in the tall grass of a long sun a quiet repast and i'm sweet nothings
come hell i'm your lover your man your friend your fair weather
it's a world stopped afternoon passion legs your wordless
all blue routes to your birth place chalk white wincing pretty in it

summer dress your hair's wet and gets into our kisses
can you tell why my intentions always wind up just near misses
there's a kindness in your smile but my sky plays fatal music
there's the promise and the shell of great beginnings seldom finished

in the laze of a barefoot afternoon. what's a boy to do?
sunday eyes, am i losing you? is the summer really through?

straps down and overtired if i had a favorite picture
i'd call it right now, uncertain, braced for your disaster
summer gown were you sent down to wrestle me to reason
i'm a thrown fight in your favor i'll do everything but listen to you now

in the laze of an empty afternoon. it's all happening too soon.
sunday eyes, am i losing you? say it isn't true.

in the summer you really know
that it doesn't feel like the summer so much anymore
but i keep trying to find you somewhere smiling
over me over you over me

summer girl all summer long you know the winter's wrong
southbound those motel towns can mend most broken mornings
there's citrus groves where noone knows the fruit of truth from evil
and a long walk on a short pier means nothing more than swimming here

there's an end but we don't get to choose. we can only lose.
if i cried a river just for you
would you swim in it some sunny afternoon?

in the summer you'll really know
you're the only summer that i think i'll ever know
so i'll keep trying to find you somewhere smiling
over me over you over me

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    General Commentok i think the meaning of this song is pretty reminds me alot of my ex who i dated for a short time last summer....this song conveys how i feel to a T.
    no_truston April 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI just love this song. It is quite obvious what it's about. But he is such a lyricist in my opinion. Fav line is "if i cried a river just for you, would you swim in it some sunny afternoon?" the song like goes so deep. its cool.
    tallgrl45on May 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI, too, have been smited by a summer love. it always sucks. this song really gets to me. another example of jets to brazil's amazing lyrical abilities. it's about falling for a summer love who really wants to be just that: a SUMMER love, nothing more. this song just moves me.
    catherinekson September 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love this song so much..reminds me of last summer..*sigh*..anyways..its great how he can pull you into the lyrics..they all have so much depth..creates a picture in your mind
    Arienetteon March 09, 2003   Link
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    General Commenttheres some incorrect lines in this lyric posting, i don't have the lyric book in the cd, so could someone who has it please fix them?
    impossibledreameron April 19, 2003   Link
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    General Commentwait i'm wrong. stupid me eh
    impossibledreameron April 19, 2003   Link
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    General Commentwhat an amazing song about a summer fling that didn't work out.

    obviously he's talking about all these things they are doing together and hoping that the relationship doesn't have to end but knowing that it will.
    xthestarslaughdxon June 20, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"and a long walk on a short pier means nothing more than swimming here"

    that line gets me every time
    xMYsoCALLEDlifeon January 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwoah. my name is summer. i now love this song.
    rumball107on July 28, 2002   Link

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