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Meaning of “The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley
According to him, one day, while driving down the famous San Diego Freeway, he was suddenly overtaken by an expensive Cadillac Seville that had a Deadhead Grateful Dead sticker placed on the bumper of the car. Henley said what he saw was a classic example of how his generation had sold out. The first storyline, which actually dominates the track, features the singer — for lack of a better word — stalking an ex-girlfriend. Indeed Don is convinced that these interactions will be fleeting and that he will eventually win her back. And he seems unable or unwilling to get over her as he reminisces on their past romantic experiences. Meanwhile the third verse veers the song in completely-different directions.
In the world of music, this honored position in the zeitgeist is serious business, meriting features , polls , and endless assertion and debate on social media. My vote goes to "Why the Fuck You Lying? Pretending you don't like music with a very catchy tune is tiring, so people take the summer off. Listen to this playlist on Apple Music. The Porgy and Bess standout is, in a sense, the genesis of Songs of the Summer. Wilson and squad de facto perfected the archetypical Song of the Summer in the '60s.
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Interpretation of “The Boys of Summer”: By Another Hand
The song's music video won several awards. He showed it to Tom Petty , but they felt it did not fit with the record they were working on, Southern Accents. At the suggestion of producer Jimmy Iovine , Campbell played it for Don Henley , who wrote the lyrics and recorded the vocal. They rerecorded the song after Henley decided to change the key. The song is cemented by a repetitive guitar riff. The lyrics appear to be about the passing of youth and entering middle age , with the nostalgic theme of "summer love"  and reminiscence of a past relationship. It was also a hit in the United Kingdom , reaching No.