"David's Last Summer" as written by Nick Banks, Jarvis Branson Cocker, Candida Doyle, Stephen Patrick Mackey and Russell Senior....
We made our way slowly down the path that led to the stream,
Swaying slightly,
Drunk on the sun, I suppose.
It was a real summer's day.
The air humming with heat whilst the trees beckoned us into their cool green shade.
And when we reached the stream I put a bottle of cider into the water to chill,
Both of us knowing that we'd drink it long before it had the chance.

This is where you want to be,
There's nothing else but you and her,
And how you spend your time.

Walking to parties whilst it's still light outside.
Peter was upset at first but now he's in the garden talking to somebody Polish.
Why don't we set up a tent and spend the night out there?
And we can pretend that we're somewhere foreign,
But we'll still be able to use the fridge if we get hungry, or too hot.

This is where you want to be,
There's nothing else but you and her,
And how you use your time.

We went driving.

This is where you want to be,
There's nothing else but you and her,
And how you use your time.

The room smells faintly of sun tan lotion
In the evening sunlight and when you take off your clothes,
You're still wearing a small pale skin bikini.
The sound of children playing in the park comes from faraway,
And time slows down to the speed of the specks of dust
Floating in the light from the window.
Summer leaves fall from Summer trees.
Summer grazes fade on Summer knees.
Summer nights are slowly getting long.
Summer's going so hurry soon it'll be gone.
So we went out to the park at midnight one last time.
Past the abandoned glasshouse stuffed full of dying palms.
Past the bandstand down to the boating lake.
And we swam in the moonlight for what seemed like hours,
Until we couldn't swim anymore.
And as we came out of the water we sensed a certain movement in the air,
And we both shivered slightly and ran to collect our clothes.
And as we walked home we could hear the leaves curling and turning
Brown on the trees,
And the birds deciding where to go for Winter.
And the whole sound,
The whole sound of Summer packing it's bags and preparing to leave town.
Oh but I want you to stay.
Oh please stay for a while,
Oh I want you to stay,
Oh I want you to stay.


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"David's Last Summer" as written by Jarvis Branson Cocker Candida Doyle

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    General CommentI went to the same school as Jarvis and lived in the same area (Intake Sheffield)...I know where he is talking about...Check out Stanhope Rd from Babies...just off Hollindsend Rd.
    I think I know the David in the story..maybe it was Azo?
    Nick Cooperon August 04, 2016   Link
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    General CommentI wonder if the David in this song is the same David from 'Babies'
    King of Some Islandon September 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe poetry in this song is amazing, it sums up everything that summer means to me. and its impermenance, and how when its getting near the end you just try to hang on for it and make it last forever. but then it just never does.
    it just makes me long for summer right now tbh.
    jemma.daisy.on April 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song. You really can sense a youthful vibrancy to the music and feel the rejuvenation that Summer brings, the instrumentals surreal, hazy and echoed like memories are, and how it seems to crash as Autumn penetrates the bliss, leaving one feeling almost frantic because they have no power over it.

    I do wonder why it's David's last Summer. Maybe it just feels like Summer will never arrive again once Winter hits? Or maybe this David died? Jarvis's faint voice in the background at the end of the song begs "Oh, I want you to stay." Not sure, but more likely it's just about Summer.
    greedymuppeton March 30, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI always took this song as it was David's last summer as he didn't live through to the next one. The verses are from David's perspective, as though he wrote them down as prose, reminiscing once autumn had set in. The song has such wonderful imagery that along with the instrumental, you can really envisage that it's summer.

    David has such a lament for the cold of winter and it's perhaps symbolic that as soon as summer is over, his love interest has to leave. Perhaps she's off to university, or back to her home country. It's my interpretation, given the title and the final verse, that David completed suicide.
    tatesmitheeon May 22, 2015   Link

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