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The Boys Of Summer

August 9, 2020

So, let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of The Eagles but not particularly of Don Henley’s solo career. That being said, I have found occasional gems in Henley’s music. One such “shiner” is The Boys of Summer.

The Boys of Summer features lyrics by Don Henley and music composed by Mike Campbell, guitarist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It is, in fact, the guitar work by the latter that makes this song come alive.

The song was the lead single from Henley’s album Building the Perfect Beast. It was released in October , 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.

When I started this post, I was going to feature the track that I have from the album, The Very Best of Don Henley. However, I cannot find that exact track on Youtube to share with you here. The guitar work on this cut is fantastic. Henley’s other renditions seem flat to me so I have not included any of them here. If you get a chance, hunt this one down on the album I mentioned. I think you’ll like it.

(PS – I finally found it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrvVQm6kKZ4) ENJOY!!!!

By the way, this a super fun song to play on the guitar. There are three parts so get some friends together!

Here are the lyrics:

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
Don’t know you’re not home
But I can see you
Your brown skin shining in the sun
You got your hair combed back
And your sunglasses on, baby
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
I don’t understand what happened to our love
But, baby, I’m gonna get you back
I’m gonna show you what I’m made of
I can see you
Your brown skin shining in the sun
I see you walking real slow
And you’re smiling at everyone
And 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 ’em go, but
I can see you
Your brown skin shining 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 shining in the sun
You got that hair slicked back
And those Wayfarers on, baby
And I can tell you my love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone

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5 Comments
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  2. hanspostcard permalink

    I’m the opposite I can’t stand The Eagles but I like Don Henley’s solo stuff! Go Figure.

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  3. A favorite of mine as well.

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  4. That really is a classic.

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