midnight coming back around
the summer heat that wears me out
is drifting through a firmament of cranes
& the friends I've left behind
are speechless in my sunlit mind
as through the door to summer
through the door to summer
they pass away

if there's a stillness in your eyes
the unreal city's closing all its summer doors on you tonight yeah
won't you step into the light
the arcades that have blossomed just
to fade into the shadows of the night
through all the trains still moving in my mind
the gas fire flares into the light
& I am in this house on fire
but I was only watching clouds go by

and we were old before our time
& we knew as we heard the fields just
singing in the quiet yeah
that one day the band would strike
a tune that carried us along
through city gardens, leaving in the heat
& all the deals & trials on Ganton Street
the gas fire flares into the light
& I am in this house on fire
but I was only watching clouds go by

I picked her up at half past four
the church hall in a haze
unreal as I could ever really be
& everyone was leaving & the moment passed away
& ended up inside my heart a dream

midnight coming back around
the summer heat that wears me out
is rising to my eyes behind the flames
I have come to disbelieve
exactly what I hear and see
as through the door to summer
through the door to summer
I pass away



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    General CommentIts rather obvious that he's describing a high.

    It feels to me that the "summer" is actually an unreal plain, in the first verse he talks about walking through a "door" into summer and also how beyond this door his mind is blank "speechless" in the sunlight. Defiantly describing the blank, hazy feeling that a drug can give you.

    In the second verse he talks about someone else, who is slipping out of this hazy "unreal city" and back into the real world; but he is still in that city.

    Somehow the chorus "the gas fire flares into the light, & I am in this house on fire" felt to me like the gas fire in the room fell and set the house on fire while he was still in the unreal city "watching the clouds go by'

    In the third verse it sounds like he is just voicing the deep/sometimes pointless thoughts one gets in that hazy state. The "deals & trials on Ganton Street " are the problems and hardships of everyday life and how he hopes that one day they will be carried away from all of that.

    In the fourth verse he is picking up somebody afterwards, still feeling the effects of the drug.

    The final verse starts of with the same two lines as the first describing how it is another day, and yet nothing seems to have changed, and he has come back once again to forget reality.

    I'm probably reading much to much into this but oh well.
    Cyberghoston February 15, 2010   Link

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