Summer's almost gone
Summer's almost gone
Almost gone
Yeah, it's almost gone
Where will we be
When the summer's gone?
Morning found us calmly unaware
Noon burn gold into our hair
At night, we swim the laughin' sea
When summer's gone
Where will we be
Where will we be
Where will we be
Morning found us calmly unaware
Noon burn gold into our hair
At night, we swim the laughin' sea
When summer's gone
Where will we be
Summer's almost gone
Summer's almost gone
We had some good times
But they're gone
The winter's comin' on

Summer's almost gone


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    General Commentit seems that this song is actually about death. if they were just talking about the summer being over and the good times that were had, i think they would have made it more of an upbeat song. instead its a deeply sad song. 'morning found us calmly unaware' - morning may be a time when not everyone is thinking about death but instead thinking about what the day has in store. 'we had some good times but there gone.' 'when summers gone, where will we be?' to me that is the ultimate question facing humanity. an afterlife? jim truly knows where we will be when summer is gone.
    mjohnsonon July 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI like to think of this song from the perspective of someone stranded on an island...

    They are enjoying being alone on their own private island... But summer is leaving and when you are stranded on an island, winter is always a big issue.

    Anyway, nice little tropical stranded island song to think about, making the best of a bad situation, but it always comes to an end.
    Buddy Guyon May 29, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfuck :( it is almost gone
    pet moustacheon August 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSummer love, maybe a vacation love with someone waiting home.
    Enough time to click and have great memories, not enough for it to go sour...
    elGarzonon August 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdeff a subtle referal to the Great Depression..it becomes more and more obvious to me as i hear it.
    treetrunk_holygrailon February 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti always took it in more metaphorically.
    i don't think it necessarily has to do with the summer season or the time periods during the day, but more with the various relationship stages people undego in their associations.

    summer; the relationship/friendship/acquaintance itself
    morning; the beginning, the meeting of a new person
    noon; the middle, the point in which the relationship is neutral/comfortable/enjoyable
    night; the climax, the point where its gotten as pleasant as its going to get before receeding back into nothing special

    i think he was just trying to addess the relations he'd had with the people that had entered and exited his life.
    TCMlove.on December 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazing song...one of their best underratted ballads.
    "At night we swim the laughin' sea" - Morrison is a true poet.
    Hyacinthon March 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentregardless of what this song means (which it probably is a metaphor like you guys are saying), i've been listening to this song non-stop for the past week or so... alas, summer IS almost gone *sigh*
    kaytea37on August 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI forget the album but this song is right before wintertime love. I'm thinking that's not coincidence - I think they're related. He could be worried that the summertime lover will be over when the summer's over. I felt this way during summer knowing this song, it didn't work, and now it's a bummer of a song to me. SAAD~ See wintertime love by the doors too~
    dyggvion December 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBecause of the obvious fascination with death, I have interpreted this song as being about the waning of youth, with summer almost being over as a way of recognizing that youth is finite, and it is ending.

    The line, especially, saying something like:

    "When summer's gone, where will we be?"

    seems to especially resonate with this sentiment.

    There may be those who think this is a simple "summertime love song" like something the Everley Brothers, or Del Shannon, might like to sing, but if you weight the thematic range of most of the lyrics from the entire Doors songbook, they are seldom direct, seldom cheerful, and seldom even wistful. They are DARK with foreboding and threat and intimations of mortality--but not dread.

    And I actually believe the line to be:

    "At night we swim the *lamp-lit* sea..."

    This evokes a concrete visual image like something out of Salambo, or the Arabian Nights.
    sawfish666on September 12, 2012   Link

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