Monday, August 1, 2011

Sunday Songs: Boys and Summer Edition: Don Henley/Thin Lizzy

SAD: Don Henley- Boys of Summer

This week Don Henley makes his triumphant return to the sad song list!  I'm sure I have at least one more untapped Henley reference, and that's not even counting "Sunset Grill."

Anyway, to me this song is about how something is about to slip away, never to be retrieved.  In this case, the object in question is "our love."  It's clever to equate their love with the summer because everyone alive can relate.  Summers are generally considered to be a time filled with fun and unusual things that probably wouldn't happen in other seasons.  Not to mention that the "summer" portion of your life is the time that you reach adolescence and would be likely to experience your first love.  Impressive underlying associations, Don Henley!

This is the perfect song for closing time when you're working at an outlet mall near a seasonal town during the fall.  It's starting to get darker earlier as you fold all those t-shirts.  You're starting to need a coat to travel home.  So when the radio starts playing this song, everything seems especially depressing.

HAPPY: Thin Lizzy- The Boys Are Back In Town

                         To counteract all that Don Henley, here's one of the happiest songs ever!

It's so easy to have happy feelings about a song that has been in nearly every movie ever made.  Correction: it's been in every movie ever made since it was written.

It seems that various accounts exist regarding the meaning behind the song, but they all relate to men coming home from a life changing event (i.e. war).  It's an obviously upbeat song, but it also has the comforting idea that you CAN go home again.  People and places haven't changed!  Everyone missed you!  And we all know that sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name.

I would love this song even if it was awful, due to the following lyrics:

And that time over at Johnny's place
Well this chick she got up and slapped Johnny's face
Man, we just fell about the place
If that chick don't want to know, forget her

If that chick don't want to know what?

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