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Released:October 26,1984.
Recorded:1984.
Genre:Rock.
Label:Geffen.
Songwriter(s):
Don Henley Mike Campbell
Producer(s):
Don Henley Danny Kortchmar Greg Ladanyi Mike Campbell
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Lyrics:
Boys Of Summer
Don Henley.
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 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 walkin‘ 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.

The lead single from Henley’s album Building the Perfect Beast, „The Boys of Summer“ was released on October 26, 1984 and reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US as well as No. 1 on the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart and number 12 in the UK Singles Chart.

The song’s music video won several awards. „The Boys of Summer“ was also performed live by Henley with the reunited Eagles; such a version is included on the group’s 2005 Farewell 1 Tour – Live from Melbourne DVD.

Composition and history.

According to Mike Campbell, he wrote the music while working on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers‘ Southern Accents album in 1984: upon hearing it, Petty said that while he liked it, he felt that it wouldn’t fit into the album’s „flow“. Subsequently Jimmy Iovinecalled Campbell and told him that Henley was looking for material: after asking for Petty’s blessing, Campbell gave the song to Henley, who wrote the lyrics.

Henley’s song is cemented by Campbell’s 1-7-5 repetitive riff over a vi-IV-V-IV chord pattern. Superficially, the song appears to be about the passing of youth and entering middle age, with the theme of ‚summer love‘ apparent in the choruses, and of reminiscence of a past relationship.

„The Boys of Summer“ is written in the key of Eb minor.

In a 1987 interview with Rolling Stone, Henley explained that the song is more about aging and questioning the pasta recurring theme in Henley’s lyrics (cf. „The End of the Innocence“,and „Taking You Home“.

In an interview with NME in 1985, Henley explained the ‚Deadhead“ sticker on a Cadillac‘ lyrics as an example of his generation selling out:

„I was driving down the San Diego Freeway and got passed by a $21,000 Cadillac Seville, the status symbol of the Right-wing upper-middle-class American bourgeoisie – all the guys with the blue blazers with the crests and the grey pants – and there was this Grateful Dead ‚Deadhead‘ bumper sticker on it!“

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