"Indian Summer" as written by Gregory Dowling and Shane Johnson....
Breakfast in cemetery
Boy tastin' wild cherry
Touch girl, apple blossom
Just a boy playin' possum
We'll come back for Indian Summer
We'll come back for Indian Summer
We'll come back for Indian Summer
And go our separate ways
What is that cheerful sound?
Rain fallin' on the ground
We'll wear a jolly crown
Buckle up, we're wayward bound
We'll come back for Indian Summer
We'll come back for Indian Summer
We'll come back for Indian Summer
And go our separate ways
Motorbike to cemetery
Picnic on wild berries
French toast with molasses
Croquet and Baked Alaskas
We'll come back for Indian Summer
We'll come back for Indian Summer
We'll come back for Indian Summer
And go our separate ways
Cover me with rain
Walk me down the lane
I'll drink from your drain
We will never change
No matter what they say

Lyrics submitted by PLANES, edited by Mellow_Harsher, Winged Fury

"Indian Summer" as written by Victor Herbert

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  • +1
    General Commentbeat happening's best song i dare say?
    morboton October 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is a pretty simple song actually

    its about the last days of summer, indian summer rather, a brief period of warm weather between autumn and winter. its about two summer lovers, given the last chance to reunite. they went to a cemetery and had breakfast, and it probably started to rain.
    morboton November 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't think they'd make the song if it was purely about the place in Olympia, because of the other meaning of Indian Summer. But I'm sure that's part of it. It's about country-side enjoyment and playing around in late summer, at least. it's less about actual events than fantasy hopes, something kids do a lot when they really enjoyed being someplace and want to go back. "We'll come back for Indian Summer and go our separate ways." That separate ways is what I think a lot of people ignore when they listen to it. People like it for the simple, strong pastoral imagery, and the adorable idea of having a picnic in the cemetery, croquet, abandoned farms, picking fruit, etc. I think the bit about norms and the abandoned farm is kind of a nostalgia or longing for simple, small scale agrarianism, and overall the song celebrates that kind of thing as being plain fun. As far as deeper meaning goes, it can go in a purely twee direction like morbot suggests or it could go in a more twisted direction like 1fish does. Knowing beat happening it's probably meant kind of on that line between tongue-in-cheek creepiness/irony and real sincere longing for these peaceful love days, deliberately ambiguous, like some of the lines. Do you really think calvin thinks "we will never change, no matter what they say"?
    Salty Kevinon April 01, 2008   Link
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    General Commentcould be he's recalling a fleeting childhood romance from a summer long gone.
    "Boy tasting wild cherry / touch girl apple blossom " - his 1st kiss and/or sexual experience perhaps and just recalling and revelling in the memory of a more innocent period of his life
    losttomusicDACon April 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't get it either, but it doesn't matter, I don't get alot of songs, I just LISTEN to them.
    dingwenon January 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIndian Summer is a golf and country club in Olympia (where they're from). It's actually right near Martin Way which he says in the song but it's not in the lyrics here.
    opp.overlordon March 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe could be talking about going down martin way.
    modestmousenirvanaon June 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentlost verse, after second chorus:

    i touch your hem you say
    let's stroll down martin way
    pick plums, abandoned farm
    who let norms come to harm?

    also, verses 3 & 4 (according to this site) should actually be in the reverse order.
    morboton July 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentUm, I have to say, clearly about going on a picnic on a nice day in autumn and then necking in the woods. Boy tasting? Touch a girl? I touch your hem? Clearly about oral sex.
    1fishon August 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI live in olympia and indian summer is usually used for school proms. plus I wouldn't say that its right near martin way. you drive on it for a minute or two to get there but thats about it.
    vicious_vixenon October 18, 2007   Link

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