and you're allowed to change
you have permission to try
you're moving up to Salt Lake
and no one will ask why

moving off in June
not a day too soon
it all seems so perfectly strange
break it all in two
and you'll be off into
it's all just so perfectly strange

and i'm allowed to break
when my shit's wrapped too tight
and though it all seems strange
this compulsion to die

shoving off from shore
can't take anymore
it all seems so perfectly lame
lifting up on four
breaking down the doors
it's all just so perfectly lame

life was perfectly sad
it's perfectly sadder now
life was perfectly sad
it's perfectly sadder now

and i'm allowed to break
a simple catch in the throat
was it all that great
back in the summer of boats?

you're allowed to change
you don't need permission to try
you're moving up to Salt Lake
and no one will ask why

break it all in two
it's what you have to do
it all seems so perfectly plain
i'll make a show for you
you can burn out too
it's all just so perfectly, perfectly...

life was perfectly sad
it's perfectly sadder now
life was perfectly sad
it's perfectly sadder now


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    General CommentI think he is singing

    I'll make a shrine for you
    And you can burn that too

    instead of

    i'll make a show for you
    you can burn out too
    William_B.on November 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIn Chicago (the band's hometown) some people own boats that they take out on Lake Michigan. Were you to know the right people, you could spend plenty of time on boats over the course of a summer, so much so that you might later refer to it as the "Summer of Boats."

    That line ("Was it all that great / back in the Summer of Boats?") excellently captures how people often second guess the good times in the aftermath of a relationship.
    JeremyB1on December 26, 2009   Link

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