oh the memories, they come a-streamin'
when I'm walkin' 'round here dreamin'
on a summer's night on hammer hill

oh, it's hard to stay with the subject
when you think of something so perfect
as a summer's night on hammer hill

I had a friend who was slightly overweight
that means fatass in the seventh grade
I still remember the steamy dressing room
where they beat him black and blue
yeah, they beat him black and blue

oh, but it's hard to stay mad when there's so much beauty
an open window, someone's playing "Tutti Frutti"
it's a summer's night on hammer hill

I had a friend, a girl who looked sort of like a guy
I can't forget her dark painful eyes
and they burned her with a cigarette lighter
when the cops came they had to untie her
another girl was free to grow up a cynical writer

oh, but it's hard to stay mad when there's so much beauty
an open window, someone's playing "Tutti Frutti"
it's a sweet summer's night on hammer hill

I wanna die right here
on a sweet summer's night on hammer hill


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    General CommentMy theory:

    The first song ("A Sweet Summer's Night On Hammer Hill") is Jens looking back at his youth in 93/94. He went to a summer carnival thats at a local landmark called Hammer Hill. He had so much fun with his friends and all the music playing, his heart kept racing in all the excitement.

    In this song, jens returns to Hammer Hill in his adulthood (since this song was released in 04, one might assume he's returning a decade after the carnival.) There's no carnival there; it's just a memory in the past. Without the carnival to distract him, he remembers that, for several people he knew, their childhoods won't be fondly remembered as his was. This, of course, makes him sad. However, he can't think about the subject for long, because Hammer Hill is a beautiful place that will always hold a special place in his heart.
    timothyrealon March 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe version of this song that i have has completely different lyrics.
    rarghrarghrarghon May 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think that you might be thinking of the song "A Sweet Summer's Night On Hammer Hill." This is a different song.
    proposalson May 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commenttimothyreal, thats a beautiful theory :)
    butters227on February 07, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"I wanna die right here...
    on a sweet summer's night on hammer hill"

    with such a deep connection to a place, he could die right there and be happy, because of all the happiness it brings back to him.
    butters227on February 07, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI'm a little surprised that I'm the only one (besides timothyreal, in a way) that feels like this song is more about sadness than happiness. There's a stark difference from the first version, and I think there's a reason.

    I don't think the "I want to die right here" line is a sentiment of contentment (rhyming is fun! lol) as butters227 suggests. IMO, it's him coming to terms with the realization that the place/time wasn't all it was cracked up to be back then. Especially through the eyes of the boy that gets beat black and blue and the girl that gets tied up and burnt with cigarettes.

    The whole song seems to be tinged with sarcasm. "oh, it's hard to stay with the subject/when you think of something so perfect/as a summer's night on hammer hill," and "oh, but it's hard to stay mad when there's so much beauty/an open window, someone's playing "Tutti Frutti"/it's a summer's night on hammer hill." Sounds like something the cynical writer would've written.

    Just my thoughts.
    Aquarius121on July 29, 2012   Link
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    General Comment"oh, but it's hard to stay mad when there's so much beauty."

    reference to the film "american beauty?"
    raconteuron October 02, 2008   Link

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