Music for the Apocalypse #27: The Poison Summer (aka The Boys of Summer), by Don Henley

by Apocalypse Womble

OK, so ‘The Boys of Summer’ may seem like an odd choice, but, thanks to my mishearing the lyrics as ‘The Poison Summer’ for years until someone showed me the title of the song, this song is lodged in my brain of one of the cooler post-apocalypse songs out there. Honestly, just that one small change and it reads perfectly as a guy driving through a poisoned and deserted world, remembering the woman he loves, hoping to find her and forge a life with her again once whatever it is that has poisoned everything has reduced to a level that’s safe. Check out the lyrics, it works:

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 drivin’ by your house
Though I know you’re not at 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 poison has 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 walkin’ real slow and you’re smilin’ at everyone
I can tell you my love for you will still be strong
After the poison summer has 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 poison has 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 poison has gone

I swear – this is what the lyrics should have been. Unfortunately, I was unable to unbed a video of this; there are no official videos for the song on YouTube, and it looks like Mr Henley has been enforcing his copyright. I did find this live version sung by him, but embedding has been disabled. Oh well, it’s still a kickass song.

 – Apocalypse Womble out.

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