"July Flame" as written by and Laura Veirs....
July flame
Sweet summer peach
High up in the branch
Just out of my reach

Can I call you mine?
Can I call you mine?
Can I call you mine?
Can I call you mine?

July flame
I'm seeing fireworks
They're so beautiful
Tell me why it hurts

July flame
Ashes of a secret heart
Falling in my lemonade
Unslakable thirsting in the backyard

Can I call you mine?
Can I call you mine?
Can I call you mine?
Can I call you mine?

Can I call you mine?
Can I call you mine?
Can I call you mine?
Can I call you mine?

Can I call you mine?
Can I call you mine?
Can I call you mine?
Can I call you mine?

Can I call you mine?
Can I call you mine?
Can I call you mine?
Can I call you mine?


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"July Flame" as written by Laura Veirs

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is definitely about unrequited love/lust in my opinion. Refering to this person as July Flame gives the listener the idea that she has a passion for this person. She wants to be with this person, to be able to claim him. I am guessing that he is someone she is close too but can't move to that next level with because he isn't interested in her that way "Sweet summer peach, just out of my reach" and I think that she feels like she can't tell him how she is feeling because she knows he will not respond the way she wants so she keeps it inside and it eats her up "ashes of a secret heart..."
    This is a great song!
    meatball1on March 04, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think "July Flame" is not a person or a thing but an embodiment of that summer which represents so much for her. When she says "can I call you mine" she wants to feel all those things forever, live endlessly in that one summer, though it might very well have been bitter-sweet.

    Beautiful song, my first listen to Laura Veirs.
    Cyberghoston June 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    This ia a real good song but this latest album of laura veirs is incredible. This album stays with you long after listening to it. Its too bad that it won't get the exposure it deserves.
    ross2000on February 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song really hurts me. 4 years ago I fell in love with a friend and had to keep it a secret from them because I knew it would never be. I felt constantly embarrassed and sad and the feeling got worse to the point where the only way to make it better was to cut all ties, which broke my heart. I've since met somebody else and we are very happy and settled, but I heard this song for the first time today and was instantly reminded of the pain. It's such a beautifully sad song and I am strangely grateful I had these feelings.
    idontblameyouon June 02, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis feels to me like being so infatuated with a summer fling, knowing that it's going to end once the season changes. Perhaps it's someone that she's not actually involved, but someone that she sees from a distance, some who is either obviously out of her league, or someone that she simply feels she cannot obtain - and knowing this hurts her deeply. It's so filled with longing.
    ohadelaideon January 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is a double entendre of sorts. At least I interpret it that way with July Flame being interpreted as a type of peach or a summer love interest.
    catharinatwiceon January 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about the rebound after her last relationship has ended --- from the previous track, "I Can See Your Track" The flame, is a love interest, who she prematurely asks "Can I call you Mine", probably realizing that is it just a fling and is different than the last relationship, where she was comfortable enough calling affectionately but possessively, her partner to be hers "mine"

    I predict this album will get the exposure it deserves and make the 2010 NPR top 25
    torontodesignguyon February 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think "Can I call you mine?"isn't really a question.She knows she can't,she knows he isn't hers,they are the lines of desperation.
    lucyhaleeeeon September 09, 2015   Link

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