He came down through fields of green
On the summer side of life
His love was ripe

There was no illusions
On the summer side of life
Only tenderness

And if you saw him now
You'd wonder why he would cry
The whole day long

There was young girls everywhere
On the summer side of life
They talked all night

To the young men that they knew
On the summer side of life
Goin' off to fight

And if you saw them now
You'd wonder why they would cry
The whole day long

He came down through fields of green
On the summer side of life
He prayed all night

Then he walked into a house
Where love had been misplaced
His chance to waste

And if you saw him now
You'd wonder why he would cry
The whole day long

And if you saw him now
You'd wonder why
And if you saw him now
You'd wonder why
And if you saw him now
You'd wonder why


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"Summer Side of Life" as written by Gordon Lightfoot

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    General CommentReleased in 1971, the US was still at war in Vietnam.

    So, young girls talking to the young men they knew all night long .. going off to fight. That sounds to me like the boys are off to 'Nam.

    The crying may be because of difficult war memories, or about coming home and marrying what ultimately turned out to be the wrong girl - or both. I think it is both.
    tsreybon February 13, 2008   Link

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