"Summer Dress" as written by and Mark Edward Kozelek....
Summer dress makes you more beautiful than the rest
Loveliest girl that I know and the sweetest
Spends her life inside, she thinks she isn't blessed

Summer dress separates you from the rest
Easiest days of her life have been spent
Wonders if she is loved, if she is missed

Says a prayer as she's kissed by ocean mist
Takes herself to the sand and dreams
Says a prayer as she's kissed by ocean mist
Takes herself to the sand and dreams

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"Summer Dress" as written by Mark Edward Kozelek

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    General CommentThis seems to me either to be a really sweet song about a girl... or a song about a girl drownding herself... i kinda hope the former...
    ElegantMuleon April 05, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthe girl addressed sounds like emily dickinson a little. she spent her life inside and wrote a poem about whether or not she was loved and also one about how she can feel the ocean and the beach even though she never actually saw the sea.
    Brian Borumaon November 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI feel like you are right, ElegantMule, that she is a sad girl who drowns herself in the sea. Even if this isn't the song's meaning, it's an incredibly sad and beautiful composition.
    Anilandon October 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentFor me, the best Mark K song ever, and he has written some stunning and heartfelt songs. It's just this simplicity, but utter devastation that floors you. I do think the lassie in the song does kill herself and the whole thing about how you are always that one or two steps away from knowing who, what and why you are here is apparent in the lyrics. A magnificent, simple yet emotionally complex and devastating song, one of the finest ever written.
    Noamchomskyon December 19, 2014   Link

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