March 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commentno idea, it sounds like he is high:
    "Friends go floating gently by
    I'm listening to a song inside my head"
    it seems like he was kind of dettached from his friends maybe he spent his whole summer this way... but thats probably wrong....

    amazing song though my favorite of Trail of the Dead.
    Burn0neDownon July 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentim probably very off here but i will say it anyway
    do you think the song has anything to do with nirvana's nevermind and its impact on the face of music?
    the summer of 91 was the summer before the album's release (sept 24, '91)
    and it just seems to me that the lyrics could be commentary on the state of things before and after an event
    all this talk of recollections, looking back to '91, etc

    alot of what haunted kurt cobain the most (at least, this is the impression i got) was how all he wanted to do was make music that spoke to himself and others
    he hated all the "rock star" hoo hah and never intended to be a face on rolling stone magazine

    perhaps these lyrics speak for him, and how he might have avoided that
    "Looking back at '91
    Reflecting on those things we could have
    Said and done"
    maybe the album could have been produced less radio ready?
    its fact that the followup, in utero, was an obvious attempt at that (by then, it was too late, nirvana was the face of grunge)


    words like "The dancing lights across a crowd
    Remind us of another town
    That's dead and gone
    It's just dead and gone"
    seem to me to symbolize the excess of mainstream rock and the monotony of endless touring


    then theres more reflection of times before all this
    "Take me to that summer past
    And tell me is it really worth remembering?
    I realize that music then
    Was really just a song in my head
    And though the fun has past
    Those mythic dreams would never last"
    music was simple, music was pure, music was music
    music was not a job, not a pressure, not something to be tainted and corporatized
    "remember all the things you had that can't be bought"

    i dunno
    you see where i am going with that train of thought tho?
    i couldnt help but think of kurt cobain thru out the song

    what do you think?
    fishingkixbasson January 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about remembering a great time in your life, when you were happy and carefree. How times like that can't last forever, so you should treasure their memory but still look ahead to the future and try to create times that are just as good, 'It can be done'.
    JonRon February 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commentis it just me, or do these lyrics seem off...

    "lying on a [shady] grass"

    just an example, tho i could be wrong. i just got into these guys. good music.
    k2zepprideron December 15, 2009   Link

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