One Beautiful Summer  –  listen[mp3]

I wrote this song for the fantastic One Beautiful Summer Songfight! 6 or 7 of the 10 tracks are solid. Thinking about summer brings out the best in people!

NOTE: This song is on Waking Up In August, remixed and properly mastered.

We’ve had a couple of rough summers in Ontario, so it’s not just nostalgia when I say the last really good summer was the year Sarah and I got married. We spent the week after our wedding on a Muskoka lake at the tail end of what was, essentially, the perfect summer. It ended sharply, though, with the long sad drive down Highway 400, back to the dreaded city.

Here’s Six Mile Lake from space. It’s not much to look at from above, but on the ground, that year especially, there’s nowhere on the planet I’d rather be.

On September nights, up above the city,
with the warm air, songs, and you and I alone.
All at once we knew the wind was gonna change,
the long nights coming on …

With our heavy hearts back into the city
where the fools all talk and I don’t wanna be.
Oh, we’re doin’ time undernearth the sullen sky.
Why can’t we leave?

  Save me from this place, and lets pretend
  the last one beautiful summer never has to end.

With a perfect sky, and you and me together
“there’s nowhere else,” I say to you, “I’d rather be.”
You, the boat, and me was all I ever wanted.
You, the boat, and me was all I ever wanted

  Save me from this place, and lets pretend
  the last one beautiful summer never has to end.

Go ahead, girl, say “Let’s run away together.”
Go ahead, girl, say “Let’s run away together.”

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4 Responses to “One Beautiful Summer”

  1. Boltoph on May 18th, 2005 at 1:44 pm :

    Actually, it made me turn my speakers UP…because it rocks!

  2. Boltoph (again) on May 20th, 2005 at 11:34 am :

    I also have to mention, I almost thought this could have been an entry for "Mad City" because of the first verse. Thanks so much for writing this song, I really dig it. It’s just going to be impossible for me to not think of this song every time I’m on that back porch by candlelight strumming the guitars with some good friends in the warm summer air.

  3. Boltoph on May 23rd, 2005 at 4:02 pm :

    Des, congrats on the win!

  4. des on May 24th, 2005 at 10:40 am :

    Thanks dude.

    (I wonder if I had "Mad City" in the back of my head when I wrote this one. Maybe it leaked into the lyrics a bit.)