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Monthly Archives: June 2012

“playground that just was all dirt”

That summer feeling That summer feeling
That summer feeling
When there’s things to do not because you gotta
When you run for love not because you oughtta
When you trust your friends with no reason not ta (nada)
The joy I name shall not be tamed
And that summer feeling is gonna haunt you
One day in your life.

[..]

If you’ve forgotten what I’m naming
You’re gonna long to reclaim it one day
Because that summer feeling is gonna haunt you
One day in your life.

And if you wait until your older
A sad resentment will smoulder one day
And Then that summer feeling is gonna haunt you
And that summer feeling’s gonna taunt you
And then that summer feeling is gonna hurt you
One day in your life.

When even fourth grade starts looking good
Which you hated,
And first grade’s looking good too,
Overrated,
And you boys long for some little girl
That you dated
Do you long for her of for the way you were,
That summer feeling is gonna haunt you
One day in your life.

[..]

When you’re hanging around the park with the water fountain
And there’s the little girl with the dirty ankles cuz she’s
On the swings, you know, and all the dust is kicking up
And you remember the ankle locking
And the way she flirted with you
For all this time, how come?
Well that summer feeling is gonna haunt you
One day in your life.
You’ll throw away everything for it.
You’ll throw away everything for it.
One more thing…

Well when the playground that just was all dirt
Comes haunting.
And that little girl that called you a flirt
Memory comes taunting
You pick these things apart they’re not that appealing
You put them together and you’ll get this certain feeling
And that summer feeling is gonna haunt you
One day in your life.
It’s gonna haunt you
It’s gonna taunt you
You’re gonna want this feeling inside
One more time.

–Jonathan Richman (“That Summer Feeling”)

I’ve always liked his songs, but I had not heard this and this is one of the most profound sentiments ever  in a pop song. Rock and roll may come from that summer feeling, and that’s a thing of its own value. But Jonathan describes that feeling. Then he tells you what it might mean to you as you grow old and change. You can’t stop that, any more than you can go from six to twenty years old without growing up first. You can’t stop these sentiments from changing their significance as you age, either. What Jonathan warns you of is a life set up to exclude this feeling. Which is, well, totally possible. A sad resentment will smolder; that’s also totally possible. I don’t have to tell you. I like to tell myself sometimes. 

My digital EP on bandcamp

“Runoff Copies” is going up on bandcamp at http://ahde.bandcamp.com.

Five tracks up, one to go.