[ILSE]
And all shall fade
The flowers of spring
The world and all the sorrow
At the heart of everything

But still it stays
The butterfly sings
And opens purple summer
With a flutter of its wings

[ALL]
The earth will wave with corn
The gray-fly choir will mourn
And mares will neigh
With stallions that they mate
Foals they've borne
And all shall know the wonder
Of purple summer

And yet, I wait
The swallow brings
A song to hard to follow
That no one else can sing

The fences sway
The porches swing
The clouds begin to thunder
Crickets wander, murmuring

The earth will wave with corn
The gray-fly choir will mourn
And mares will neigh
With stallions that they mate
Foals they've borne

And all shall know the wonder
I will sing the song of purple summer

And all shall know the wonder
I will sing the song of purple summer

All shall know the wonder of purple summer



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    General Commentwe sang this song for graduation! aw! it's soooo beautiful!!
    rmjoh992on August 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI've never seen this musical but my aunt has and she has the CD so I've heard the songs. I'm guessing this song is about their "spring awakening" but all I know is it's really pretty!!!
    LilyBearon August 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI can back up what Kajosa said, it's on some official website. Adolescent-adult=spring-summer and purple summer is a flower. All of that's referenced through the play a ton (flowers & seasons).

    Some parts of this song I hate, but everytime they go into the harmony on "stallions" I ignore the random reference of corn because it's so beautiful.
    heeheeasquirrelon November 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is completely about bridging the gap between adolescence and adulthood, and good job on catching the season metaphor. But the lyrics are not just some random stew of vegetables. The idea of corn is that no matter what happens corn will stay standing, even if it is dead and there are no ears in it, creating an adamant figure in the subtext. And as you know, vegetables go in and out of season, just as everything else. And yes the Purple Summer is a flower that blooms in summer instead of spring. The main meaning behind this song is that although there are trials and tribulations throughout life, things will become good again, no matter how sad.
    cid_wensonon July 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe "Mares will niegh/with stallions that they mate" refers to a line earlier in the play where one of the characters talks about how mares and stallions aren't ashamed of their sexuality.
    washcflon July 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI saw the musical with a class, so I got to attend a Talk-back, and one of the actors said that they found out that Purple summer is a flower purported to grow in graveyards. Fitting since two characters die and the musical ends in a graveyard.
    SamRon October 24, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe reference to corn is because even if you cut of the actual corn, the stalk will go on living and grow back again. i still dont kno what "gray-fly choir" is supposed to mean. does anyone?
    oh by the way, if you have never seen this musical, you definitely should at some point in your life. ive seen it like 5 times. its the best!
    musiclover2192on February 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentA song to hard to follow
    That no one else can sing

    what does this line spesifically mean?
    jaymay03on February 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentPurple Summer is a common name for Phlox paniculata, also known as "The King" for some reason. It blooms from around July until sometime in the fall, unlike most flowers that bloom in the springtime. This probably helps to symbolize the idea that the characters are growing. Think about it... "Spring" Awakening, and then the last song talking about a flower that blooms in summer...
    ShaniWulffeon August 06, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthe purple flower you so often see Ilse holding is a purple summer flower
    kaylahalaason September 09, 2010   Link

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