Don Henley — The Boys of Summer
Album: Building the Perfect Beast
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Released: 1984
Length: 4:41
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Nobody on the road
Nobody on the beach
I feel it in the air
The summer's out of reach
Empty lake, empty streets
The sun goes down alone
I'm driving by your house
Though I know you're not home

But I can see you-
Your brown skin shinin' in the sun
You got your hair combed back and your sunglasses on, baby
And I can tell you my love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone

I never will forget those nights
I wonder if it was a dream
Remember how you made me crazy?
Remember how I made you scream
Now I don't understand what happened to our love
But babe, I'm gonna get you back
I'm gonna show you what I'm made of

I can see you-
Your brown skin shinin' in the sun
I see you walking real slow and you're smilin' at everyone
I can tell you my love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone

Out on the road today, I saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac
A little voice inside my head said, "Don't look back. You can never look back"
I thought I knew what love was
What did I know?
Those days are gone forever
I should just let them go but-

I can see you-
Your brown skin shinin' in the sun
You got that top pulled down and that radio on, baby
And I can tell you my love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone

I can see you-
Your brown skin shinin' in the sun
You got that hair slicked back and those Wayfarers on, baby
I can tell you my love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone
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Great track - then and now. pxd
 thewiseking wrote:
Never forget, there was alot of dreck in the 80s.

 
As well as the 60s, 70s, 90s, 00s, and teens.  What's your point?
 thewiseking wrote:
Never forget, there was alot of dreck in the 80s.

 
There was a lot of good stuff - most of which didn't get much airplay - then there was this sort of stuff.
Never forget, there was alot of dreck in the 80s.
Very representative of the quite good Californian pop-rock of the mid 80's. Maybe it's even definition.
The theme for the summer of 1985.
 thewiseking wrote:
Dad Rock

 
 Skydog wrote:

oh no you don't, you ain't blaming this crap on me

 
{#Lol}
 easmann wrote:
Slick Pop? Check. Overplayed on terrestrial radio? Check. Superb example of clever songwriting, evocative lyrics, and "just right" delivery nonetheless? Check. I cannot hear this song without various images floating unbidden through my mind and if I don't hear it too often I really enjoy it. If there's anything I've learned here it's that no two people like exactly the same stuff and it would be Twilight Zone weird if they did. Oh, yeah, the original Rod Serling Twilight Zone. 

 
smart  {#Clap}        gave DH a 3    : P
Sounds even lamer after Portishead. If that's possible?
 sunybuny wrote:
On 12/26/1985 it was -30 and the snow was steel gray in Ohio. My boss called me into his office and said they were cutting back staff. This song was still being played in rotation and I decided no more snow. I was living in Tampa 2 weeks later. No job, no home, no friends-  but it was warm.

Best thing that ever happened to me.  Met DH 6 months later and have never, ever regretted the move. Thanks Don  - I still smile when I hear this song.

 
{#Sunny}
On 12/26/1985 it was -30 and the snow was steel gray in Ohio. My boss called me into his office and said they were cutting back staff. This song was still being played in rotation and I decided no more snow. I was living in Tampa 2 weeks later. No job, no home, no friends-  but it was warm.

Best thing that ever happened to me.  Met DH 6 months later and have never, ever regretted the move. Thanks Don  - I still smile when I hear this song.


From the days when I would sit and watch MTV like it was a program. A little kid enjoying the TV when visiting someone's home. Little dock rat's acculturation.
YUCK
 Bakaretsu wrote:
As overplayed as hotel California

 
No, this is way more overplayed. Because that is, at least, a good song. Sure, we're all burned out on it, but it's a good song. 
1984 was a good year.... {#Crown}
Never have and never will like this song.
this was NOT my 80s
 VH1 wrote:
Yep, 1984 was indeed a very great summer for me! Hearing that song reminds me...oh long ago now...

 
1984 was memorable to me also, our daughter was born, the Detroit Tigers won the World Series, I led a 6 week worker strike against the company I worked for, and threw a radio out the window when this song came on
 VH1 wrote:
Yep, 1984 was indeed a very great summer for me! Hearing that song reminds me...oh long ago now...

