Listen when I say,
When I say it's real.
Real life goes undefined,
Why must you be so miserable?

Everything you take
Makes me more unreal.
Real lines are undefined.
How can this be so miserable?

Under the summer rain, I burned away.
Under the summer rai, you turned away.

Listen I can't make
Make a sound or feel
feel fine, I kissed the lies,
Why must they be kissable?

Listen, as I break
break the fourth wall's seal
Gorgeous eyes shine suicide
When will we be invisible?


Under the summer rain, I burned away
Under the summer rain, we burned away
Under the summer rain, I burned away
Under the summer rain, you turned away

This is the fall
This is the long way down
And our lives looked smaller now
And our lives looked so small

This is the fall
This is the long way down
And our lives looked smaller now
And our lives looked so small

Under the summer rain, I burned away
Under the summer rain, we burned away
Under the summer rain, I burned away
Under the summer rain, we burned away
Under the summer rain, I burned away
Under the summer rain, you turned away


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Summer Shudder song meanings
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    General CommentSummer Shudder is an oxymoronic phrase. Summer is warm and symbolically the twilight of someone's life. It is beautiful and bright. Shudder means "to tremble with a sudden convulsive movement, as from horror, fear, or cold."

    In AFI's warmest hour (STS' success), Davey is cold and fearful. Why does he feel that way?

    "Listen when I say,
    When I say it's real.
    Real life goes undefined,
    Why must you be so missable?"

    He's trying to make everyone listen to his words (lyrics). He's also upset he can't perfect his lyrics to appease everyone.

    "Everything you take
    Makes me more unreal.
    Real lines are undefined.
    How can this be so miserable?"

    You is the fans he can't reach. How can success be so miserable? How can some be unreachable and some hate them for getting big?

    "Under the summer rain, I burned away.
    Under the summer rain, you turned away."

    He is referring to the people who call successful bands "sell outs." They turned their backs on AFI.

    "Listen, as I break
    break the fourth wall's seal
    Gorgeous eyes shine suicide
    When will we be invisible?"

    This verse is the most important. The fourth wall is the invisible barrier between the stage and the audience in theater. Davey is breaking it with this song, this album, and all the "gorgeous eyes" that look back at him make him want to kill himself (not literally, although who knows, maybe). He wants AFI to be "invisible" so they won't be scrutinized anymore.
    Jayemelon October 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is such a typical analysis of an AFI song, but i see it as a recent breakup.
    first verse:
    He's telling her how much he loves her and how good it feels being with her, but she's turning her back out of fright. shes afraid of feeling the way she does because in her heart of hearts she knows she'll just end up hurt.
    2nd verse:
    she had the perfect man and someone who loved her with all of himself, but still couldnt find comfort in his arms, found no point in living in a world without love, and killed herself. He's now asking her how she could do such a thing and leave him in this world heartbroken and alone.
    the breakdown:
    He sees life in a different perspective after her death. he sees life through a much more mature persons eyes. he understands that we are only a wink in the world.
    welliguess42on August 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have no idea about the real meaning of this song, but since Decemberunderground tells a story through the songs, I believe this comes directly after Kiss And Control when the main character's significant other killed herself. "'we all want to die like movie stars' you said, as you jumped from the height of our cutting room floor" (referencing when the other person killed themself)

    I think this song follows immediately right after Kiss And Control, on the scene of "Decemberunderground" the movie the character and his significant other were acting in. In the second verse, he can't make a sound or feel anything as he's staring at the body of his lover on the stage below (gorgeous eyes shine suicide). He decided he's going to take the fall as well, hoping that they will finally be "invisible".

    In the bridge, he decides to take the fall. "This is the fall, this is the long way down. And out lives look smaller now, and our lives look so small"

    This song then goes onto Miss Murder, the closer of the story.


    that's only my interpretation of it though.
    x_storyat_3on December 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favourites off of this new album, alongside kill caustic. Can't wait to pick the CD up, their artwork is always fantastic.
    Word_upon May 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSummer Shudder and Love Like Winter are just too amazing to describe. Kill Caustic = AMAZING too! I hope they don't choose the weekest tracks for singles...
    AsItBeganon May 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know about you guys but I find this song similar to A Single Second.
    tngbnhdon May 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentanother favorite! I think it's about lovers who can't admit their feelings for each other.
    XcrowfeatherXon May 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentreal lyrics:

    Listen when I say it's real. Real life is undefined. How could you be so missable? Everything
    you take makes me more unreal. Real lines go undefined how could this be so miserable?
    Under the summer rain I burnt away. You turned away. Listen. I can't make a sound or feel
    fine, I kissed the lies. Why must they be so kissable? Listen as I break the fourth wall's seal.
    Gorgeous eyes shine suicide. When will we be invisible? This is the fall. This is the long way
    down and our looks look smaller now...and our lives look so small.
    thebagelofdeathon May 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love summer shudder, the new afi is no sts though
    i-fell-into-fantasyon June 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is one of my favorites!

    Hey does anyone know the story behind the back cover of the cd? I heard that you can have different pictures of different members. I have Hunter, did someone get anyone else? I guess it's not that important but I was just wondering.
    personalchaos_17on June 08, 2006   Link

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