Love and hate was in the air

Like pollen from a flower

Somewhere in April time

They add another hour



I guess I better think up a way to spend my time

Just when I'm ready to sit inside, it's summertime

Should I go swimming or get a friend to hang around

It's back to summer, it's back to basics, hang around



Getting drunk out on the beach

Or playing in a band

And getting out of school

Meant getting out of hand



Was this your celebrated summer?

Was that your celebrated summer?

Was this your celebrated summer?



Then the sun disintegrates

Between a wall of clouds

I summer where I winter at

No one is allowed there



Do you remember when the first snowfall fell?

When summer barely had a snowball's chance in hell?



Was this your celebrated summer?

Was this your celebrated summer?

Was this your celebrated summer?



Do you remember when the first snowfall fell?

Was that your celebrated summer?


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Celebrated Summer Lyrics as written by Robert Arthur Mould

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  • +4
    General Comment

    I think it's a little more complex than a song about weather. Mould is using the seasons as a metaphor for the progress of a person's life, specifically the transition from childhood to adolescence (spring to summer right at the beginning of the song), summer being the exciting, tumultuous adolescence - everyone rushing from one carefree and fun activity to the next - finally the song culminating with the end of summer - the end of carefree youth represented by the first snowfall and the transition to the seriousness and somber attitude of adulthood represented by winter (of course winter is emblematic of death which is implied to be the only stage left after the transition to adulthood)

    Anyway that's my two cents... could be wrong

    mobiusstripon December 08, 2009   Link
  • +3
    My Opinion

    I've somewhat recently gotten into Husker Du, and while I learned to appreciate their stuff a good bit, once I heard this song I was speechless.

    This is the kind of song that is so beautiful it will change somebodies life. Wow.

    mtj027on June 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    this song si so innocant . the music and the lyrics work so well. its like watching a film of there life(getting drunk out on a beach or playing in a band) one of my favs

    for_akilleron September 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    To me, this song is just about taking things for granted, and not realizing what you have (that is, celebrating it) until it is gone.

    dsiegel2275on January 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I think it's pretty clear that this song is about Summer and how it ends. Minnesota (Husker Du's home state) winters are cold, so I guess summer is a precious thing there.

    effecton June 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    It's a killer when this song breaks down in the middle for the acoustic part. "then the sun disintegrates between a wall of clouds". Being from Minneapolis I believe Effect is right on the money. 3 months of good weather out of the year and Summer becomes a very precious commodity in Minnesota where each warm day you try to make the most out of it.

    cmckinleyon August 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Mould is from Malone, NY not Minnesota. But from your descriptions of the weather, it sounds about the same. Lots of snow. Little sun. Gotta appreciate it while you can.

    JDSalingeron August 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Mould was born in Malone, NY but he also lived in Minnesota

    Richard Enahoboon May 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song was potentially the inspiration for Buffalo Tom some ten years late in 'Summer'. Starmarket wrote a similar song and they're Swedish. It also influential upon a lot of 90's era emo songwriting themes about seasons, before that whole scene became corny.

    Havencheeseon May 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    i have absolutely nothing of use to add. i mean, good things end. the opening riff to this, teen age riot, bastards of young, marquee moon, one more hour, etc... make me cum. unfortunately, riffs end.

    bAmPaLAmPaDiNgDonGon May 01, 2016   Link

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