"The End of the Summer" as written by and Dar Williams....
The summer ends and we wonder where we are
And there you go, my friends, with your boxes in your car
And you both look so young
And last night was hard, you said
You packed up every room
And then you cried and went to bed
But today you closed the door and said
"We have to get a move on.
It's just that time of year when we push ourselves ahead,
We push ourselves ahead."

And it was cloudy in the morning
And it rained as you drove away
And the same things looked different
It's the end of the summer
It's the end of the summer,
When you move to another place

And I feel like the neighbor's girl who will never be the same
She walked alone all spring,
She had a boyfriend when the summer came
And he gave her flowers in a lightning storm
They disappeared at night in green fields of silver corn
And sometime in July she just forgot that he was leaving
So when the fields were dying, she held on to his sleeves
She held on to his sleeves

And she doesn't want to let go
'Cause she won't know what she's up against
The classrooms and the smart girls
It's the end of the summer
It's the end of the summer
When you hang your flowers up to dry

And I had a dream it blows the autumn through my head
It felt like the first day of school
But I was going to the moon instead
And I walked down the hall
With the notebooks they got for me
My dad led me through the house
My mom drank instant coffee
And I knew that I would crash
But I didn't want to tell them
There are just some moments when your family makes sense
They just make sense

So I raised up my arms and my mother put the sweater on
We walked out on the dark and frozen grass
The end of the summer
It's the end of the summer
When you send your children to the moon

The summer ends and we wonder who we are
And there you go, my friends, with your boxes in your car
And today I passed the high school, the river, the maple tree
I passed the farms that made it
Through the last days of the century
And I knew that I was going to learn again
Again, in this less hazy light
I saw the fields beyond the fields
The fields beyond the fields

And the colors are much brighter now
It's like they really want to tell the truth
We give our testimony to the end of the summer
It's the end of the summer,
You can spin the light to gold.


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"The End of the Summer" as written by Guy Antony Chambers Robert Peter Williams

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    General Commenti can't believe no one's commented on this song!! it's so pretty... and i guess i can really relate to it right now, too.
    eleven24elevenon June 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI'm amazed no one has commented on this song other than eleven24eleven and myself! In my opinion it's one of her best songs besides 'Iowa'. :))

    It's simple and it's beautiful. And I love songs that tell a story.
    lizkaon June 23, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is a beautiful song. Summer is the time in your life when everything is wonderful, but just like everything else, it has to end.
    LittleBriddieon October 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentA friend of mine sent me this on a mix tape for my birthday in september. We had all just started college, and none of our friends went to the same college. Summer was so much fun, I had been single all my high school live, and I met a boy in the spring and started dating him in the summer. He lived in another state, and was supposed to leave in July, although he stayed a bit longer.

    So pretty much Dar looked into the future, possessed me, and took that as a song.

    The song is so pretty.
    penguinzazon March 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentdar says:

    We called it The End of the Summer because the end of the summer is a time when you take the sticks and leaves out of your hair and put on your shoes and go back to something like school... it's a time when you become more serious. And in a Shakespearrean sense it's when you collect and recollect and harvest...you know, glean important lessons from things. And there's this sort of reluctant coming back into the civilized world quality in a lot of these narratives.
    pnkseashelon January 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMuch like penquinzaz I first heard this song just before freshman year of college. My boy friend had left in August to go work in Cali. To me this song while sad was about moving on with life.
    Odessa1on June 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy entire life my parents would rent a beach house on Fire Island. Some years for just a weekend others for a week, a month, even the whole summer. But no matter what the day would come where we would have pack up the whole house and move off the island and back home. Back to our lives; school, work, dreary old life. I always felt that this song should be played out on the ferry dock as we waited for the boat with all of our stuff. Every line seems to strike a cord of that day especially when she says "But today you closed the door and said 'We have to get a move on'"; which was something my Father said constantly. To me this song is about the love of getting the hell away from life, even if it's just for a few days.
    Grube42on April 12, 2011   Link

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