 
Ditto!  
 thewiseking wrote:
Dad Rock

 
oh no you don't, you ain't blaming this crap on me
Dad Rock
As overplayed as hotel California
Yep, 1984 was indeed a very great summer for me! Hearing that song reminds me...oh long ago now...
Maybe it helps to have grown up in a summer resort town to get the feeling of this song. I did, and it's very close to home.
Slick Pop? Check. Overplayed on terrestrial radio? Check. Superb example of clever songwriting, evocative lyrics, and "just right" delivery nonetheless? Check. I cannot hear this song without various images floating unbidden through my mind and if I don't hear it too often I really enjoy it. If there's anything I've learned here it's that no two people like exactly the same stuff and it would be Twilight Zone weird if they did. Oh, yeah, the original Rod Serling Twilight Zone. 
...and yet I hear this in the 'war on drugs' sound.
Out on the road today, I saw Fox News sticker on a Ford Hatchback.
NO! {#Yell}
Or tune into annoying FM station for the same thing. No commercials here though so I shall just mute it until RP offers PSD on Sonos/Tune-in.
I dunno ... I think I have hit my lifetime quota of this song.
Radio-friendly unit-shifter. 
 kcar wrote:
 
And yet...this is quite true as well. Provided you get quite hammered and do not attempt karaoke.

Oh Don Henley, you mystical magical Top 40 shaman.  

Ron Burgundy, shirtless and lifting weights
"You stay classy, RP!"
 

  
Curls of love  : )



 AndyJ wrote:

Always driving away... "The One That Got Away"

I guess we all have one special person we think about and ... for me there is my blind giant ego... It has been shrunk by life and the lessons stayed.

"Don't look back. You can never go back"   Real life has no second chances or do overs... Just endless opportunities to -not- make that mistake again... unfortunately, there are unlimited opportunities for new mistakes and blind ego to fly full-speed into the fog of certainty.



 
Words to live by!  Thanks for sharing...
 Relayer wrote:
This album should have been called "Don Henley & The Heartbreakers"....and I mean that in a good way.  Mike Campbell does an amazing job of writing and playing here.

 
Thanks for that little nugget! I never noticed before...The sound is right out of Southern Accents
This song is sweet monotony that works for me.
A  hotel motel, and the roadshows is not a home.
Nobody on the road ... Marvelous song ...
 
I sure would like to hear some Eagles on RP. RIP Glen Frey. 
 On_The_Beach wrote:
With the inevitable "I'm way too cool for Don Henley" comments aside, this was and is a great song.

 
Agreed.
That could explain why I was able to collect a whole playlist of covers.
It works. Well.

 
When I hear this I always think:   over produced.........but I like it.
This album should have been called "Don Henley & The Heartbreakers"....and I mean that in a good way.  Mike Campbell does an amazing job of writing and playing here.
Sorry, bad white crapper, but this is a classic, even iconic song.  Not sure why the hate.  And the Decemberists are more interesting than most acts out there doing formula music.  One man's ceiling is another man's floor.
You got that hair slicked back and those Wayfarers on, baby
When starting on a positive note, please try finishing on one.

hayduke2 wrote:
I'll listen to this completely horrible piece almost as a way of paying penance for some of the derisive things I may have written about other songs. (remainder redacted)
 
There... fixed. 
Well here is one happy bunny, thanks for spinning this and taking me down memory lane Bill.
Well, it is the end of the summer weekend. 
 On_The_Beach wrote:
With the inevitable "I'm way too cool for Don Henley" comments aside, this was and is a great song.

 
hear hear! {#Cheers}
With the inevitable "I'm way too cool for Don Henley" comments aside, this was and is a great song.
 AndyJ wrote:

Always driving away... "The One That Got Away"

I guess we all have one special person we think about and ... for me there is my blind giant ego... It has been shrunk by life and the lessons stayed.

"Don't look back. You can never go back"   Real life has no second chances or do overs... Just endless opportunities to -not- make that mistake again... unfortunately, there are unlimited opportunities for new mistakes and blind ego to fly full-speed into the fog of certainty.



  {#Clap}very well said