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Eight Summer Songs


by Mike Corrigan

"In the Street" by Big Star -- Hanging out, down the street / The same old thing we did last week / Not a thing to do / But talk to you / Steal your car, and bring it down / Pick me up, we'll drive around / Wish we had / A joint so bad

"Rockaway Beach" by the Ramones -- Chewing out a rhythm on my bubble gum / The sun is out and I want some / It's not hard, not far to reach / We can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach / Up on the roof, out on the street / Down in the playground, the hot concrete / Bus ride is too slow / They blast out the disco on the radio

"That Summer Feeling" by Jonathan Richman & amp; the Modern Lovers -- When there's things to do, not because you gotta / When you run for love, not because you oughta / When you trust your friends, with no reason, nada / This joy I've named shall not be tamed / That summer feeling's gonna haunt you the rest of your life

"Summer Babe (Winter Version)" by Pavement -- Ice baby / I saw your girlfriend / She's eating her fingers like they were just another meal / She waits there / In the levee wash / Mixing cocktails with a plastic-tipped cigar

"Gardening at Night" by R.E.M. -- I see your money on the floor, I felt the pocket change / Though all the feelings that broke through that door just didn't seem to be too real / The yard is nothing but a fence, the sun just hurts my eyes / Somewhere it must be time for penitence

"In the Summer's When You Really Know" by Jets to Brazil -- In the summer you really know / That it doesn't feel like summer so much anymore / But I keep trying to find you somewhere smiling / Over me over you over me

"Celebrated Summer" by Husker Du -- 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?

"Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran -- Well I'm a-gonna raise a fuss, I'm a-gonna raise a holler / About workin' all summer just to try to earn a dollar / Every time I call my baby, to try to get a date / My boss says, "No dice, son, you gotta work late" / Sometimes I wonder what I'm a-gonna do / But there ain't no cure for the summertime blues

Publication date: 06/10/04

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