"Looking For The Summer" as written by and Christopher Anton Rea....
Look deep into the April face
A change is clearly taking place
Looking for the summer

The eyes take on a certain gaze
And leave behind the springtime days
Go looking for the summer

This ain't no game of kiss and tell
The implications how you knew so well
Go looking for the summer

The time has come and they must go
To play the passion out that haunts you so
Looking for the summer

Remember love how it was the same
We scratched and hurt each other's growing pains
We were looking for the summer

And still I stand this very day
With a burning wish to fly away
I'm still looking, looking for the summer


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"Looking for the Summer" as written by Christopher Anton Rea

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    General CommentAs I see it, it's an age metaphor, can be also metaphor for love, and all other things that we do:
    Spring =early youth
    Summer = real,full, mature youth
    Autumn = mature age

    'Look deep into the April face
    A change is clearly taking place
    Looking for the summer

    The eyes take on a certain gaze
    And leave behind the springtime days
    Go looking for the summer'

    A guy is looking at his daughter with his wife (they are in autumn now), and (maybe her name is April, it's a nice word play:) she is in her spring time now, but she is moving into her summer (she is looking for the summer now)

    'This ain't no game of kiss and tell
    The implications how you knew so well
    Go looking for the summer

    The time has come and they must go
    To play the passion out that haunts you so
    Looking for the summer

    Remember love how it was the same
    We scratched and hurt each other's growing pains
    We were looking for the summer'

    Well, i think a girl is in a relationship, having some trouble now. Her mother is not happy about it, she talks about that relationship and how she was 'right' about that boy her daughter is with. Mothers can be very analytical about those things, they are 'judging' and 'analysing' everything about boy/girl. And know the mother is saying how it proves that she was right, how she 'knew so well'
    He is saying that she should let her go, and let them 'play that passion', that she is so haunted with. He is saying that she must let her daughter go to reach her summer, the time has come. It's nothing strange, just 'looking for the summer'
    He also reminds her that it was the same for them, they were also looking for the summer, so they 'scratched and hurt each other's growing pains'

    'And still I stand this very day
    With a burning wish to fly away
    I'm still looking, looking for the summer'

    Maybe he and his way should have separated when they 'scratched and hurt each other's growing pains' because obviously nothing had developed from that. Because he hasn't found his summer yet, he feels stifled and he wants to fly, to break free. A bit sad, this last verse.
    IvekZgon September 08, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI undeniably love Chris Rea so to think that i could pick one song so call mine.. it has to be this one. It makes sense in life all the time..

    "we scratched and hurt each others growing pains
    i'm still looking for the summer."

    I am still looking for my paradise.
    This song can take me places and nothing else can..
    fishdiarieson July 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think summer means love with burning passion and ultimate desire, and springtime is the mellow callow sweet but quite harmless period between the lovers. springtime is ever so great but it inevitably leads to summer ("the eyes take on a certain gaze, and leave behind the springtime days"), as the lovers yearns for more and more from each other, and the desires hurt each other ("to play the passion out that haunt you so").

    so overall it is the artist's perception of love, that in different phases it can be compared to spring and summer, and when love becomes too strong, it burns the lovers and destroys love itself.
    mambo5on August 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand it's quite strange only two of us posted comments on this song. this song is absolutely brilliant.
    mambo5on August 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agre with you, Mambo5, but i don't think that it destroys love itselfs..
    I think that when it becomes winter the stuggle and look back for the good times that they had in the summer. that's why he is singing, looking for the summer
    MariekeSTon November 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI agree, a great track... but to me the lyrics imply that he has never found Summer? Maybe it is about a love that never blossomed to its full potential, he still hasn't found what he's looking for and may not ever find his soulmate, possibly? Although it is an extremely nostalgic track, the usual, craving your youth all over again!
    MattScaleson March 26, 2011   Link
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    General CommentPlaintive guitar leads, driving rhythm --- no bridge.
    Relentless--
    no resolution--
    very Lacanian one might say -- nést-ce pas?
    quilceneon June 18, 2014   Link

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