"Dusk and Summer" as written by and Chris Carrabba....
She smiled in a big way, the way a girl like that smiles
When the world is hers and she held your eyes
Out in the breezeway down by the shore in the lazy summer
And she pulled you in, and she bit your lip, and she made you hers
She looked deep into you as you lay together quiet in the grasp of dusk and summer

But you've already lost
But you've already lost
But you've already lost
When you only had barely enough to hang on

And she combed your hair, and she kissed your teeth
And she made you better than you'd been before
She told you bad things you wished you could change in the lazy summer
And she told you, laughing down to her core, so she would not cry as she lay in your lap
She said "Nobody here can live forever, quiet in the grasp of dusk and summer"

But you've already lost
But you've already lost
But you've already lost
When you only had barely enough to hang on

She said, "No one is alone the way you are alone"
And you held her looser than you would have if you ever could have known
Some things tie your life together, slender threads and things to treasure
Days like that should last and last and last

But you've already lost
But you've already lost
But you've already lost
When you only had barely enough to hang on

Hang on
Hang on
Hang on


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"Dusk and Summer" as written by Christopher Andrew Carrabba

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  • +3
    My OpinionI feel the girl is definitely beautiful and a huge rebel who loves to be free. It seems like he loves her so much because she pushes away all the pain and behind her strong personality shes so much more fragile. I think he views her as a mystery and a cure to him. Never in the song does he reveal how she feels accept for when he says And she told you bad things you wished you could change in the lazy summer. And she told you laughing down to her core so she would not cry as she lay in your lap" It all sounds so cute and perfect. He starts out by saying "she pulled you in she bit your lip she made you hers", making her seem so sure and dominant, but then she becomes so vulnerable....its what makes the song so good. So realistic....such a beautiful song
    kegelevenon January 03, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI've read the theory about this song being about death. I'm not totally disregarding that but I saw it as something else. I see it as this innocent boy that finds himself falling for a girl that has way more life expierience than he does. Excess baggage, if you will. She's been hurt and that's why she's cynical with the "no one here can live together, quiet in the grasp of dusk and summer". I didn't take that so literal as to actually meaning being alive but more as that summer, like every season, is temporary. She couldn't commit and although they had their good times...he knew it couldn't never work or last.

    Chris is so talented and even his simple lyrics have a huge impact on me.

    This was me and my ex-boyfriend's song so it's interesting to read everyone's take on it.
    brittanyasdfghon January 29, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's beautifully tragic
    ALWAYSYOURS4EVERon March 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song captures my current feelings perfectly:

    "And you held her looser than you would have if you ever could have known."
    If I could have known I would have held her that much tighter, told her that much more often what I thought of her.

    "but you've already lost when you only have barely enough of her to hang on."
    We had barely started, and then it was over. I'm left hanging on to the smallest bits of her, the few things I got to know about her. Oh, how bittersweet.
    scottiedawgon July 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's beautifully tragic
    ALWAYSYOURS4EVERon March 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of my all time favorite songs,
    I take it as the realization that a relationship is ending, "you've already lost, when you only have barley enough to hang on"
    They aren't over but they might as well be
    fabryon May 22, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationXX I think this is a song about the death of someone you loved, but someone you hadn't known for very long.

    XX If it starts with an "XX" Those are my comments.

    ----
    She smiled in a big way, the way a girl like that smiles
    When the world is hers and she held your eyes
    Out in the breezeway down by the shore in the lazy summer
    And she pulled you in, and she bit your lip, and she made you hers
    She looked deep into you as you lay together quiet in the grasp of dusk and summer
    -----

    XX Remembering the few times you spent together and what you loved about XX her.
    XX This would be a specific memory being recalled.

    -----
    But you've already lost
    But you've already lost
    But you've already lost
    When you only had barely enough to hang on
    -----

    XX You already lost because she is gone. She died while you were getting to XX know her. You have barely enough to hang on to, because you didn't get to XX share many experiences with her.

    -----
    And she combed your hair, and she kissed your teeth
    And she made you better than you'd been before
    -----

    XX Remembering how she helped you and made you better.

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    She told you bad things you wished you could change in the lazy summer
    And she told you, laughing down to her core, so she would not cry as she lay in your lap
    She said "Nobody here can live forever, quiet in the grasp of dusk and summer"
    ----

    XX She confided in you and told you things you wished you could help her with.
    XX You saw the more vulnerable side of her. This shows how close you were
    XX with her.

    ----
    She said, "No one is alone the way you are alone"
    And you held her looser than you would have if you ever could have known
    Some things tie your life together, slender threads and things to treasure
    Days like that should last and last and last
    ----

    XX You held her looser than you would have if you knew she was going to be
    XX gone so soon.
    XX She was what tied your life together, which implies that your life has now
    XX come undone.
    XX The days of happiness should have lasted a lot longer than they did.

    ----
    Hang on
    Hang on
    Hang on
    ----

    XX Now you are just trying to hang on after the horrible tragedy.


    XX This is just my interpretation, although typically mine are kinda depressing XX as you can tell..
    GameOver64on March 02, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it's either
    she kissed your teeth or she kissed your cheek
    sounds like teeth but that's weird lol
    but yeah, good job and thanks for the lyrics.

    this song is so fucking beautiful.
    i wish chris did more stuff like this
    he should totally go back oldschool.
    i can totally relate to this songg.
    missing a relationship that meant so much.
    it's such a beautiful thing, as summer is.
    remembermaineon June 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics are great. Where can you hear this song at?
    Clark Gableon June 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI take it as a summer romance lost. It fits with the whole Dusk and Summer theme.

    I think this is the absolute best song on the new album. It's beyond amazing.
    AKellyon June 17, 2006   Link

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