June July I went home to live with my mom
At night I sat out to watch cicadas on the lawn
June July, confusion tennessee
Here sherman's army leveled troops in 1863

now those battlefields are marked and paragraphed
And maintained by national park service trust

at night I walked through those fields
Looking for proof of death, echoes of wounded soldier appeals
Tonight the rain clouds are pressing down
Hovering low, warning me to go back home

I saw lightning flicker in the clouds
One and two thousand, better turn around

light was focused down on me
White spike cracked and threw me to the ground

when I awoke the sun was streaming over the fields
Warming the ground soaked with summer rain

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June July Lyrics as written by John Vanderslice


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    General Commentwas he really struck by lightning?
    elodieon October 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so beautiful. i think it's about history of all sorts and how it affects us by its magnitude...which is probably wrong but i feel like the song is trying to say something magnificent with the history of the battlefields once considered majestic and the lightning strike and everything.
    SingMeSweeton February 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think it's about looking for meaning in things that were thought to have been important. confusion tennesee and the battlefield are metaphors for his state of mind and the relationship. and his relationship feels like it's just another catalogued one in the books. just something that happened. so he's looking for meaning and everything is telling him to go back home, and when he finally does start to leave it's too late cos fate decided to give him a little push and wake him up with a brand new day, something to look forward to past the rain.
    femmesofrussiaon April 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI can't help but wonder. Did he die, and is the sun and the warm ground heaven, or was he just knocked unconscious, and maybe woke up the next day?
    pumkinhedon December 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentfemmesofrussia's interpretation seems to have the most in common with my own. To me, the narration begins as he's going home to live with his mom, seeking to get away from the pain of a relationship gone wrong. His fixation on the past seems to suggest that his action isn't working well as a coping method. His despondency, as represented by the storm clouds, comes to a peak, despite his awareness that he should be spending his energy otherwise. I imagine that the lightning strike and his awakening the next morning is something akin to hitting bottom and being struck with the number of possibilities that the future still holds.

    That could be a whole bunch of over-analysis, though.
    scorp10non April 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFor what it's worth, John said he wrote this song for his brother Ray.
    AcidMilkon January 29, 2008   Link

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