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Summer Nights In June

Summer nights in June
Before an autumn all too soon
For a while, the summer stars
Yellow street lights like ancient fires

Foxes on the move
Around the bins, I've heard a few
And in the air, the summer scent
The ancient wonder almost spent

Summer in the city with the children of the ancients
Summer in the city by the shadow of the moon
So will you come with me for a warm night of adventure
In the starlight on the last night of June

Feel the primal thrill
Of breaking free for good or ill
And for a moment, have no fear
Without the burden of what is near

Summer in the city with the children of the ancients
Summer in the city by the shadow of the moon
So will you come with me for a warm night of adventure
In the starlight on the last night of June

A thousand years may pass
And the night will feel the same
The spirits move in the deepest shade
They call your name...
Summer in the city with the children of the ancients
Summer in the city by the shadow of the moon
So will you come with me for a warm night of adventure
In the starlight on the last night of June


Written By:
A. Flett
 
Found On:
Hey Petrunko
Hey, Petrunko plus...
 
Quotes:
Andy: Summer Nights in June is a song based on the feeling of excitement you have as a teenager, heading out into the night towards whatever wide eyed mischief is out there. That feeling is something we share with cats, foxes and the like. It's an ancient instinct, partly to do with breaking free, hairy hormones and new independence. It's also partly to do with trepidation - the product of dark forests and shivery survival instincts honed through millions of years of evolution. I saw the sodium streetlights in the smokey valleys below Judy Woods in Bradford, years ago and thought that they looked like ancient Neanderthal camp fires. I thought that the night time spirit of adventure was something we shared with the ancients, something we gradually lose to workaday adult responsibility and the modern world. The song is a metaphor for passing youth and the value of the moment when you become an adult and look around with young yet ancient eyes, breathe in and realise that your generation is going to inherit the world some day very soon. I set the song in the summer to allude to the last summer of childhood before the burdens of adult responsibility that come with the autumn. I wanted a faintly Celtic feel in the verse to suggest a whimsical knowledge that we're all small parts of an ancient and unfolding drama. I wanted a bluesy, sultry chorus to suggest the restless heat of a summer city at night and the swirly middle eight was a chance to key into our superstitious reverence for the dark. The song was set on the last day of June and as it turned out, we played it live at Glastonbury 2002 on the last day of June, in the new bands tent.


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